The final handcrafted installment by award-winning author Ann Rinaldi. "Whether they've covered the previous books or not, readers will enjoy this rip-roaring tale of adventure and suspense."-Kirkus
Amanda Videau had no idea what adventures she'd find on the journey North. But she never expected this... After witnessing a crime, she goes into hiding, disguising herself as a worker in her great-grandfather's textile mill. For the first time in her life, Amanda must work to survive. And that means experiencing the horrible working conditions of the mill firsthand.
Now, as Amanda fights for her newfound rights, she must also try to heal generations of deep Chelmsford family wounds. And that means facing the man behind the blue door--the man who tore apart the family quilt so many years ago.
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Readers of the first two volumes of The Quilt Trilogy (A Stitch in Time, 1994, etc.) will delight in how Rinaldi (Keep Smiling Through, p. 535, etc.) brings all the pieces of her multigenerational saga together in this final work. Amanda Videau loves life on her family's South Carolina plantation, Yamassee. Then Grandmother Abigail sends her to Lowell, Mass., ostensibly to give Amanda a chance for adventure and independence. But Abigail's real hope is for Amanda to make peace with her estranged great-grandfather and to sell him on the idea of buying Yamassee cotton for his textile mill, the largest in New England. During Amanda's long steamship trip to the North, the ship blows up, killing nearly all its crew and passengers. Amanda, who saw the man who caused the explosion and knows that he will kill her, too, assumes the identity of a girl she met on the ship and flees. With the killer on her trail, no money, and a false identity, she finds employment in her great-grandfather's mill. Life as a mill girl is grim, and it isn't long before she protests, with the other workers, the abominable working conditions. Whether they've covered the previous books or not, readers will enjoy this rip-roaring tale of adventure and suspense; Amanda and all the other characters inhabit a revealing and credible historical milieu. (bibliography) (Fiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Gr. 5^-8. Set in 1841, the third volume in Rinaldi's Quilt trilogy takes place more than 50 years after A Stitch in Time (1994) and about 30 years after Broken Days (1995). The fabric of the series is indeed a patchwork now. Familiar bits of family history and characters are side by side with new people, places, and events. And though a few aspects are jarring, for the third book in a trilogy, Blue Door stands alone very well. Amanda leaves her South Carolina plantation home to visit her great-grandfather in Massachusetts. On the steamship, she changes clothes with a girl she befriends. When the ship is wrecked, she is unable to prove her identity, so she continues to Lowell and takes a mill job, using her resources to work for better conditions and to find her way back to her family. The idea of setting each book in a different generation of the same family was ambitious. Although this device is not always successful, the trilogy tells involving stories of several strong female characters, shows people at different stages in their lives, and ties together three periods in America's past. Carolyn Phelan
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Descrizione libro Demco Media, 1999. Condizione libro: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP95040560