A Gathering of Days A New England Girls Journal 1830-32
A Gathering of Days A New England Girls Journal 183032 Author:Joan W> Blos The John Newberry Medal has been awarded annually since 1922, under the supervision of the American Library Association, to books that are considered the most distinguished contributions to literature for children. — A Gathering of Days — I, Catherine Cabot Hall, aged 13 years, 6 months, 29 days . . . do begin this book. — So begins the journal of ... more »a girl coming of age in nineteenth-century New Hampshire.
Catherine records both the hardships of pioneer life and its many joys. Even as she struggles with her mother's death and fathers eventual remarriage, Catherine's indomitable spirit makes the saga as oftentimes uplifting and joyous one.
Quiet yet powerful, this award-winning book is sure to touch all who read it.
Joan W. Blos is authus of the companion book, Brothers of the Heart, also available as an Aladdin paperback« 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.
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.