By Joan W. Blos
I, Catherine Cabot corridor, elderly thirteen years, 6 months, 29 days...do commence this book.
So starts off the magazine of a woman coming of age in nineteenth-century New Hampshire. Catherine documents either the hardships of pioneer existence and its many triumphs. whilst she struggles along with her mother's loss of life and father's eventual remarriage, Catherine's indomitable spirit makes this saga an often uplifting and joyous one.
Quiet but robust, this Newbery Medal-winning e-book is certain to the touch all who learn it.
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Extra resources for A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32
But threats couldn’t keep the archduke from his duty,” Count Volger said. ” Alek held his throbbing head; he could still taste the chemicals in his mouth. ” Count Volger sighed. ” Alek shut his eyes. It always pained Father when Sophie wasn’t allowed to stand beside him at official receptions. More punishment for loving a woman who wasn’t royal. The thought of his parents dead was absurd. “This is a trick to keep me quiet. ” No one answered. The cabin resonated with the growl of Daimler engines and the scrape of branches against camouflage netting.
The moon was less than half full, and the estate’s hunting forests stretched like a black sea across the valley. At this hour even the lights of Prague had died out to a mere inkling. When Alek saw the walker, a soft cry escaped his lips. It stood taller than the stable’s roof, its two metal feet sunk deep into the soil of the riding paddock. It looked like one of the Darwinist monsters skulking in the darkness. This wasn’t some training machine—it was a real engine of war, a Cyklop Stormwalker.
But he eased back on the throttle, grateful for a moment of rest, bringing the Stormwalker to a halt on the trail. Inside his piloting jacket Alek was soaked with sweat. “Disagreeable in every way, Your Highness,” Volger said. ” Alek turned to Otto Klopp and frowned. “Make good time? But this is just practice. ” Klopp didn’t answer, his eyes glancing up at the count. Alek pulled his hands from the saunters and swiveled the pilot’s chair around. ” The wildcount stared down at him in silence, and Alek felt suddenly very alone out here in the darkness.
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos