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Book Title: The Gate In The Wall|
The author of the book: Ellen Howard
Edition: Atheneum Books
Date of issue: April 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780689822957
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The main characters in this story are Emma Deane, a ten year old girl who missed work for the day, Mrs. Minshull, an old lady who pilots the Cygnet; a canal boat that carries potatoes, and Jock Nevins, a canal lock keeper, and Rosie, the horse that pulls the cygnet.
The story begins when she sees a boat full of potatoes, which she greedily reaches in and grabs an unlucky tuber. As she is eating, she is forced to flee into the boat and wait there until she can get out. While she is hiding she is seen by Mrs. Minshull who basically takes her to drive the horse Rosie. Emma is also required to open the locks as the boat heads down steam, which she does well.
After this goes on for about a few months, they near Emma’s home town, Macclesfield, and flees home only to be sent away. As she looks for the cygnet and Mrs. Minshull, she runs into the boat painter’s father whom in turn yells to Mrs. Minshull, (who was in the area in her boat) that Emma had returned! After they had resettled, she finds out that Mrs. Minshull was planning to sell the boat and Rosie. So she goes over the boat painters’ house where they make a plan to save the cygnet and make extra money to boot. After this Emma and Mrs. Minshull ride away to another job of hauling goods, with their recently saved boat.
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Read information about the authorChildren sometimes ask, "Do you write about your own life?" I have to answer that I do not. The reason is simple: My own life is boring. Yet I would not trade it for anyone else's.
I grew up in a large and loving family--parents, grandparents, and three children all under the same roof, a big white house in Portland, Oregon. At school, I was able, but not brilliant. I liked to draw. I liked to play pretend. I liked dolls, too, right through eighth grade, and only fear of what others would say made me give them up then.
Most of all, I loved to read! And I dreamed of a time when, a grown-up married lady with thirteen children, I would write books.
But childhood dreams have a way of getting lost. It was not until I was in my mid-thirties, after marriage, a child, divorce, and remarriage, that I was able to complete college. By then, my family included not only my daughter Beth, but my husband's daughters, Cynthia, Laurie, and Shaley.
It was in college that an important thing happened. I rediscovered stories and remembered my dream of writing them. My first published book was a story for children (CIRCLE OF GIVING, 1984).
Since then, our daughters have grown up. Now we have seven grandchildren. I work at home, writing. I speak at schools. I teach writing. I give speeches to teachers, librarians, and others. But most of the time, I am at home, gardening, cooking, washing, and ironing . . . and writing.
I know my life sounds boring, but for me it is filled with all the adventure, excitement and drama I can find and make in books. To me it is the best kind of life!
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