Friday, May 22, 2009

The amazing power of Lois Lowry

So I just paused for breath and found that I had read 123 pages of the semi-sequel to The Giver, entitled Gathering Blue. So far it is a beautiful children's story. It is a truism that the best stories always involve an orphan with a special destiny, who hears the voice of her mother in her dreams and times of stress, calmly evoking the warmth of the hearth. But Lowry takes that commonplace and makes you want to be that orphan.

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