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A Gathering Light

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Especially since I often go through the same dilemma, even in this day and age, thanks to the backward society I’m from.

Beside the British Carnegie, A Northern Light won the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. A sweet romance develops, which completely adds to the story, and gives Mattie a new way of looking at the world, of appreciating things other than bookish words and quotes.

Now Mattie’s witnessed all the pain and blood of a childbirth, and complains about how nothing she’s read has prepared her for it: ‘not one of them tells the truth about babies. There is a plotline relating to an infamous murder that took place in 1906 in the Adirondack Mountains, and the author has created fictional characters to tell this story, interweaving the murder into their lives. But the bulk of the book is mostly about Mattie, the heroine, and her brutal work on the farm while she struggles to find a way to become a university student.

Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2004 Award Winner" Archived June 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, YALSA, ALA.their critical faculties are not as honed as more experienced readers, and so the soft spots an adult reader picks up on go unnoticed by younger readers who are carried away in the power of the narrative voice and the excitement of "what will happen next". Jennifer followed this up in 2020 with Poisoned, which looks at the Snow White fairy tale a whole new way -- proving that even the darkest magic can’t extinguish the fire burning inside every girl . Chas and his troubled mates flirt with danger, girls and law-breaking, in this humorous, gritty story that becomes an irresistible farce-come-thriller. It doesn’t look at things through rose-coloured glasses, and it certainly doesn’t offer an ending with a bow safely tied around all problems, but that is just the way I prefer endings with books like these.

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