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on September 28, 1999
When Amanda Videau is sent North to Lowell by her grandmother Abigal who is Nathenial Chelsmford's long, lost daughter she has many great adventures. I think this book really shows how talented Ann Rinaldi is and how she puts history in her books. The other books in the trilogy were good, but this was the best. It is a very good ending to the trilogy, but I think it would be neat if Ann Rinaldi wrote some more books to go to the trilogy.
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on January 9, 2004
If the first two entries in this trilogy are any indication, one expects a brilliant third entry. If you expected brilliancy, then you will be pleasantly surprised.
The series continues when Abigail's, a daughter who has been long estranged from her wealthy mill owning father, son is having monetary problems. He lives in the south, a land of slavery, and his plantation is going bankrupt as no one wants to buy his west isle cotton. So, in an effort to generate income, he sends his "most sensible child" Amanda north to try to beg his grandfather to buy the cotton for his mill. With her she brings a bible, with an ancient family letter and a quilt pice that will identify her as Abagail's grand daughter.
Along her journey north by steamboat she befriends two lovable sisters, one of whom is fleeing her abusive husband Nicolas. Nicolas is a dangerous man, and ion an effort to catch the girls he poses as a mechanic and in doing so causes an explosion, killing many. Prior to the accicent Amanda donned one of the sister's clothing to keep the girl hidden, and the bodies are recognized by clothing so Amanda is presumed dead. In the explosion Nicolas finds the quilt piece, and will use it to pretend to be the grandchild. Amanda, meanwhile, for protection and to try to convince her grandfather of her true identity, begins to work in a mill. Here she finds horrible conditions, worse than the slavery in the south. she had to choose whether to fight againsyt her family for mill-girl rights or try to sell them the cotton, that will allow them to continue to exploit the girls.
Intriguin story with enough complexities to be intresting, but it's still easily understandable.
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on April 27, 2013
An interesting look into the ends of the era of Slavery from the perspective of a young girl, searching for acceptance and truth, both from her southern family and her northern relatives. She finds herself hiding from a man who has sworn to kill her, and working hard for the first time in her life in a northern fabric mill owned by her great-grandfather.Action, family ties, truth and strength all figure in this book about putting together the pieces of a torn and raveling family quilt. Amanda receives a challenge from her grandmother "Can you keep silent for two weeks?" she is angry and defiant but rises to take the bait and thus begins her journey of self discovery.
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on June 21, 2001
The Blue door had so much Adventure in it! At the beginning it was kind of hard to get into and it was a 4 to a 4 1/2! After about a 1/4 of the book the action and adventure started!...Almost everyone in our group went ahead because it was so exciting (Girls and Boys!)! Anne Rinaldi used great describing words! They were so good it something was shacking in the book you felt it too! This book has lots of characters! Some were good characters some were bad! This book is part of a trilogy, but you don't have to read the others to read this one! If you like a lot of action and adventure this book's for you!
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on March 7, 1998
THE BLUE DOOR was my favorite book in The Quilt Trilogy by Ann Rinaldi. In it, 14 year old Amanda, who is from a Southern plantation, is sent North to Lowell, Massachusetts, by her grandmother Abigail, to make peace with the father Abigail left to marry a Southerner. Only the steamboat Amanda is on explodes. Everyone thinks Amanda is dead. She must pretend she is a worker in her own great grandfather's mill until she can prove who she is. But will she be able to?
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on May 25, 1998
Amanda Videau, the granddaughter of Abigail Chelmsford, who, in A Stitch in Time ran off to marry a Southerner, is sent up north to try to convince her great grandfather to buy Yamasse cotton.The Steamboat she is on explodes, killing most of the passengers. She assumes a fake identity to escape the killer, and trys to convincwe her great grandfather of her true identity.
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on January 8, 2000
Ann Rinaldi has written another thriller. THE BLUE DOOR which is the 3rd of The Quilt Trilogy. It is about a girl, Amanda, who is sent north to her great-grandfather to sell cotton to the northern mills. On the way, she finds friends that are running away from the oldest girl's husband. The husband, Nicholas, secretly boards the ship under someone else's name. He threatens Amanda's life. Everyone should read this book.
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on July 7, 2014
Rinaldi is a master historian - her books are basically for young adult, but although I haven't been young for many years, I am working my way through all of her books with a great deal of pleasure!
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on April 1, 2013
Kids studying this time frame. So purchased this book. . Every patron as was enthralled to read it. Thank you very much.
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on July 25, 2001
After I finished Broken Days, I didn't think anything could be as good. Boy, was I wrong! The Blue Door was terrific! It was a terrific end to a terrific trilogy. But now I'm a little disappointed that I won't be reading anymore about the Chelmsford family!
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