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“Mother?” There was no reply. She hadnt expected one. Her mother had been dead now for four days, and Kira could tell that the last of the spirit was drifting away. “Mother.” She said it again, quietly, to whatever was leaving. She thought that she could feel its leavetaking, the way one could feel a small whisper of breeze at night.

Now she was all alone. Kira felt the aloneness, the uncertainty, and a great sadness.

This had been her mother, the warm and vital woman whose name had been Katrina. Then after the brief and unexpected sickness, it had become the body of Katrina, still containing the lingering spirit. After four sunsets and sunrises, the spirit too was gone. It was simply a body. Diggers would come and sprinkle a layer of soil over the flesh, but even so it would be eaten by the clawing, hungry creatures that came at night. Then the bones would scatter, rot, and crumble to become part of the earth.

Kira wiped briefly at her eyes, which had filled suddenly with tears. She had loved her mother, and would miss her terribly. But it was time for her to go. She wedged her walking stick in the soft ground, leaned on it, and pulled herself up.

Copyright © 2000 by Lois Lowry

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547345789
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Science fiction
Author:
Lowry Lois
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Subject:
Social Situations - Special Needs
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Physically handicapped
Subject:
Social Issues - Special Needs
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Fantasy & Magic
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20141007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
7-7
Language:
English
Pages:
1088
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
12-12

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Product details 1088 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547345789 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Four critically acclaimed, award-winning modern classics in one competitively priced boxed set with newly designed jackets from the two-time Newbery Award Winner Lois Lowry.
"Synopsis" by ,
In perhaps her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit and that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kiras plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

"Synopsis" by , Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.
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