Dear America Book Series

Dear America Book Series

The fictional diaries of young girls throughout the history of the United States are the focus of the Dear America book series. The books highlight crucial events and times, from wars to immigration, through the girl's perspective. Multiple authors are responsible for the books, which number over 30, and are published by Scholastic.

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Look to the Hills

Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 by Patricia C. McKissack follows a slave girl, Zettie, who moves to America with her mistress after helping her escape an arranged marriage. The story depicts early colonial life for the girls at they search for the Zettie's mistress's brother.

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The Winter of Red Snow

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 by Kristiana Gregory is a diary written by Abby, who observes the soldiers and their leader, George Washington, as they all endure the historically famous winter.

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A Picture of Freedom

A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859 by Patricia C. McKissack depicts the story of how the young slave girl Clotee taught herself how to read and write, an ability slaves are not supposed to know how to do. Follow Clotee's story about slave life just before the Civil War.

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A Light in the Storm

A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861 by Karen Hesse depicts what life is like during the Civil War for a girl who lives in a Union state. She listens to her parents argue about slavery, abolition and President Abraham Lincoln.

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When Will This Cruel War Be Over

Get the views of a southern girl whose brother and father are called to fight for the Confederate side of the Civil War in When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 by Barry Denenberg.

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Hear My Sorrow

Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City, 1909 by Deborah Hopkinson offers the views of an Italian immigrant who toils in a factory after her father can no longer work. This book depicts labor hardships in the early 20th century.

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Like The Willow Tree

Like The Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918 by Lowis Lowry is about the changes in a girl's life after her parents are killed in a flu outbreak. She must move to a Shaker community and adapt to their customs and follow new rules.

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