THE BLUE DOOR (THE QUILT
New York : Scholastic, 1996.
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.
Grandmothers -- Fiction
Women textile workers -- Fiction
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