A Newbery Award winner, I found this book to be slow-paced though I enjoyed the subject matter. This is the fictional diary of a young girl growing up in New England in 1830-1832. The voice was very authentic and the research well done, but just not compelling. I started this book almost a year ago, was distracted, and never found a reason to pick it up again till now, and only because I didn't have anything I was dying to read at the moment. Still, I liked it for the portrayal of life in the period. Not sure how much I would have enjoyed it if I'd read it as a child or teen.
From back of book:
The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.
What a great story, it was so much in a thin book. We read it with our middle school homeschoolers book club and it drew out two hours of discussion. Add it to your studies of the Civil War.
Unabridged -- 3 Cassettes/3.75 hours -- Narrated by Cynthia Maurice
Winner of The Newbery Medal, 1980
The American Book Award (Children's Books), 1980
Catherine's mother has died, following the birth of an infant son, and when her father decides to remarry, Catherine faces painful changes, not the least of them in herself.
A provocative story for our times, carved from the granite of New England traditions, told in the form of a journal kept by Catherine Hall
a diary of a nineteenth century girl.
Journal of a girl coming of age in nineteenth-century New Hampshire.
Winner of the Newberry Medal
As a Christian family we steer away from stories with mystic or halloween-type content. This was my reason for not keeping the book.