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

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

by Joan W. Blos


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780689714191
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/31/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 147,641
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Ryan_a_WV More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written in the form of a journal, this book is the story of a year in the life of a fourteen year old girl living in New England in the early 1830¿s. During the year, Catherine helps a runaway slave, loses her best friend, sees her widowed father remarry, and leaves her farm forever. There is something about a book written as a journal that draws the reader close to the characters. I had just started this book when a fifth grader came into the library and asked if I could find her a book like A Gathering of Days. She loved it and wanted to read more books like it.
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pleasant and enjoyable - never got taken out of the story by awkward phrasing, unbelievable events, or confusing storytelling - but not lingering. I appreciated the thoughts on moral education, reflecting on how differently children are raised today (and tending to prefer the stricter times!). I enjoyed the time spent reading this book, but I am not sure it will stay with me.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one's just another historical novel about a farm girl. This time the era is the 1830s and the setting is New Hampshire. Catherine is a 13 year old girl, living with her widowed father and younger sister. There's nothing that stands out about the book, save that Catherine's not overly spunky. But that doesn't make it bad. It's a nice, easy read that gives a taste of life as it was in rural New England.--J.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of Catherine Hall, a young New Hampshire girl in the 1830s, is told through her diary entries. Catherine's mother died several years before the diary begins. Catherine and her younger sister, Matty, live with their father on his farm. Their closest neighbors, the Shipmans, are a source of support. Mrs. Shipman advises Catherine about housekeeping matters, and Mr. Shipman and the Shipman boys assist Catherine's father with his farming work after their own is done. Cassie Shipman is Catherine's best friend. They often do their chores together, and they walk to school together when it's in session.Catherine's diary chronicles many changes in her life over an 18-month period. The school teacher stirs up controversy by reading from Boston abolitionist newspapers during class time. For Catherine, the question of slavery isn't abstract when she encounters a mysterious stranger, probably a runaway slave, who asks for her help. After several years as a widower, Catherine's father decides to remarry, and Catherine must adjust to a new stepmother, stepbrother, and a new position within the household. In their early teens, Catherine and her friends are on the brink of womanhood. Catherine faces the loss of two childhood companions, one to death, the other to the mills in Lowell, Massachusetts.Catherine led a much different life than modern teenagers. Farm families like Catherine's had to work hard year-round to make sure they had adequate clothing, household goods, and food to last through the bitterly cold winters. She writes in her diary of visits from peddlers and weavers, of picking berries, of trips to Boston to sell farm products and to purchase supplies, and of community events like the opening of the roads after the winters snows and of maple sugaring in the spring. While Catherine's daily activities were very different from the modern teenager's, she faced many of the same issues, like adjusting to a blended family and dealing with the loss of friends. I can't think of a more enjoyable way to learn about daily life in a different century. Highly recommended.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a look into the life of a girl living in New England in the early 1800's. Written as a journal, the story tells of Catherine's life the year her father remarried, her best friend died, and she helped a run-away slave escape to Canada. It was an enjoyable read, but didn't really capture my imagination. Still, a well-written historical novel.
sylvatica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting slice-of-life look at New England in the 1830s. Even though it was written in the 1970s, it is pretty historically accurate (to my untutored mind at least) ¿ dealing with distances, snow, and the isolation of a community in New Hampshire. The characters are believable, and the story is wonderfully understated. While there are major events in this book, they happen in and among normal and small events ¿ just like real life. The book covers somewhat less than two years, and you are left wanting to know more about this girl¿s life after the diary ends. (pannarrens)
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is just what my weary spirit needed. This is a simple tale told from the perspective of 13 year old Catherine Hall, set in pioneer days of New Hampshire during the dates of 1830-1832. With a feel similar to the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book has a lyrical rolling quality while depicting the joys and hardships of pioneer days.It harkens back to a time when children respected teachers and parents, when everyone shared responsibility of maintaining components of survival and when what would now be considered simple pleasures, held so much meaning then.Here is a snipet:"Teacher Orpha sometimes permits the conduct of school out of doors. On these days we convene near the tree, the littlest ones gathering close to her, and some times, even, one of the babes will lay his head in her lap "Poor little thing," she'll say with a smile. Or maybe, "Pretty dreamer!"Then does the droning of our voices rival that of the somnolent bees while off to one side, the more wakeful infants intone their little verses, and their abc's."Recommended for a fall day when the air is crisp and the frost is on the pumpkin.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please be sweet. Please be gracious. Your most gracious tyshu.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an almost 11 year old girl do youthink i wil like this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a realy good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book taught me so much about the 1800's, but in a provocotive and touching perspective. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!