March/April 2017 Book Club Pick
Join us in our discussion of Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, a YA novel featuring a disabled protagonist fighting to survive in a community that shuns difference. Share your review, insights, and more using the #ThriveBooks hashtag on social media!
Gathering Blue follows the journey of Kira, a young woman with a physical disability living in a community that shuns those with "imperfections". When she's called to the Council of Guardians, she's surprised to find they have an important job for her to undertake. This novel, set in a future both scary and relatable, brings forth topics of self-worth, determination, and the necessity of fighting for what is right.
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Reading and Discussion Schedule
In March, we'll focus on reading the entire book, with possible discussions along the way. Share your thoughts at any time using #ThriveBooks on Twitter. In April, we'll talk about Gathering Blue in full; at the start of the month, there will be a discussion thread on Facebook with questions to get the chat started. But take as long as you need to read the book - you can also read ahead! Keep checking back here for new content as well.
Disability in Gathering Blue (includes spoilers) - Disability in KidLit
Interview with Lois Lowry - IndieBound
Gathering Blue summary and themes (some spoilers) - LitCharts
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