Monday, April 12, 2010

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

I read this book for a book report, and I had to write a letter to the author. This was a nice change of pace, the story is told in a diary format, which really helps you feel like you are in Catherine's life. Like many Newbery’s this is really a growing up story, but the historical fiction adds another interesting level. I really enjoyed learning some of the Old English words the author used. The Old English is this book was MUCH more understandable than how it was used in The Dark Frigate.

Rating: *****


  1. Laura,
    I saw that you will be coming to the ALA conference in Washington, D.C. That will be great!

    I have a 9-year-old grandson. I wonder if you could suggest some books that would appeal to a boy that age.


  2. Larry,
    I REALY want to go the ALA conference and am trying to work it out. Luckily for me, these take place in the summer (school will be out) and in Washington DC (my grandparents live in Arlington and my parents are willing to consider timing our annual summer visit to match the conference).
    I had a chance to read the preliminary program online and am really interested in attending these events:
    • ALSC Newbery Caldecott Banquet (so cool!)
    • Book Blogs: Not Just for Geeks Anymore (because I am a book bloggers, it would be great to learn more)
    • Celebrating the Spoken Word with Poetry for Young People (I LOVE poetry and am a published poet)
    • And The STACKS (to meet authors and other books lovers) (I also hope to meet Katherine Paterson)
    Looking at the program all of this cost TONS of money and I am only 10 so I have to take my mom too. Wish me luck!!!
    There are SO many great books for 9 year old boys. If he like to laugh I recommend anything by Richard Peck, especially a Year Down Yonder and The Teacher's Funeral. My brother, who is 12, and I just read Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka and it was “laugh out loud” funny. If he likes adventure than Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain are great! If he likes American history then I would try Farmer Boy or Johnny Tremain. If he is at all interested in China I would recommend Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Shen of the Sea. I also really recommend Anything But Typical and of course all the Harry Potter books. If you know more about what he has liked to read recently than I can give you suggestions that meet that. Sometimes my grandparents read the books that I am reading so we can talk about it so you might pick one to both read or if you ride in the car together get a book on CD to listen to and talk about, we LOVE to do that with my Hardin Grandparents.
    Maria , Newbery judge, and reading expert who has a blog recommended this site for my brother to find books,, you might want to check it out!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!!!