Study Guide

A Northern Light Characters

By Jennifer Donnelly

Mathilda Gokey a.k.a. Mattie

First person narration is pretty much the best of times and the worst of times, all rolled into...

Weaver Smith

Weaver's the only black boy in the Eagle Bay region, and he moved there from Mississippi with his...

Pa (Michael) Gokey

A widower of indeterminate age, Pa has one son and four daughters. Unfortunately, Lawton, his...

Miss Wilcox a.k.a. Emily Baxter

Young and vibrant, Emily Wilcox provides a physical example of what and who Mattie could become:...

Royal Loomis

The second son of Frank Loomis, Royal is a little older than Mattie and the resident hottie in...

Minor Characters

Abby is two years younger than Mattie, and a much needed calming presence in the Gokey household;...