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A Gathering Light

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A Northern Light is a quiet, unassuming sort of tale, one that is filled with courage and strength and hope instead of despair and death and loss. Minnie is married to Jim Compeau and they are very much in love, in comparison to Mattie's uncertainty towards Royal. Jennifer grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Literature and European History.

Shortly before leaving for her boat ride, Grace gave Mattie a bundle of letters to burn, but just hours later, Grace herself is found dead. Beside the British Carnegie, A Northern Light won the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. A Northern Light is one of those books you come across every few years; the type of novel that buries itself in your heart from the first page and simply lingers in your thoughts for days, weeks, and even months afterward. Her mother has passed away, her older brother has left home, her father is distant, and there are other younger siblings needing care and feeding.

Mattie is required to care for her younger sisters and help at the farm and expected to marry soon and become a farmer’s wife. I don't know why I should care what happens to people in a drawing room in London or Paris or anywhere else when no one in those places cares what happens to people in Eagle Bay. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Next day the woman is found drowned in Big Moose Lake - should Mattie read the letters or destroy them as requested. I would recommend this book to any reader looking for a quality YA story that doesn't involve vampires, fairies, TSTL heroines and abusive boyfriends.

What seemed the most important to me was following one’s dreams, having the fortitude to believe they can come true even under the most disheartening set backs. Donnelly doesn't just tell us this, it is evident in the way that Mattie thinks and in most everything she says.The first book in the series, Deep Blue, was released in May, 2014; the second, Rogue Wave, launched in January 2015; the third, Dark Tide, came out in October 2015; and the fourth, Sea Spell, was released in June 2016.

A young girl, Mattie, is entrusted by a female guest at the hotel where she works with some letters and instructed to burn them.The gloom of the crippling effect of poverty which can lead to a hopelessness where your sense of self-worth disappears and anything goes if it will keep 'the wolf from the door' and then over-arching the whole novel, or perhaps underlying it as the unspoken ground of everything, is duty and responsibility. But dont let this put you off, it is a wonderful book centered around our heroine Mattie and the events over a summer as she comes of age.

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