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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Dear America
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545238021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545238021
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Dear America

"More than a supplement to classroom textbooks, this series is an imaginative, solid entre into American history." —Publishers Weekly
"An impressive series that will challenge students to make connections from prominent historical events to relevant life situations.... A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries." —Children's Book Review Service
"Engaging, accessible historical fiction." —SLJ
"The Dear America diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age." —Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Kristiana Gregory is the bestselling author of many Dear America titles, including THE WINTER OF RED SNOW and its follow-up, CANNONS AT DAWN; ACROSS THE WIDE AND LONESOME PRAIRIE; and SEEDS OF HOPE. She has also written the Cabin Creek Mysteries, which are based on bedtime stories she told her sons when they were young and restless. Kristiana lives in Boise, Idaho. Visit her online at www.kgregorybooks.com.

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I loved the main character- Abigail- because she was just like me!
Richard W Tangum
Each book in the series is the fictional diary of a preteen or young teenage girl living during an important time in American history.
Rebecca Herman
She has read the books, and so has her mother, both love the books and plan on purchasing more in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Kristina Gregory captures the innocence of childhood and growing up during Amercia's Revolutionary War. America just gained it's independence from England, but the fighting hasn't ceased. The years are 1776-177, and winter is a brutal one. Abigail's story is one that will capture the heart and attention of young readers and adults alike who want to gain an understanding of what it was like to live in Valley Forge, PA during 1777.

Abigail and her family are just trying to get by when General George Washington and his army of battered men come to Valley Forge. Through Abigail's eyes, I got to experience through her story telling just how horrible the conditions were for the men. In the dead of winter the army has little food, some have no coats and no shoes, hence the title Winter of Red Snow. It's through Abigail's story that my admiration for George Washington grew, as Abigail sees him kneel in prayer, the site of his famous Prayer of Valley Forge. A religious man and strong leader, George Washington was kind to Abigail, her family and their neighbors who gave what they had to help sustain General Washington's army.

Abigail grows up quick with the things she witnesses during the army's stay in Valley Forge. Abigail's family has dwelt with heartache before when they lost a baby. Now Abigail has a new baby brother to help take care of, but it's with fear they might lose him again. She also has tasks like tending to her family's daily needs, attending to General Washington's Laundry, helping General Washington's Wife visit the sick and dying soldiers and her family takes in a widowed wife of a solider who's died.

Abigail learns what it means to be true to your country, be faithful in her beliefs and be to proud to be an American.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dena Smith on December 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book brings the atrocities, suffered by our American troops, to life and gives one an appreciation of those who have gone before us. My ten year-old son also could not put it down. It was an engaging, fast-read. Not only does it give a sense of life in 1777, but it has several life lessons about loyalty, selfishness, and compassion. There were many parts that sparked, "What would you have done?" type discussions. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Dear America series is a wonderful way to get young children, upper elementary and up, interested in American history. I first came upon this series at my local library and though my seven-year-old is still a bit young for this series, I was so captivated by the compelling stories in this series that I've begun purchasing the titles for our home library in the hopes that my daughter will grow to love them as I do. Though the stories in this series are fictionalized accounts, the historical characters are real and many of the events are inspired by real-life happenings.

Author Kristiana Gregory credibly captures the trials and triumphs of the Revolutionary War as seen through the eyes of eleven-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart who resides with her family and friends in Valley Forge. Young Abby witnesses many things over a long, cold, winter and she faithfully records her thoughts and observations in her journal which include the deplorable conditions of the soldiers, many of whom are young teenagers, as well as stories about George Washington (his love for his wife is very much evident here) and his wife Martha (a wonderful, inspiring figure).

Having read many titles in this series, I would heartily recommend the series for upper elementary readers upwards - this is a great way to get children interested in American history!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard W Tangum on December 5, 2011
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This was the best book ever!!! It illustrates life in Colonial America in a way that keeps me interested and makes me want more! I loved the main character- Abigail- because she was just like me! The sequel is also great! BUY THIS BOOK!!!!! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Abigail Jane Stewart, called Abby by her family and friends, is eleven years old and living in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania when the American army arrives there in December 1777. Abby is mostly worried about her mother and her new baby brother, because five of her brothers died in infancy and she is afraid for this new baby. She thinks war is an adventure and doesn't understand how serious it is.

However, when Abby, her mother, and her two sisters get a job doing laundry for General Washington, Abby and her sisters learn firsthand about the horrors of war. Determined to do their part to help, they sew for the soldiers, and visit the sick and injured soldiers in the encampment. In the process, Abby matures and understands the sacrifices of the soldiers, and that freedom is worth fighting for.

I first read The Winter of Red Snow in 1996, when it was originally published as one of the first books in the Dear America series. Each book in the series is the fictional diary of a preteen or young teenage girl living during an important time in American history. Out of the many books in the series, this one remains one of my favorites. The Dear America series truly brings history to life and helped me develop a love for historical fiction, and I am glad to see the series is being brought back into print for a new generation of readers. Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

Kristiana Gregory has published more than 30 children's books with Scholastic, Harcourt and Holiday House, and has now ventured into self-publishing with her memoir LONGHAND: ONE WRITER'S JOURNEY.

She grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the beach and she always loved to make up stories. Her first rejection letter at age eleven was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operator, lifeguard, camp counselor, reporter, book reviewer & columnist for the LA Times.

Kristiana's award-winning novels include JENNY OF THE TETONS, which earned the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. Set in 1876, it tells the story of the Shoshone Indian and her fur-trapper husband, Beaver Dick Leigh. Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake in Wyoming are named after this couple.

STALKED: DANGER AND FURY, ELLIS ISLAND 1912 won the 2012 Gold Medal for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics and is hailed as "historical fiction with a thrilling twist." KIRKUS says it "will thrill YA readers ... with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s."

Her most recent title with Scholastic's Dear America series is CANNONS AT DAWN, a sequel to the best-selling THE WINTER OF RED SNOW, which was made into a movie for the HBO Family Channel. Her Royal Diary, CLEOPATRA VII: DAUGHTER OF THE NILE, was also an HBO movie. Several of her titles are now available on Kindle including "Curiously Odd Stories: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2" with the celebrated 'Paper Monument', a futuristic book-banning with horrific consequences.

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*BRONTE'S BOOK CLUB. Set in a town by the sea, five girls read Scott O'Dell's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, finding parallels in their lives and that of the main character, Karana, the Chumash Indian who lived alone on San Nicholas Island during the 1800s.

*NUGGET: THE WILDEST, MOST HEARTBREAKIN'EST MINING TOWN IN THE WEST (formerly titled "My Darlin' Clementine."). This riveting historical mystery set in an Idaho mining camp of 1866, was Idaho's choice for the 2010 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Library of Congress.

Kristiana and her husband have two adult sons, and live in Idaho with their two golden retrievers. In her spare time she loves to swim, hike, watch clouds, do yoga, read & hang out with friends. She loves to travel, but loves being home more.

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