Travel back to the mid-nineteenth century through the eyes of children who actually experienced the beginnings of America’s Age of Reform. Readers of all ages will discover diverse economic and ethnic communities—white upper and middle class, immigrants and free blacks—through the interactions of children in Worcester, Massachusetts with real historic characters.
The reader steps into orphaned Eliza McLoughlin’s childhood at a moment of crisis to discover her limited choices along her path, but there is hope. Many adults were urging reforms in all aspects of life. We continue to feel the impact on our own lives more than 150 years later.
Liza’s story is based on fact to illustrate how the reader can also open “gates“ to the past to discover their role to improve one’s personal life, as well as that of society as a whole. This book celebrates the power and responsibility each individual has, regardless of age, to make informed... More > conscious decisions to shape their lives.< Less
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Nov 19, 2013
Enjoy a good read? Gates Along My Path defies time. While it is set in the 1850s, young adult readers will find its theme applies even today, as a young girl tries to find her path into adulthood at age 12. For adult readers the story takes you back to when you were facing the same difficulties of growing up. You had more time to mature into adulthood, while these children did not. Decisions that impact your life are never easy to make, especially at a young age. Having taught young adult literature I can assure you that this will catch the imagination of young readers. It is well documented with original pictures and footnotes explaining the terms and conventions of the time. It is placed at the beginning of the women's rights movement with issues as current now as they were then. Nicholas Moran Administrator (Retired) Worcester Public Schools, MA
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