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In the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery, Kira is a young girl who should have been put to death according to the laws of the community. Kira has a disability. She has one side of her body that has a leg that drags behind her and causes her pain and discomfort.
Kira's mother had taught Kira to be as strong and independent as possible. She taught her how to be a weaver and learn from her. She is a strong and determined young lady. After her mother's death she goes off on her own, but right away she begins to think of the things that she will need and have to do to survive.
"Somehow she would build a cott. Then she would find a way to make a life."(3)
Kira is gifted with her hands and can figure out how to make useful items. Her mother had taught her how weave through woven fabric and to use colorful threads to make a pattern.
"Kira had always had a clever way with her hands."(19)
Kira is courageous. After Jo, the little singer's parents had died, she went to visit Jamison to find out about the child. Kira learned that she was locked up at Jamison's. She decides to help the child and tells her to wait that she would come back for her. (page 136)
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