by Lois Lowry
Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There, she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world's past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer's staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. But the menace of authority hovers over them, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song. See also the other books in the Giver Quartet.