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The Golden Day

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The Golden Day

Though she was obtuse and strange, the 11 little girls really did love their teacher, Miss Renshaw. She would take them out maybe once or twice a week to the Memorial Gardens, where the mysterious and kind Mr. Morgan tended the trees and shrubs. They would listen to Morgan while Miss Renshaw shushed them and listened with a sway. When the little girls would go off through the greenery for an assignment, they always saw Miss Renshaw with Morgan. Without a doubt, Miss Renshaw loved Mr. Morgan.

"Slow, surreal, and jammed full of deeper meaning, THE GOLDEN DAY is a great book to keep between the curves of your hands to read over, and over again. "

“It’s out little secret, girls. We won’t tell anyone,” Miss Renshaw had told them once. And they kept their word. When their teacher and Morgan disappear one day while exploring a cave near the sea, the girls are at a loss about what to do. Believing that she would return and that all would be well, they remained silent about where they had gone and about the existence of Morgan. However, secrets and unsaid words have a way of slipping into the seams of everyday life, haunting the memories of the people that remain.

THE GOLDEN DAY by Ursula Dubosarsky is a beautiful and haunting story about the reality of death and secrets. Written with precision and a poetic turn-of-phrase, the surreal tone gives the story an almost magical feel despite its roots in 1967 Sydney, Australia. Though conflict in the story is straightforward, the use of character, their actions and their feelings, drives the entire story. Rather than focus on external action, THE GOLDEN DAY is truly a book about people --- their growth, their feelings and the mysteries that confront us. Slow, surreal, and jammed full of deeper meaning, THE GOLDEN DAY is a great book to keep between the curves of your hands to read over, and over again.

Reviewed by Ashley Tran on August 8, 2013

The Golden Day
by Ursula Dubosarsky

  • Publication Date: April 28, 2015
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick
  • ISBN-10: 0763676799
  • ISBN-13: 9780763676797