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My America: We Are Patriots: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book Two Hardcover – May 1, 2002


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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-In Patriots, Hope, 10, lives in Philadelphia in 1777. George Washington and his troops are nearby fighting the Redcoats, who capture the city and move into her home. Gregory engages readers with the tumultuous elements of conflict and war, making this book a page-turner. Flying follows Corey, 10, an escaped slave who is now forging a life as a free person in Canada with his family. With the exception of the rescue of his best friend, there is little excitement in this plotless, formulaic story. Also, Corey's facility with language doesn't ring true. The historical note at the end of each volume offers interesting facts and a few black-and-white photos. The large font size and short entries make these books quick and accessible to reluctant and good readers alike. Although not great literature, they may be popular historical-fiction choices for kids who are willing to suspend disbelief.
Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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With war an ever-present possibility and uncertain of their future, Hope and her family struggle to survive in Philadelphia in 1776. Part of the My America series and a sequel to Five Smooth Stones: Hope's Diary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1776 (not reviewed), Hope's latest journal entries find her family in the country having fled from the turmoil of the city. Hope's brother has run off to fight with the Red Coats and was thrown into prison as a spy. Her father is fighting as a patriot, but he has not been home in more than a year. With a new baby to care for and worries about the state of their home, Hope's mother returns all of them to the city where they must survive persecution from the invading British troops and the continuing threat of war. Desperate to have some normalcy in their lives, they reopen their bakery, and Hope returns to school. Soon, British soldiers overrun their home and Hope's father returns from the front with stories and scars from the battles he has seen. Hope learns that her father has joined the Sons of Liberty, and she fears that they may not survive the coming months. Strong imagery and well-researched details make this an engrossing as well as educational selection. Readers will eagerly await the next installment.--Kirkus Reviews
In Patriots, Hope, 10, lives in Philadelphia in 1777. George Washington and his troops are nearby fighting the Redcoats, who capture the city and move into her home. Gregory engages readers with the tumultuous elements of conflict and war, making this book a page-turner. Flying follows Corey, 10, an escaped slave who is now forging a life as a free person in Canada with his family. With the exception of the rescue of his best friend, there is little excitement in this plotless, formulaic story. Also, Corey's facility with language doesn't ring true. The historical note at the end of each volume offers interesting facts and a few black-and-white photos. The large font size and short entries make these books quick and accessible to reluctant and good readers alike. Although not great literature, they may be popular historical-fiction choices for kids who are willing to suspend disbelief.--School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: My America
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439210399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439210393
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ten-year-old Hope Potter and her family have fled to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, hoping to be safe from a possible British occupation of Philadelphia. Hope still worries about her father, who has been gone for over a year now, and her brother Ethan, who has been captured by the British. When Ethan finally returns, it is a joyous occasion. To protect their home, the Potters decide to return to Philadelphia. As British soldiers occupy the city, and the Potters own home, Hope fears for the safety of herself and her family, but she knows that some things, like freedom, are worth believing in and fighting for. I highly recommend Hope's second diary to all fans of the My America series. I hope there is a third book about Hope and her family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on July 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In Hope's second Diary, readers will experience all the events of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl living in Philadelphia. Hope's family are Patriots, and that makes them a target for the English soldiers. With her father gone to fight the British, and her brother in a Redcoat prison, Hope and her mother had to stay in Valley Forge. But now they've moved back to their home in the city, and Hope is shocked to learn that her best friend Polly is a Loyalist. Polly's family won't let them see each other anymore, and Hope is sad to think they are on different sides in the war.
George Washington, The Sons of Liberty, and famous events like The Boston Tea Party are all a part of the history recorded in Hope's second diary. Readers will be inspired by the experiences of Hope and her family in this wonderful addition to the My America series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever wondered how the patriots lived during the 1700's ?

In the book we are patriots it talks about a girl that one day turned 10 and her mom gives her a diary. She startes writing what was going on

in her life,about going to the war with the Redcoats during Revolutionary war. One good quality of the book is that the ten year old had a friend that was one of her familys enemiys in th war, and they didn't know until their parents told them,but they were still able to be friends no matter what. From this I learnedthat it doesn't matter where your friends come from or what color they are. What matters is to have a true friend. I recomend this book to people that want to know more about the past and how they lived back then.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hiphopgirl_1000 on April 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this beautiful second book on 10-year-old Hope Penny Potter, the Revolutionary War rages on everyday and brings many conflicts into young Hope's life. Her friend Polly now can't even be with her for her parents are loyalists to the King and Hope is a Patriot. To aviod the British who have occupied her hometown of Phildelphia, Hope flees to Valley Forge, Pennslyvania where George Washington is. Hope worries everyday about her father and brother who have not returned from battle. But when Hope's brother and father return, relief sets in for Hope but not long for she discovers a secret that her father was with the Sons of Liberty and the family would definitely be in danger if anybody found out. I recommend this great book to every My America reader. Hopefully there will be more books on Hope. I really enjoy her!
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By A Customer on September 5, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book, the characters are so interesting. I love hearing them described through the love of Hope.I recommend this book for any young girl who likes history.
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