|Reading Level (Conceptual):||Children 12 and up |
|Reading Level (Vocabulary):||Children 12 and up |
|Genre:||Science fiction, girl heroine |
|Year of publication:||2000 |
Gathering Blue is a companion novel to The Giver, kind of like next-door-Dystopias. But this one is about a girl born with gifts, not engineered to have them.
I am always amazed by books in which children are treated barbarically. (Sometimes I flash back to a time when I did not believe that people would be horribly abused just because they are different.) Books like this one are difficult to read, not because the words in them are hard, but because their messages are so harsh.
If I had to choose between Gathering Blue and The Giver, hands down, I'd go with the Giver.
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