A Gathering of Days Author:Joan W. Blos, Madeleine Potter From AudioFile — The accumulation of events in a thirteen-year-old's journal shapes the world of New England, 1830, in this Newbery award-winning novel for young adults. A runaway slave tests Puritan notions of justice and mercy as the joys and sorrows of life and death vie for ascendance. Reading with energy and sincerity, Madeleine Potter captu... more »res the simplicity of the journal as an art form. The charming poetry of these characters' lives emerges clearly in her realistic cadence and earnest, confessional tone. Distinct characterizations of other speakers exist through the voice of Catherine, the young writer of the journal, saving the reader from a one-dimensional experience.--C.F.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine« less
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.