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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 The Gathering
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'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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin website).

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Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For AC: Year 9 (NSW Stage 5). Advanced Year 8 students could also engage well with this text.

Duration4–6 weeks

Themes

family, good and evil, the impact of the past upon the present, violence

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

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Teaching resources prepared by Lindsay Williams, for AustLit.

Notes

  • Received Screen Australia funding for a book-to-film adaptation.(Source : Books + Publishing News 22 November 2018)

  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Chinese translation.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1993 .
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      Extent: xii, [266]p.p.
      ISBN: 014036059X (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Puffin ,
      1996 .
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      Extent: 280p.p.
      ISBN: 9780140385380, 014038538X
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Scholastic Press ,
      1996 .
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      Extent: 284p.p.
      ISBN: 9780590542159, 059054215X
    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Barn Owl ,
      2001 .
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      Extent: 267p.p.
      ISBN: 9781903015094, 190301509X
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
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      Extent: 267p.p.
      ISBN: 9780140360592, 014036059X
Alternative title: Het geheime genootschap
Language: Dutch
    • Antwerp, Belgium, Western Europe, Europe,: Facet , 2000 .
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      Extent: 280p.p.
      ISBN: 9789050162753, 9050162754

Works about this Work

[Essay] : The Gathering Ruth Starke , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'My postgraduate student frowned. ‘The Gathering? Isn’t that the one where someone sets a dog on fire?’ Spoiler alert: indeed it is. It is the book’s most memorable scene; it is certainly the most horrific. My postgrad had read Isobelle Carmody’s 1993 novel in high school and that was the first memory of it which surfaced. The scene shocked readers and alienated many: ‘I re-read the novel recently but I skipped that chapter’ wrote one online reviewer.' (Introduction)

Isobelle Carmody : 'Myth Maker' Maureen Nimon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 115-125)
Making It Really Feral Heather Scutter , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Making It Real : Proceedings of the Fourth Children's Literature Conference 1997; (p. 76-83)
What is the Reality of Fantasy and Science Fiction? Geoff Bull , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Making It Real : Proceedings of the Fourth Children's Literature Conference 1997; (p. 40-54)
Isobelle Carmody : An Interview Steven Paulsen (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Sirius , March no. 8 1995; (p. 11-16)
[Review] The Gathering Shelda Debowski , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 37 no. 4 1993; (p. 26-27)

— Review of The Gathering Isobelle Carmody , 1993 single work novel
[Review] The Gathering Barbara Hyde , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 7 no. 4 1993; (p. 8)

— Review of The Gathering Isobelle Carmody , 1993 single work novel
Learning to Battle the Devil Within Katharine England , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 4 December 1993; (p. 23)

— Review of Secret Lives Caroline Macdonald , 1993 single work novel ; The Gathering Isobelle Carmody , 1993 single work novel
Tense Tales of Teen Trauma Nicola Robinson , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 September 1993; (p. rev 9)

— Review of Buried Secrets Christine Harris , 1993 selected work short story ; The Gathering Isobelle Carmody , 1993 single work novel ; Schemes David McRobbie , 1993 single work novel
Shortening the Learning Curve Cathryn Crowe , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 April 1994; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Love Me, Love Me Not Libby Gleeson , 1993 selected work children's fiction ; The Gathering Isobelle Carmody , 1993 single work novel
Older Readers Isobelle Carmody , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 38 no. 4 1994; (p. 3)
Know the Author : Isobelle Carmody Alfred R. Mappin , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 9 no. 3 1994; (p. 18-21)
Isobelle Carmody : An Interview Steven Paulsen (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Sirius , March no. 8 1995; (p. 11-16)
Spiritual Journeys Pam Macintyre , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 7 May 1994; (p. 9)
And the Winner Is... Hamish Ramsay , Katie Meehan , Alice McKenzie , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 163 1994; (p. 68-69)
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