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Going Through the Gate

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"Emotionally resonant first novel a moving fantasy that brilliantly evokes the fear and exhilaration of growing up."--Publishers Weekly

In the last one-room schoolhouse in the county, a strange graduation ceremony takes place each year. No one in town will say what happens, but it changes the students forever. With a hint of menace, this mesmerizing novel unfolds. The five sixth-graders in Miss Clough's schoolhouse are about to graduate, or "go through the gate",as the townspeople say. But none of the children knows what this means. They would not dare to question Miss Clough, though. She has been the teacher for more than fifty years. She is so much a part of the town and its people that they say she can see inside your head and guide your thoughts. But why does she make them study animals so intensely? And why does everyone, except the sixth-graders, stay inside on graduation day? But most of all, what happened at the school twenty-five years ago that everyone is afraid will happen again? Becky and the other sixth-graders are about to find out, and to discover parts of themselves that they couldn't have imagined the day before. This extraordinary first novel combines all the energy of suspense with the emotional power of a coming-of-age story. Janet S. Anderson explores the inner lives of five very different children with equal authority, while weaving a spell of magic and danger around them with her exquisite descriptions of a beautiful and threatening animal world. This is an unforgettable debut.

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"A work of exceptional emotional range and power." - Lloyd Alexander

Used availability for Janet S Anderson's Going Through the Gate

Hardback Editions

April 2000 : USA Library Binding

Title: Going Through the Gate
Author(s): Janet S Anderson
ISBN: 0-606-18407-4 / 978-0-606-18407-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2000 : USA Library Binding

Title: Going Through the Gate
Author(s): Janet Anderson
ISBN: 0-613-28499-2 / 978-0-613-28499-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Topeka Bindery
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October 1999 : USA Library Binding

Title: Going Through the Gate: Graduation
Author(s): Janet S Anderson
ISBN: 0-613-09979-6 / 978-0-613-09979-0 (USA edition)
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November 1997 : USA Hardback

Title: Going Through the Gate
Author(s): Janet Anderson
ISBN: 0-525-45836-0 / 978-0-525-45836-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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Paperback Editions

January 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Going Through the Gate
Author(s): Janet S Anderson
ISBN: 0-439-20915-3 / 978-0-439-20915-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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