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A Gathering of Days
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 »
ISBN-13: 9781556906466
ISBN-10: 1556906463
Publication Date: 1992

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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.
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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