Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2004
'Nobody got fed while I read A Gathering Light: If George Clooney had walked into the room I would have told him to come back later when I'd finished.' Dinah Hall Sunday Telegraph
When Mattie Gokey is given a bundle of letters to burn she fully intends to execute the wishes of the giver, Grace Brown. But when Grace is found drowned in Big Moose Lake the next day, 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'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. Winner of the Carnegie Medal.
Jennifer Donnelly lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first novel and marks the beginning of an incredibly assured and confident literary voice.
'The wonderfully confident debut by Jennifer Donnelly.' Lindsay Fraser, Sunday Herald 'A GATHERING LIGHT is a remarkable debut, a book that sweeps across the genre boundaries of murder, mystery, romance, and historical fiction - resulting in an original novel that is both gripping and touching.' Scott Turow 'If ever a book deserved to cross over, this is it...this is a wonderfully rich, involving and beautifully written book.' Adele Geras, Guardian 'Part history, part compelling murder mystery, Jennifer Donnelly's A GATHERING LIGHT brings the past to powerful and vivid life.' Celia Rees
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: February 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.9 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition