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Title:
A gathering of days : a New England girl's journal, 1830-32 : a novel
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ISBN:
9780684163406

9780812401226

9781435200098

9780689714191
Publication Information:
New York : C. Scribner's Sons, ©1979.
Physical Description:
144 pages ; 22 cm.
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Summary:
The book is written in the form of a journal kept by Catherine Hall, a young girl living in a rural village in New England with her widower father and younger sister. The journal details her daily life between the years of 1830 and 1832. Among the events of these two years are several that would have a profound impact on the rest of her life. These include her assistance to an escaped slave, her father's remarriage, and the sudden death of her best friend.
Reading Level:
960L Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 6.7 5.

Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.7 5.0 221.

6-8 8.0 Reading Counts RC 6.1 4347.

Accelerated Reader Middle Grade 6.7 5.0 Kilgore Intermediate.
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TEEN FIC BLOS
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Blos
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J FIC BLOS 1980
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J AWARDS BLOS 1980
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J Blos, J.
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The journal of a 14-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.


Author Notes

Joan W. Blos was born in New York City on December 9, 1928. She received a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a master's degree in psychology from the City University of New York. She wrote many children's books including In the City, People Read, Joe Finds a Way, and Just Think written with author Betty Miles. A Gathering of Days received the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. She also taught at the University of Michigan and Bank Street College of Education. She died on October 12, 2017 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Kirkus Review

The jacket calls it a novel and an author's note advises that the people are fictitious, but this takes the shape of a diary, and notwithstanding a slow and humdrum beginning, we quite come to believe in it. The journal relates a crucial year or so in the life of Catherine Cabot Hall, age 13 at the start, a year in which she secretly aids a fugitive who turns out to be a runaway slave, comes to accept her father's new wife, and experiences the death of a muchloved friend. The tone is suitably restrained, and the language, which means to mimic accurately the speech and writing patterns of the period, is so awkwardly formal at times that to follow it the reader must be sharply attentive. The reward is a warm and interesting glimpse into a past way of life dependent on the close society of neighbors, friends, and family. Carefully researched and convincingly delivered. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.