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  • Published: 1 June 1993
  • ISBN: 9780140360592
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Gathering




When Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs patrol the streets, feral dogs roam at night, and the oppressive stench from the abattoir lingers over the school.

Winner of the CBCA of the Year: Older Readers

When Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs patrol the streets, feral dogs roam at night, and the oppressive stench from the abattoir lingers over the school.

Soon Nathanial learns that his presence is no accident. As he uncovers the dark secrets of Cheshunt's past, and event spiral desperately out of control, he and his new friends must confront phantoms from their past in the battle to stop the Gathering and its terrifying creator.

'A great page-turner that is probably best read in daylight and in good company.' The Age

  • Published: 1 June 1993
  • ISBN: 9780140360592
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed authors of fantasy. At fourteen, she began Obernewtyn, the first book in her much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles, and has since written many works in this genre. Her novel The Gathering was joint winner of the 1993 Children's Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBCA Book of the Year Award, and Greylands was joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (Young Adult category), and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Isobelle's work for younger readers includes her two series, The Legend of Little Fur, and The Kingdom of the Lost, the first book of which, The Red Wind, won the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers in 2011. She has also written several picture books as well as collections of short stories for children, young adults and adults.

After living in Europe for more than a decade, Isobelle now divides her time in Australia between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and Brisbane. She lives with her partner and daughter, and a shadow-black cat called Mitya.

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Praise for The Gathering

The Gathering is a great page-turner that is probably best read in daylight and in good company.

The Age

A warm, funny, endearing, compelling, chilling, heart-stopping book. Read it!

Magpies

Awards & recognition

Children's Peace Lit Award (PEACE)

Joint winner  •  1993  •  Best Book

CBC Book of the Year

Winner  •  1994  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

Second  •  1994  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

3M Talking Book Award-NSW

Shortlisted  •  1994  •  Talking Book

YABBA Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  1994  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

KOALA Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  1995  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

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