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The Gift Moves

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Path down the Mountain journeys far from her home to live and study the art of weaving with Heron, a master weaver famous for her brilliantly colored cloth. Under Heron’s vigilant eye, Path begins to learn the secrets of the loom. But Path has secrets of her own. Secrets about her family and her past that she will not share with anyone, until she meets the baker’s son, a b ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Laurel Leaf (first published April 22nd 2004)
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Mar 04, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Truly extraordinary science fiction that focuses on people and their motives, not cool tech (though, if you look, there's plenty of that). It's set in the Southeastern U.S. in the far future, at a time when buses are made of termite colonies and batteries grow on trees. In this world, much that is true and beautiful has been lost (for example, young Path Down the Mountain, one of the two protagonists, has no idea what a "chapel" is). But much has also been retained. And people are people, with t ...more
May 10, 2010 Lily rated it it was amazing
Author: Steve Lyon
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Date of Publication: 2006
Genre: Fitction

Spring is here and summer solstice is fast approaching. Path down the Mountain is to apprentice with Heron, the renouned weaver. Though Heron is astounding at her craft, she is strict and sharp of tounge. When Path meets Bird Speaks, the bakers boy, will Heron's punishments be enough to keep them apart? Will Path confide her twisted past to the infatuated Bird? Set in a world that is quite unlike ours, but with a fa
Jun 29, 2007 Erica rated it liked it
Huzzah! A book about the future that isn't distopian! The title of the story "The Gift Moves" is also the central theme, which I found compelling, though maybe a little too bright-eyed. I like the idea of gifts not staying forever with a person, constantly cycling. Not *exactly* communist, more buddhist, perhaps? (more philosophical than political?) Though the characters and dialoge seemed a little one-dimensional and stilted, it was still an enjoyable light read.
Feb 11, 2009 Elaina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Once again, one of those post-apocolyptic books that I seem to gravitate towards. However, I honestly feel as if this one would appeal to a wider audience. To quote Booklist, "Lyons' soulful first novel...projects a civilization returned to a barter-based village culture, structured around a shamanistic religion that borrows more from America's preconquest roots than from sf futurism."
Aug 28, 2008 Uen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly fascinating book set in a very different sort of society. This book shows what two people do to attract the other and how one girl learns to adapt to a different lifestyle. This book is also a book of a girl's journey to let go of her past and live for the future.
Sep 07, 2012 Starla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think anyone reading this book would enjoy it. The concept ot "The Gift Moves" is the part I found so facinating about the book.
A young girl, Path, and her journey is very moving.
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May 30, 2011 Charina Del Mar rated it it was amazing
very humorous book. first book i ever purchased and it's very worth it. i love the story .
Jul 15, 2007 Margo rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: shy, quiet types
Poetic, colorful tale of love and moving on. Dystopic? Depends on your POV.
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Cats talk! What's not to love??
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