Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy," this Printz Honor Book effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and wholly original.
Published in Britain as A Gathering Light
A Gathering Light - Carnegie Medal
Printz Honor Award
[star]"Riveting."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
[star]"A breathtaking tale . . . Donnelly's characters ring true to life,
and the meticulously described setting forms a vivid backdrop to this
finely crafted novel . . . Outstanding."--"School Library Journal" (starred review)
[star]"Beautifully written."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"Distinctive characters who ring rich and true . . . We don't just root for Mattie;
we come to understand and cherish her."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"A remarkable debut."--Scott Turow