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The Golden Day Hardcover – 6 August 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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Dubosarsky's spare prose explores the space between innocence and adulthood. Shaped by the girls' growing awareness of the world, her scenes are uneasy dreamscapes. Questions about responsibility, violence, sex, fear and death bloom beneath their placed surface. Unanswerable, they linger past the end of this slender but powerful volume.
--The New York Times

In a stunning feat of perspective, Dubosarsky inhabits all 11 girls at once, snaking through a thousand small joys and triumphs and fears and petty grudges as they absorb life's bleakest truths as well their own complicity in them... [T]his is a masterful look at children's numb surprise to the most unsavory of adult developments.
--Booklist (starred review)

Laced with humor amid a steady feeling of dread, the atmospheric narrative chillingly evokes lurking forces capable of tarnishing even the most golden and innocent of days.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Through precise, vivid descriptions, the third-person narrative evokes the contrast between the girls' cloistered school lives and the hard realities of the outside world. ... Read this slender mystery for the meticulous prose and characterization...
--Kirkus Reviews

Chilling, elegant, atmospheric... Ms. Dubosarsky deftly conveys the confusion of childhood, the strangeness of things half-glimpsed and only partly understood. With quiet brilliance she evokes the distinct personalities of the classmates... "The Golden Day" is the sort of book that churns something up deep inside the reader; it will be as hard for an adult to forget as the young people ages 12 and older for whom it is intended.
--The Wall Street Journal

The Golden Day is deeply magical but also painfully real.
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Ursula Dubosarsky is an award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults. About The Golden Day, her first book with Candlewick Press, she says, The little girls watch, wonder, respond, change, and grow -- and then their childhood is gone, forever. This element of the story, I suppose, is at least partly autobiographical. But, as I say -- all of our teachers come home safe and sound in the end. Ursula Dubosarsky lives in Australia.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick Press (MA); Reprint edition (6 August 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0763663999
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0763663995
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 - 17 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.04 x 1.83 x 20.98 cm
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