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Rinaldi, Ann
New York : Scholastic, 1996.
IL 5-8
ISBN 0590460528
The third book in the Quilt Trilogy brings us into the year 1840.  The story centers around Amanda Videau of South Carolina.  Amanda is the granddaughter of Abigail Chelmsford who ran off to marry a ship's captain right after the Revolutionary War.  Abigail was disowned by her father and has never returned to Massachusetts.  Abigail decides that it is time to reach out to her father and try to reunite the family.  The Videau family needs to find a new market for their cotton and Abigail's father's textile mill in Lowell is a perfect market.  She decides to send Amanda north to make amends and to hopefully, get an order for the cotton.  During her journey north, Amanda befriends a young girl her age.  Clara convinces Amanda to switch clothes with her so Clara can hide from her brother in law.  When Clara is killed in a boat accident, everyone believes it is Amanda who is killed and Amanda ends up in Massachusetts unable to prove her identity.  She is forced to go to work in the mill and learns what a hard life the mill workers have.  Can Amanda find a way to convince her Grandfather that she is not Clara?  Can she find the strength to help the mill girls?  To find out, read THE BLUE DOOR.
SUBJECTS:     Grandmothers -- Fiction
              Women textile workers -- Fiction


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