Gathering Blue

by Lois Lowry

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What are three character or personality traits for Kira, Thomas, and Matt in Gathering Blue?

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Kira is brave and empathetic. For instance, she is shocked by how the villagers physically and psychologically harm one another. Furthermore, she does not agree with the way the Council manages its affairs. The members manipulate artists, which results in Kira secretly fighting the Council while masquerading as one of them.

On the other hand, Matt is rebellious. For instance, he disobeys his mother and continuously steals food. Matt’s family disowns him because of his rebellious nature. In addition, Matt is caring. He goes out of his way to find the best gift for Kira as a token of appreciation.

Conversely, Thomas is helpful and passionate about art. He looks forward to the day when he will be allowed to carve. Also, Thomas helps Kira to look for Matt and access Jo’s room.

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Kira is resourceful--although she is crippled, she finds ways to make herself useful even as a child, gathering cloth scraps from the looms. She is hard-working, a constant help to her mother and a tireless weaver. She is compassionate, as shown in her concern for her mother and for Jo.

Matt is energetic and courageous, which he proves by daring to venture into the unknown to find "blue". He is also intensely loyal, which he proves by protecting Kira's things after her mother's death.

Thomas is intelligent and observant. He knows his way through the Edifice's maze-like interior, and is not afraid to consider ideas outside the norm. He is also deeply artistic, and notes that the more he works on the singer's staff, the farther he feels from his "gift".

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