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    Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow

    Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow

    When General George Washington's troops first set up camp near Abigail Stewart's home, Abby believes war is exciting and glamorous.

    Abby works at Washington's headquarters, where she finds a special friend in Martha Washington, the future first lady. But during the long winter Abby sees for herself the hardships of war, as soldiers are starving, wounded, or dying.

    Abby must summon a new-found strength to help the soldiers and their loved ones carry on.

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    Dear America: The Fences Between Us

    Dear America: The Fences Between Us

    by Kirby Larson

    With this sweeping tale of life on the World War II homefront, Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson brings her incredible talent to the Dear America series. When Pearl Harbor is attacked, America is finally unable to ignore the wars raging in Europe and Asia any longer. And one girl's entire life is about to change when everything she knows is turned on its head. After the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, where her brother, a navy sailor, is stationed, Piper Davis begins chronicling her compelling journey through one of history's most tragic and unforgettable eras.

    Piper's father is the pastor for a Japanese Baptist church, and when its members are taken away to Minidoka, Idaho, to be interned, Pastor Davis moves his family from Seattle to Idaho to be with his congregation. Piper is jealous of her older sister, who gets to remain at home and go off to work. Her brother, who survived the Pearl Harbor strike, is stationed in the Pacific, while her brother-in-law is shipped off to Europe to fight. Piper, meanwhile, hates her new life, but soon, through her budding friendship with Betty, a Japanese-American girl who is interned in the camp, Piper learns how it important it is to bear witness to the events that were bound to change America.

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Christmas After All

Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary Of Minnie Swift

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Series: Dear America

Interest Level:
3-7

Lexile Framework:
770L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.5

Guided Reading Level:
W

Age:
8-12

Genre:
Diaries and Journals, Historical Fiction, Series

Subject:
Great Depression, Christmas, Family Life, Survival

About This Book

At the age of twelve, Minnie Swift is living through one of the toughest times in America's history, The Great Depression. She keeps a detailed diary over the span of one Christmas month. Reflecting the sadness but also the optimism that characterized the time, this is an intimate portrait of a midwestern family's days and nights, ups and downs, triumphs and losses. It is the story of one family's persevering spirit.


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