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by Joan W. Blos

Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: Children
Author: Joan W. Blos
ISBN: 068971419X
ISBN13: 978-0153052231
Language: English
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 31, 1990)
Pages: 144
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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
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On Sunday, Oct. 17, 1830, Catherine Cabot Hall, aged 13 years, 6 months, 29 days, receives a journal from her father which she keeps for the next year and five months. Catherine lives on a farm at Meredith, NH, with her father Charles and seven-year-old sister Mary Martha, known as Matty. The girls' mother Hannah had died some four years before along with their baby brother Nathaniel. Catherine's best friend is Cassie Shipman, who lives on a farm just to the south with her parents and three brothers David, Asa, and little Willie. The book actually begins with a letter dated Nov. 20, 1899, and sent by Catherine Hall Onesti, now living in Providence, RI, to her namesake great-granddaughter on her fourteenth birthday accompanying the journal as a present.
The journal records the daily lives and special events of Cassie, her family, and friends, such as going to school, attending church services, cooking the food which is Catherine's job following the death of her mother, celebrating holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and other such activities. Catherine sees what appears to be a phantom in the woods and later, after losing her copybook outside, finds it again with the message "PLEEZ MISS TAKE PITTY I AM COLD." So she and Cassie secretly leave one of the old quilts that Catherine's mother had made for this person. Was it an apprentice who had run away, or perhaps an escaped slave? Also Catherine's father comes back from getting supplies in Boston, MA, with a new wife and her son Daniel. How will Catherine get along with her step-mother and step-brother? Then Cassie becomes seriously ill. What will happen to her? Also Cassie's Aunt Lucy arrives for an extended visit and catches the eye of the local teacher, Mr. Edward Holt. After they eventually marry and move to Exeter, they want Catherine to come stay with them to help take care of their new baby. What will Catherine do?
In one of her final entries, Catherine says, "This year, more than others, has been a lengthy gathering of days, wherein we lived, we loved, were moved; learned how to accept." The book then ends with another letter that Catherine sends to her great-granddaughter dated Dec. 9, 1899, evidently in response to a thank-you note with some questions, in which she ties up a few loose ends. Some people might find the diary-method of telling a story to be boring, but I found A Gathering of Days to be a fascinating account of New England life in the early 1800s, telling both the hardships of pioneer life and its many joys, accurately yet touchingly. The vocabulary, spelling and syntax are old-style and may present difficulties for a few children, but most youngsters, including homeschoolers, should have no problem with them. This very readable book which has nothing objectionable won the Newbery Medal in 1980.
Alsanadar
This book was amazing! I enjoyed it a lot. The author has an amazing way of writing words. I thought this book was filled with excitement and I loved every bit of it. It has also inspired me to write a journal for my future great grandchild(ren)
Kifer
Written as a diary, the story follows a young teen age girl and her family for about a year or so. The girl's reflections on her life and what is going on around her community in the 18th century. I enjoyed the story.
Hidden Winter
great story
Virn
Granddaughters love the book.
Conjukus
This book was required reading for my daughter's class. To me, the best part of this novel is that it is historical fiction. So while you're reading a story of a young lady, you're learning about the time in which she lived, along with its society and culture. It's a more interesting way to learn some history than just reading out of a history book.
Wiliniett
Very interesting. I purchased another copy for my teenage granddaughter.
Good condition.
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