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A Gathering Light

By Jennifer Donnelly

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| Paperback | 9780747570639

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When mattie Gokey is given a bundle of letters to burn she fully intends to execute the wishes of the giver, Grace Brown. When Grace Brown is found drowned the next day in Big Moose Lake, Mattie finds that it is not as easy to burn those letters as s Continue

When mattie Gokey is given a bundle of letters to burn she fully intends to execute the wishes of the giver, Grace Brown. When Grace Brown is found drowned the next day in Big Moose Lake, Mattie finds that it is not as easy to burn those letters as she had thought. And, as she reads, a riveting story emerges - not only Grace Brown's story but also Mattie's hopes and ambitions for the future and her relationships with her friends and family. Published to widespread acclaim this wonderful novel, part murder mystery and part coming-of-age story, is an astounding and accomplished piece of literature. The reviews say it all...

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    I picked it up in the library without knowing anything about it, and discovered later that it is considered "young adult" literature. I quite liked it anyway: the tough rural life of the beginning of XX century, the hopes and desires of a young woman ...(continue)

    I picked it up in the library without knowing anything about it, and discovered later that it is considered "young adult" literature. I quite liked it anyway: the tough rural life of the beginning of XX century, the hopes and desires of a young woman torn between duty to her family and yearning for a different life. In touches on dramatic issues (illness, death, women condition) but manages hilarious chapters, too.
    I also liked how the author choose to show from the main character point of view that things are not black-and-white, but that everything can be judged by different standpoints.

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    2003 The Newbery Medal
    2004 Richard & Judy's Summer Read

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Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Paperback 383 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0747570639
  • ISBN-13: 9780747570639
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish date: 2004-05-03
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 838 mm x 1,225 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Audio Cassette
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