Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore #1) (Hardcover)

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I mean, just read all of Ursula LeGuin, okay? She will transport you to places where the magic you know is out there becomes real, and will also give shape to your vague sense of what is wrong. Whether you need more after the Earthsea series or you just love fantasy YA (or realistic, relationship-driven YA for that matter), Gifts is a mesmerizing story about what it might mean to relinquish a toxic power, and how understanding the diversity of our gifts might help to heal the damage caused by tradition.  (Plus, magic.)

Picked by Jessica in Fort Greene

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Scattered among poor, desolate farms, the clans of the Uplands possess gifts. Wondrous gifts: the ability—with a glance, a gesture, a word—to summon animals, bring forth fire, move the land. Fearsome gifts: They can twist a limb, chain a mind, inflict a wasting illness. The Uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another. Two young people, friends since childhood, decide not to use their gifts. One, a girl, refuses to bring animals to their death in the hunt. The other, a boy, wears a blindfold lest his eyes and his anger kill.

In this beautifully crafted story, Ursula K. Le Guin writes of the proud cruelty of power, of how hard it is to grow up, and of how much harder still it is to find, in the world's darkness, gifts of light.

About the Author


URSULA K. LE GUIN was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929, and passed away in Portland, Oregon, in 2018. She published over sixty books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature, and translation. She was the recipient of a National Book Award, six Hugo and five Nebula awards, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 

Praise For…


"Gifts, in the context of Le Guin's newest, inspire fear more often than gratitude. But this book is a gift in the purest sense, as the renowned fantasist's admirers have waited 14 years since the release of Tehanu for another full-length young adult novel. . . . While intriguing as a coming-of-age allegory, Orrec's story is also rich in the earthy magic and intelligent plot twists that made the Earthsea novels classics." Booklist, 8/01/04 (starred review)

— Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780152051235
ISBN-10: 0152051236
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1st, 2004
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Annals of the Western Shore