The Golden Day
The Golden Day
The Golden Day
Ursula Dubosarsky
When their teacher goes missing during an outing, eleven girls grapple with the aftermath in this haunting, exquisitely told psychological mystery.The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the Garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important — who can they tell about it? In beautifully shimmering prose, Ursula Dubosarsky reveals how a single shared experience can alter the course of young lives forever. Part gripping thriller, part ethereal tale of innocence lost, The Golden Day is a poignant study of fear and friendship, and of what it takes to come of age with courage.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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In the midst of the turbulent 1960s and the Vietnam War, the young girls in Miss Renshaw's class have no idea what a simple outing to the gardens will bring them. What begins as a field trip ends as an unforgettable experience when their teacher never returns after their outing. The girls are left questioning the events of the afternoon and the significance of their teacher's disappearance. They struggle over telling the truth or remaining faithful to their promise to Miss Renshaw not to tell anyone about the mysterious cave where they last saw their teacher.

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When eleven young schoolgirls traipse wonderingly from the gates of their school, each struggling to grasp the depth of a vast world beyond her reach, they do not for even a moment think to anticipate the dramatic event that will forever alter their lives.

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