Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos

This novel, written in diary form, tells of "a pivotal year for 19th-century New Englander Catherine Cabot Hill--one of change, loss, and leave taking . . . a low-key, intense and reflective book."--School Library Journal, starred review. 1980 Newbery Award book.

First line:
"I, Catherine Cabot Hall, aged 13 years, 7 months, 8 days, of Meredith in the State of New-Hampshire, do begin this book."

And thus begins the journey we take with Catherine. From harsh winters, sweltering summers, best bosom friends, school, new mamann's and death.
I enjoyed the historical events woven into a story from the viewpoint of a thirteen-year old girl.
Catherine, her sister Matty and their father live in a small home where Catherine is in charge, her mother having died after giving birth to a son, who also died. The reader gets a glimpse of life in New England in a hard time. I enjoyed the stories Uncle Jack told, the innocence of life in this era and uplifting way most people treated each other.

Stories from 1830's
History woven into story

Wanted to know more about Catherine after 1832!


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