Middler Books and More

This blog contains Bruce DuBoff's book reviews, info on other media, and related topics. It is a collaboration between the librarian and both the students of Pennsauken Intermediate School and Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken, NJ, and the general middler book reading community. The books featured here are appropriate for grades 5-8, though not all books reviewed here are appropriate for all of those ages.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry--(3 out of 4 stars)
This book reminded me a lot of The Giver. In fact, it is listed as a companion novel to her Newbery Award winning book. Gathering Blue has a female protagonist, Kira, who lives in a harsh post-apocalyptic society where only the strong survive. Kira should have been killed because of a deformity but she survives because she has a unique artistic gift.
This book is a great sci-fi novel and a powerful statement about the reality that artistic gifts are double-edged swords.


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