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The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart (Dear America) Hardcover – November 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Dear America
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439555078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439555074
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,447,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8?The hardships of the Revolutionary Army at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 have become symbolic of patriotism and perseverance. This novel recounts the experience through the eyes of 11-year-old Abby Stewart, whose family lives near the encampment. Abby's childlike yet perceptive diary records her varying emotions toward the soldiers?curiosity, pity, anger, revulsion, enthusiasm?as she observes and interacts with them. Although Gregory's overall tone is positive, she doesn't neglect the downside of army life (disease, desertion, thievery) or the horrors of war. Daily events?chores (especially cooking and laundry), amusements, trials, worries, family interactions?are smoothly woven into the story. The Winter of Red Snow gives readers an interesting and realistic look at the Revolutionary War. However, the quaint language ("I could speak not") is awkward. A two-page epilogue fills readers in on these fictional characters' fates, and a lengthy historical note provides documentation on life in 18th-century America.?Ann W. Moore, Guilderland Public Library, NY
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More About the Author

Kristiana Gregory has published more than 30 children's book with Scholastic, Harcourt and Holiday House, and has now ventured into self-publishing with her memoir BLUE SKIES: ONE AUTHOR'S JOURNEY, due Spring 2015.

She grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the beach and she always loved to make up stories, telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed. 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 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.

New re-releases in e-books & paperback on Amazon:
JIMMY SPOON AND THE PONY EXPRESS
PRAIRIE RIVER SERIES
ORPHAN RUNAWAYS: THE PERILOUS ESCAPE TO BODIE
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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.
THE WAITING LIGHT: CLEMENTINE'S STORY. 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, read & hang out with friends.

Customer Reviews

The way that it was written like a dairy was also very interesting.
GraceTotten
This was one of the first Dear America books I read, and I still remember how very much I enjoyed it.
Rebecca Herman
I liked the way the author told what life was like and how the kids had to work very hard.
Grace Totten

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Abigail Jane Stewart, called Abby by her family and friends, is the narrator of this fictional diary. She is only eleven when the American army makes camp near her home in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in December of 1777. She and her older sister, Elisabeth, and younger sister, Sally, are worried about their mother and newborn brother, but they try to help the army in whatever way they can. Abby, her mother, and sisters do laundry for General Washington, and Abby and Elisabeth sew for the soldiers and visit the encampment with Mrs. Washington to help with the sick soldiers. In viewing the horror of war firsthand, Abby matures from a child who views war as an adventure to a girl who, in spite of her young age, understands the sacrifices the soldiers are making to fight for freedom. This was one of the first Dear America books I read, and I still remember how very much I enjoyed it. It started me out on my way to loving this series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must-read for all Revolutionary War fans. Anyone who likes to read accounts about our nation's past will love The Winter of Red Snow. This book is a fictional diary about Abigail Jane Stewart, an 11-year-old girl who lived at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. It tells of her feelings toward life, the war, the army, etc. It is a great account. While reading this book, I felt like I had traveled back in time. I felt like I was right there with Abigail. When Abigail helped Martha Washington on her walks through the army's camp, I could see, hear, and even smell the sick and dying soldiers in my mind. Abigail's vivid descriptions brought such clear, sharp pictures to my mind, it made me wish I was a painter so I could paint them. I recommend this book to anyone who likes diaries from wartimes, or just the Revolutionary War in general. It is full of detail, description, and vivid feelings and thoughts. It's a real page-turner, and is very hard to put down.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book should be near the top of the list of books for young adults, perferably nine to twelve, to read. History comes alive through details on life from a young girl's perspective. Even kids who don't like to learn about history will love this book, and most likely other books by this author. The details in this book: especially the descriptions of the soldiers trudging through the snow, will pull (willingly, I might add :)) any young adult into American History. Yet, the story still has a lightheartedness that children will enjoy. There is a wonderful plot, and a happy ending. This book will enthrall young adults and keep them reading until the last page is turned. History is something everyone should know about, and the author makes it possible so even the young can enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "caitie2hawaii" on March 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Winter of Red Snow, by Kristiana Gregory, is a great book about the Revolutionary War. It is easy to understand and explains much of the War. Two of the main characters are Mr. and Mrs. George Washington. Therefore, you learn a little bit about them and what they were possibly like.
         This Book is a diary of a young girl 11 years of age, named Abigail. She lives 18 miles out of Pennsylvania duringthe war. Her small town is Valley Forge. The 13 Colony's army has camped there during the harsh winter. Many end up with Small Pox or amputated hands andfeet.
         This story goes along with Abigail for six months. The army helps her life in many ways, although it can also be very frustrating and annoying. Abigail her self lives with her family. She is one of three girls, the middle one. Her mom gives birth to a baby boy on the first page of the book. Her mom although has given birth to six sons before whom all died through terrible winters. Johnny is the new sons name, and he lives through winter and grows to be healthy. Abigail's Father is a shoemaker and slaves all winter long to make shoes for the thousands of soldiers without. Abigail is closest to her sister Elisabeth who is 16. They both sew jackets with their name embroidered on the inside. The two girls eventually give the coats to a soldier to wear. Elisabeth's jacket wearer returns and falls in love with her. The women in her family receive the job of doing General Washington's laundry; because of the weekly visit to his house, they become friends with him.
         In this book, it clearly laid out the important events of this war. It explained them more clearly than the text book and made it come together. It also showed the gruesome but true facts about poor soldiers who fought this war for all Americans. This is a great book to read for a Revolutionary War experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was the first Dear America book I ever read and I love it. It is about a girl in the Rev. War. She lives very close to Valley Forge and the war changes her life.
As the book begins with her baby brother being born, Abigail explains her every-day life and family. Every day she does many chores and cares for her brother and worries about his life. Soon she hears news of the Army coming to camp near her town. When they do come her life is changed totally. She has extra, extra chores and many things to do, but she only realizes the real seriousness of the war when she goes to camp...
You should read this book. In some parts it is exciting, funny (barely though) and VERY sad. You will respect and honor the Patriots in the Rev. War when you read this book. This is a book that is pretty serious. Read this book! It is totally awesome and is my favorite besides So Far From Home. Try this book and I promise that most of you will LOVE it. I never get bored of it.
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