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Anderson, Janet S.

New York : Dutton, 1997.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0525458360 

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

We are sixth-graders at the last one room schoolhouse in the county.  There are only five of us: Becky, Eddy, Penny, Mary Margaret, and Tim.  We're getting ready to graduate. Now to most people, graduating wouldn't be very unusual, but we're part of Miss Clough's sixth grade class.  She's been preparing us all year. but we're still not exactly sure what for, except that it's something called "going through the gate" but nobody -- NOBODY -- will talk about it directly.  Only Miss Clough has the key to "the gate".  All we really know is that  it's a big mystery.  Can we survive to tell? (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee) 

Booktalk #2

This book takes place on a fine June day. The sixth grade class is preparing for their graduation ceremony from the county's last one-room school. Everyone in town has gone through the ceremony when they left sixth grade but no one will tell the children what is involved. All that is certain is that everyone is changed by the experience. As the children come to realize what is involved in "going through the gate", they become apprehensive about how the day will end. This book is a fantasy not a horror book. Find out what is involved in the ceremony as the sixth graders prepare for the adventure of GOING THROUGH THE GATE.

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