Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832

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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. 1980 Newbery Award book.

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 ...

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Overview

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. 1980 Newbery Award book.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689714191
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 186,924
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    A Gathering of Days

    Every little girl at some point has kept a diary, and although this little girl was growing up in 1830¿s she was no different. This book is a day by day gathering of what all she went through over a couple of years in her life. What Catherine goes through in this story is very typical of the hardships that the pioneers went through everyday. She has to deal with the death of her mother, and becoming the mother of sorts in her own home by taking care of the cooking, sewing, and looking after her younger sister. She also has to deal with the total unexpected remarriage of her father after a week long trip to Boston. Read this heartwarming story of this little girl and what all she goes through everyday. The author of this book Joan W. Blos was born in 1928 in New York, New York. She has enjoyed reading and writing from the time that she was a little girl, she says it has always been a huge part of her life. As a teenager she published one of her stories in a national magazine. With this particular story she has won the prestigious Newberry Award and the American Book Award for Children Fiction in 1980.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    Good, but confusing

    At first this book was very bad. But when I got into to it more it started to get good. My only complaint is that you read one entry and then it automaticly goes to a new topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    A Gathering of Days

    A Gathering of Days Aladdin Library, 1990, 144pp., $4.99 Joan W. Blos ISBN # 06897114991X Catherine Cabot Hall, the main character, writes in her journal every night. Catherine is also very brave. Catherine has a sister and her name is Martha Hall, now Martha is very plain and doesn¿t like to do anything. The mother died four years ago from a really bad and high fever. She¿s buried two blocks away and before school they go visit her grave. Charles Hall is a very hard working father of the two girls. Cassie is Catherine¿s best friend. The problem in this book is fist of all the mother died, while Catherine Hall is trying to run away, and all she brings with her is her quilt that her mother made for her when Catherine was three. I rare this story a six with ten was being the greatest, because this book was not very interesting. The book won the Newbery Award in 1980. It¿s a first person omniscient. The ending is the saddest part. She just runs away and all she brings is herself and her quilt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Grear book

    This book is a realy good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Read please

    Please be sweet. Please be gracious.

    Your most gracious tyshu.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    i didn't like it

    A gathering of days wasn't a good book. It was hard to understand and really confusing. It was about a girl named Catherine Hill. She wrote in a journal that was given to her by her father. Her mother died and she's going through a hard time. She thinks she sees a ghost in the woods behind her house. When her and her friend goes to investigate it they find out that it isn't a ghost at all. It's a prisoner who they think escaped from slavery. I wouldn't recommend this book to any one unless you like books that don't make sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    A great history book!

    Wow! This book taught me so much about the 1800's, but in a provocotive and touching perspective. A great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    A Young Girl Growing up in New England

    This book was not what I thought it would be. The beginning was a little hard to understand because it didn't use modern day english. The events she talks about later on in the book are easier to understand and follow along with. The author states that she included research in the book, but I only found a few parts where it seems the research was included. I don't think it completely reflected the time frame in which the title says.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2005

    A Gathering of Misfortunes...

    Catherine's life is hard her mother dead, and now her best friend! She finds a way to pull it together, but her life gets harder every day. The book is very strong, it made me cry! Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    it was a pretty good

    i thought the book was ok... it was nice how it was about friendship,hard times ,and struggles. i thought this book was a great! i rate this book a 6-10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    OK BUT NOT GREAT

    This book was an ok book. i really didnt like it because it kept going to different days of her life and it was very hard to understand.Its for people who like older kind of books. When we had to read it in our language arts class i could hardley remember anything we read the day before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    It was ok...

    the book was pretty good and explained a lot about the 1800's and even though i jus kind of skimmed through it and dont remember anything about it I think it was pretty good of what I remember about it...!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Terrible

    I think this book was terrible. I just wanted to fall asleep when I was reading it. I had to read it for my 8th grade language arts class this year for a book report, and I thought it was a waste of time. I know i am only 14 but I love reading and this just destroyed my likings for a book about another time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    Not that Great!

    The book I read was a diary. Ithink it is a little far fetched. In the time period I could see some of the things that went on, but not all. The main charicter was Catherine Cabot Hall. Each day she grew up a little. It took place in Meridth, new Hampshire, in the 1830. You got to see how she lived in the 1830s. That was the point the art5her was trying to get across.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    It was outstanding on how life was in the 1830's

    It was outstanding on how life was in the 1830's! i love the was she had written the book how it was written in a journal!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    horrible

    A Gaethering of Days is a horrible book! I don't think it deserves the Newbery Award. There is no plot and something weird happens everyday. It is very hard to follow on this terrible book. If you don't understand it, well, What Is there To Understand?

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