Gathering Blue Layden hogue

Exemplary Evaluator May 4

  1. She wrote The Giver. 2. Her son died because of sloppy engineering. 3. She divorced her husband in 1978. 4. She wrote the series (starting with 'The Giver.') based off her son's death. 5. She likes gardening. 6. She's the middle child. 7. She has an older sister (Helen) and a younger brother (Jon). 8. She was a very imaginative and solitary child. 9. Her dad was an "Army Dentist." 10. She was born in Hawaii. 11. She started school in New York. 12. Her dad had to go overseas, so she finished Elementary School in Pennsylvania. 13. In her sixth grade she moved to Tokyo. 14. She graduated High School in New York. 15. She married a Naval officer at the age of nineteen. 16. Her daughter was born in Connecticut. 17. Her son was born Florida. 18. Her daughter and son was born in Massachusetts. 20. Her children grew up in Maine, and she went back to college there. 21. She was forty when her marriage ended. 22. She has a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier. 23. She has a funny cat named Lulu. 24. A Summer To Die was her first book. 25. She was a grandmother.

Connection Builder May 3

My book is similar to the situation in Libya right now. Kira had no rights. She only had one way to have protection, and it was that if she was killed, the person who killed her had to die. That was it. The younger kids would be slapped and not cared for, a put under pressure to be able to do things. In Libya, there's very few human rights. There's virtually nothing to keep them from harassment or assault.

Bonus: Honestly, there's not a whole lot to do. They could become like us, make strict laws for protection. But, really, many people don't respect those laws. So the best solution is make and enforce those laws, maybe see if anybody will step forward and talk about it there to show the problems of assault, harassment, and unequal representation for human rights.

May !, Word Wizard

Literary Luminary April 28

Discussion Director April 26

Real people: Kim Jong-un: He dictates what his people think and see. People also worship him.

Clint Eastwood: He refused to make ADA building for physically disabled people. (aka, refusing to make an elevator)

David I. Weprin: He is trying to pass a bill to fine non-government approved writing. (limited freedom of speech and press)

Adolf Hitler- In truth, destroys people he doesn't think is perfect. Jews, political enemies, crippled people, you get the jist.

Robert Mugabe- He killed over 20,000 civilians because he didn't get any votes from a certain region. If that doesn't shout, "you have no say, I have the best ideas," I don't know what does.

During the Holocaust, it was less known that along with other groups of people, people with physical and mental disabilities were discriminated against and jailed, or sent away. Kira was almost banished from the village because of her physical disability.

This one relates to America, because the women were not allowed to vote for the longest time. Thankfully, this was changed quite a while ago, but in her village it is still a law.

It turns out, thirty eight percent of the world can't read or write. Mostly in third world countries. Guess what? The majority of that percentage is women, because there are still some countries that are basically in the colonial American era.

This one relates to Kim Jong-un again. In North Korea, it is virtually impossible to get in or get out. If you do get out, well, you're kind of screwed. You will be jailed and possibly killed. Exactly like how they have the field and use it as a threat and a way to kill people or scare them into not leaving.

Unalienable rights were written and introduced a while ago. Although, it seems that is not the case everywhere. Let's take Libya for example. There aren't laws for protecting kids and other people from assault or harassment. Kira was verbally harassed by a group of women, and the toddlers were abused by their parents.

The Hutu and Tutsis' are a pretty good example for showing the lack of kindness and morals. In the village, you had to be pretty rough and strong to be at the top and more wealthy. Or the other way around. The Hutu and Tutsis' are brutal towards each other because of economic differences, mainly the Hutus' being jealous of the Tutsis'. It all depended on who was wealthy and higher up, it didn't matter how they acted towards each other.

Asia, Africa, and South America all have limitations on human rights also. Girls can be inherited and sold to men 5 times their age. They have no say. It makes me glad to be in America.

Exemplary Evaluator April 25

The entire reason that they throw people out is because they aren't "perfect." Whether it be a disability, an injury, or they're unhealthy. So, it would make sense that she would use this, because everyone already thinks she isn't useful. Why not add imperfect to the mix? It's just another reason to get her out of the village.

Connection Builder April 24

Honestly, my character and I don't have much in common. I mean, we're both pretty confident about ourselves. We both take some pride in ourselves, our actions, and where we come from. I guess another thing we have in common is that we both have special skills. Just kidding. The only "special" talent I have is singing. Although, even that's not very good or special. Oh well. It's very difficult to find something in common, because we have different circumstances. Oh. Here's one. We both are very social. You know how she made friends very quickly? Well i'm that way too. Okay, that's all I think.

April 19 Literary Luminary

Discussion Director April 18

In the book Gathering Blue, which is a science fiction by Lois Lowry, the main character is named Kira. Even though Kira's dad died before she was born, and her mom died a short time ago, she is still positive. Sure, she seemed sort of nervous or paranoid, but that's what she grew up around. Because of her talent and her mom, she was kind and positive. She, unlike the others there, actually had hope for humanity.

"'Take pride in your pain," her mother had always told her. "'You are stronger than those who have none.'" She remembered that now and tried to find the pride her mother taught her to feel." She knew that she was worth something, even if she was crippled. She knew to take pride, stay positive, and be sure of herself. Her mom played a big role in her confidence.

She got nervous easily, though. She had to tell herself the above quote to help calm her nerves. During the hearing, she kept feeling uncertain. She always seemed to be on edge, suspecting people for different things. Thankfully, help piece of cloth helped calm her nerves too.

Exemplary Evaluator April 17

Even with the rise of power from violence and strength, it's obvious that without the kindness, they aren't going to get very far.

Connection Builder April 13

My novel and the book 'The Whispering Town' were alike in a few ways. Both were about how there was people against each other, but there were also a few kind people that helped them out. When Christopher came back, he talked about how they made a society. People helped him walk around, because he was blind. It was the same in that way. People's kindness helped guide the Jews and keep them secret. It also talked about them giving extra supplies to the people hiding the Jews. In the village that the people tossed to the field created, they helped and sheltered the people. That just goes to show that kindness plays a large role in both books.

Character Captain April 12


Talented, happy, trusting.

Daughter of Christopher and Katrina.

She likes to thread, visit Annabella, and play with Matt.

She's ambitious.

She holds her ground.

She is known to other people for being kind.

For being talented with thread.

For her father leaving while hunting.

She didn't let anything put her down,

while she was in the village.

make a prediction about how your novel will end.

The ending didn't surprise me too much. I knew that something was off, especially when it seemed Jamison killed Annabella for saying that there were no beasts. I was expecting her to go to the field by herself, though, and discover it herself, which didn't happen.

Literary Luminary April 10

page numbers: 1) pg 11 ¨It was terrifying, almost unbelievable, the casualness of the cruelty.¨ 2) pg 14 "Laughing contemptuously, the woman sauntered away, her hands filled with dirt-encrusted carrots." 3) pg 17 "She stood

comments: 1) I think that this is a good way to describe something like this. It's sort of like when someone is unknowingly (or knowingly) telling someone something you didn't want them to know. It's pretty relatable.

2) This goes to show that even though this was supposed to be a perfect society, many people are sort of, well, jerks.





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