Dear America: Cannons at Dawn, The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1779) by Kristiana Gregory

"Cannons at Dawn" is the second diary of "The Winter of the Red Snow"'s Abigail Stewart, and the first sequel in the "Dear America" series. The story continues not long after Abigail's first diary ends, still in the middle of the Revolutionary War. As we learn in the opening pages, Abigail's father, the cobbler, has … Continue reading Dear America: Cannons at Dawn, The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1779) by Kristiana Gregory

Dear America: Look to the Hills, The Diary of Lozette Moreau, A French Slave Girl (New York Colony, 1763) by Patricia McKissack

It is 1763, and Lozette, or "Zettie," is the African servant to a French family in Province. She was bought to be a companion to Marie-Louise ("Ree") Boyer. Companion slaves were somewhat elite, as they are well-educated, well-dressed, and taught the same as their masters, to make them fit for the company of the upper-class. … Continue reading Dear America: Look to the Hills, The Diary of Lozette Moreau, A French Slave Girl (New York Colony, 1763) by Patricia McKissack

Dear America: When Christmas Comes Again, The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (New York City to the Western Front, 1917) by Beth Seidel Levine

Simone Spencer is DA's oldest narrator at eighteen years old. Born to a fairly well-to-do family in New York City with an American father and French mother, Simone is bilingual in the English and French languages. After she graduates high school, Simone learns that all American men between the ages of 21 and 30 are … Continue reading Dear America: When Christmas Comes Again, The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (New York City to the Western Front, 1917) by Beth Seidel Levine

Dear America: My Secret War, The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (Long Island, New York 1942) by Mary Pope Osborne

Maddie Beck and her mother live in a boarding house on Long Island, New York, while her father, a naval officer, is stationed overseas in the Pacific. Out of devotion to her father, Maddie makes friends in her new town and, with her new beau Johnny, starts a group for young people to help with … Continue reading Dear America: My Secret War, The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (Long Island, New York 1942) by Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America: Dreams in the Golden Country, The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl (New York City, 1903) by Kathryn Lasky

Zipporah and her family are Jewish immigrants to the U.S. in the early 1900s. This book could have focused more upon Jewish culture, family values, and life in America in the early twentieth century, but the narrator was more consumed with her fascination with drama and acting. Instead of the story of a Jewish immigrant, … Continue reading Dear America: Dreams in the Golden Country, The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl (New York City, 1903) by Kathryn Lasky

Dear America: West to a Land of Plenty, The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (New York to Idaho Territory 1883) by Jim Murphy

When I read the first page of this DA diary, I knew this one was going to be quite special. For one, it was written in (what I felt to be) a very realistic voice and style for a fourteen year old girl-- complete with spelling errors and complaints about family, and how much she … Continue reading Dear America: West to a Land of Plenty, The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (New York to Idaho Territory 1883) by Jim Murphy