The First Book of the Western Shore

Cover for GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin

PEN/USA award to Gifts

Sept. 4, 2005

The Judges say: "Gifts confirms Ursula Le Guin's ability to invent a country where the natural and supernatural seem both harrowing and mundane. In the Uplands, families fear one another because of their inherited gifts: the power to destroy both enemies and kin with 'a glance, a gesture, a word.' The book asks a question of great moral weight:..." [continued]


He was lost when he came to us, and I fear the silver spoons he stole from us didn't save him when he ran away and went up into the high domains. Yet in the end the lost man, the runaway man was our guide. [continued...]

Harcourt Children's Books
September 1, 2004
ISBN: 0152051236


Le Guin's 'Gifts' unwraps questions about the control or misuse of power

"In this moment in history, as well as in the current political climate, perhaps it's impossible not to see commentary behind every character in a young adult fantasy novel. But Le Guin's detailing of the consequences of greed, bullying and misused power is timeless as well as timely, and has the deep, lasting ring of truth that makes for well-loved, enduring young adult literature. [complete review]"

— Erin Ergenbright
Portland Oregonian
Sunday, August 29, 2004

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