A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos

By Joan W. Blos

I, Catherine Cabot corridor, elderly thirteen years, 6 months, 29 days...do start this book.

So starts off the magazine of a lady coming of age in nineteenth-century New Hampshire. Catherine files either the hardships of pioneer lifestyles and its many triumphs. while she struggles together 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 strong, this Newbery Medal-winning booklet is certain to the touch all who learn it.

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Way bigger. I stared at the fishbowl. And nearly dropped the bottle of plankton. ” I burst out of my cabin. “Help! Help! Dr. ” I cried. ” 6 Dr. D. and Sheena hurried out of the lab. —slammed right into Sheena. ” she whined. ” asked Dr. D. ” I gasped, pointing frantically to my cabin. I struggled to breathe. My stomach lurched. “Oh, wow. Oh, wow. ” Dr. D. frowned and charged into my room. Sheena and I followed. He pushed open the door… and stopped short with a gasp. ” I shouted. The head stared at us, eyes open, through the glass.

Let’s both push the snail from behind. ” I heard Dr. D. choking under the snail. He was swallowing slime! I started to gag. But I swallowed hard. Held my breath. Forced the nausea away. Sheena and I planted our feet behind the snail. ” she yelled. We threw our weight against the snail. It slid a little bit. ” We pushed again. The snail slowly slid off Dr. ’s body. It hit the floor with a heavy thud. Dr. D. slowly climbed to his feet. He was covered with sticky white goop from head to toe. He coughed and spat out a big glob of slime.

It opened! I didn’t waste time. I grabbed Sheena and hauled her up. Up, up, to the surface. We burst out of the water, gasping for air. We made it! I sucked in a huge gulp of air. Aahh. It was great to breathe again. The blue faded from Sheena’s face as the color came back to her cheeks. ” I asked her. She nodded, still struggling to catch her breath. “You sure? ” She nodded again. “Yes, Billy. I’m just great. ” I knew she was fine. Her old smart-mouth was working perfectly. ” I cried. ” Sheena shrugged.

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