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A fictional journal of Catherine Cabot Hall. Takes place in the early 1830′s on a farm in New Hampshire. Catherine lives with her father and sister, and must cope with her father’s remarriage, a death and a runaway slave. The language is very archaic, and the story is told entirely in journal format, which was hard to read at first. Once I got used to the style, the book was very good.

A small part of the story which was of special interest to me was when Catherine’s school teacher was told what he could and could not teach during school hours. The teacher wrote a very humble apology to the community for reading newspaper articles about slavery to the students.