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When fifteen-year-old Nathanial moves to a sinister town that has been bruised by an ancient evil, he finds himself one of those Chosen to fight the cycle of darkness.

When fifteen-year-old Nathanial moves to a sinister town that has been bruised by an ancient evil, he finds himself one of those chosen to fight the cycle of darkness.

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Overview

When fifteen-year-old Nathanial moves to a sinister town that has been bruised by an ancient evil, he finds himself one of those Chosen to fight the cycle of darkness.

When fifteen-year-old Nathanial moves to a sinister town that has been bruised by an ancient evil, he finds himself one of those chosen to fight the cycle of darkness.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carmody, an Australian author previously unpublished here, is certain to ensnare readers with this superbly crafted novel. Her plot has all the ingredients of a supernatural horror tale: a new kid arrives in a strange, Stepford-like village and joins up with a group of fellow students who undertake a cosmic battle against a mysterious evil force. But Carmody transcends the genre by relating the story through an unusually lifelike narrator, and she gives it urgency by suggesting that its supernatural elements can be interpreted as symbols for the tensions and painful mysteries of ordinary life, the dark causalities between the sins of the past and present crises. The foreboding atmosphere achieves a nearly visceral intensity as Nathaniel, the narrator, describes ever more specific phenomena--a pervasive stench from the town slaughterhouse; the erratic behavior of his well-trained dog, who meets a grotesque fate; the uncanny similarities between the school principal and the charismatic dancing teacher of a previous generation. The suspense never slackens, and the resolutions of the many conflicts are powerfully wrought. Utterly riveting. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)
The ALAN Review - Lisa J. McClure
Carmody's first U.S. publication offers a story of suspense and horror, a timeless story of good versus evil-in this case, pitting children against adults. Nathaniel, dragged to Cheshut by his seemingly unsettled mother, senses immediately the darkness that envelopes the town but struggles to believe that evil can exist in such proportions. Blinded by their desire to create a safe place to raise their children and by their own disbelief in the reality of evil, the adults of the town, including Nathaniel's mother, are oblivious to the darkness that threatens them. Nathaniel and four other youths answer the "Call" to attempt a "Healing" by "Forging" their individual "symbols" into a "Chain." Carmody is a skillful storyteller, and her novel presents many opportunities to explore symbolism and metaphor. Beware, however: The Gathering is darkly disturbing and violent. Teaching it will require careful preparation. It is, nevertheless, worth the effort.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Vile odors, feral dogs, fascistic school monitors, and a demonic principal combine to convince Nathaniel, 15, that something is terribly wrong in his new town. As part of a class assignment, he probes into local history and discovers the shocking truth about the death of a school janitor years ago. The evil from that chilling incident still grips Cheshunt and is now rapidly gaining power. Nathaniel finds himself drawn to a group of misfits at school and they are soon involved in a struggle against the terrible forces that seek total control of the community. Suspense builds slowly and creates an atmosphere of grim foreboding. However, Nathaniel is the only one of the young people whose personality is distinct, and the fantasy elements in the plot are not fully developed. The principal is, of course, pure evil. The other adults are mostly unaware of the epic battle shaping up around them. Only when evil is about to triumph do the young people at last understand the true nature of their power. It is this last-minute insight, however, that makes the chilling climax a success. The message-that love, loyalty, and true friendship can conquer jealousy and hatred-will not be lost on readers. What will attract and hold them, though, are the superbly crafted elements of horror, which are the story's real strength.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140360592
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    The Gathering

    Nathaniel moved with his mother to Chestnut. Once he was there he felt that something was very wrong. The aroma of death was everywhere. His mother said it was just the slaughterhouse up on a hill just behind the school. His first day of school was his worst. Nathaniel senses that something is wrong with his principle, Mr. Karle. He has this evil murder smile with razor sharp teeth. Nathaniel goes for a walk with his dog, The Tod. The dog starts running towards the school, sensing something was off. They end up running into two people from his school, Bear and Danny. They were stealing from the school. Nathaniel had no choice but to join them. If he didn't, Danny had a knife up his sleeve and threatened to kill. Later on, two more people join the group, Nisse, and Lallie. They answered the call to defeat darkness. Nathaniel was told he had to find his symbol, he then realized it was in Mr. Karle's office. He finally got his symbol and was officially part of the group. The Gathering decided to go up to the slaughterhouse and do their healing there.it's just a matter of time until they get caught.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    This book sucks

    The Gathering has no realistic plot which would allow any readers to follow the storyline better. If someone was reading 'she stabbed the sorrowed earth and it seemed to make a harrowing howl' they would not be able to comprehend what was happening in the given context. This apalling book barely deserves the 2 stars I luckily gave it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    AWESOME BOOK A MUST READ

    This book is on my favorites list. I luv it and read it constantly. Tho, it is a very easy read, It still great. It has horror, suspense, and supernatural. I recommend it to anyone, it's a classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    A good book

    The Gathering is a great book with a good ending. It keeps you guessing the whole way through. It is extremely interesting, I'd reccommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    AWSOME!!!

    This book is the best i've ever read! The way it mixes reality of a broken family, the supernateral of magic, the excitment of adventure, and the love story told from Nat's eyes makes a perfect combonation of a awsome book. I've found this book so compelling I read it seven times in a matter of a week and a half!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    Intrigueing

    This book is very interesting. This kept me interested so much that I could not put it down. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I recommend this book to anyone who likes school age setting mixed with a little magic mixed in.

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