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Dear America Series
Authors: Kathryn Lasky, Kristiana Gregory, Barry Denenberg, Patricia McKissack, Joyce Hansen, Jim Murphy, Mary Pope Osborne, Ellen Emerson White, Sherry Garland, Ann Rinaldi, Karen Hesse, Ann Turner, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Katelan Janke, Beth Seidel Levine, Marion Dane Bauer, Megan McDonald, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Deborah Hopkinson, Kirby Larson, Lois Lowry, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Susan Patron, Judy Blundell
Number of Books in Series: 43 so far
Age Group: 8 - 13 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 4.3-6.6
GLE 2.4-6.6
F&P/GRL R-X
DRA 40-60
Lexile® measure 670L-1070L

Book 1 Summary: Twelve-year-old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.

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Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1779 is the sequel to The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777; the other books in the series are independent stories and can be read in any order.

Publication Order

Jump to Books: 11-20  21-30  31-40  41-43  

Book 1: A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620
Ages 8-13. September 1, 1996.
AR: 6 (4 Points, Quiz #17627);  GLE: 3.1
F&P/GRL: X;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 900L

Book 2: The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777
Ages 8-13. September 1, 1996.
AR: 5.5 (4 Points, Quiz #17650);  GLE: 2.8
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 870L

Book 3: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864
Ages 8-13. September 1, 1996.
AR: 6.6 (3 Points, Quiz #17648);  GLE: 6.5
F&P/GRL: U;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 1050L

Book 4: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859
Ages 8-13. January 1, 1997.
AR: 4.6 (5 Points, Quiz #17636);  GLE: 5.2
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 790

Book 5: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847
Ages 8-13. January 1, 1197.
AR: 5.5 (4 Points, Quiz #17602);  GLE: 5.2
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 940L

Book 6: So Far from Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847
Ages 8-13. January 1, 1997.
AR: 4.4 (3 Points, Quiz #17641);  GLE: 3.5
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 710L

Book 7: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865
Ages 8-13. October 1, 1997.
AR: 5 (5 Points, Quiz #17624);  GLE: 4.8
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 820L

Book 8: West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi, New York to Idaho Territory, 1883
Ages 8-13. March 1, 1998.
AR: 5.2 (6 Points, Quiz #18799);  GLE: 4.8
Lexile measure: 1070L

Book 9: Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903
Ages 8-13. March 1, 1998.
AR: 4.5 (4 Points, Quiz #18762);  GLE: 4.8
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 750L

Book 10: Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763
Ages 8-13. September 1, 1998.
AR: 5.1 (4 Points, Quiz #25224);  GLE: 4.8
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 830
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Book 11: Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, RMS Titanic, 1912
Ages 8-13. January 1, 1998.
AR: 6.5 (5 Points, Quiz #25892);  GLE: 3.3
F&P/GRL: U;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 1010L

Book 12: A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas, 1836
Ages 8-13. September 1, 1998.
AR: 5.6 (6 Points, Quiz #25891);  GLE: 4.8
Lexile measure: 960

Book 13: My Heart Is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl, Carlisle Indian School, Pennsylvania, 1880
Ages 8-13. April 1, 1999.
AR: 4.3 (5 Points, Quiz #31191);  GLE: 5.2
Lexile measure: 700L

Book 14: The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory, 1868
Ages 8-13. April 1, 1999.
AR: 5.7 (5 Points, Quiz #31190);  GLE: 5.8
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 970L

Book 15: A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861
Ages 8-13. September 1, 1999.
AR: 5.3 (4 Points, Quiz #32207);  GLE: 5.6
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 850L

Book 16: The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864
Ages 8-13. September 1, 1999.
AR: 5.1 (5 Points, Quiz #32208);  GLE: 6.2
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 920L

Book 17: A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896
Ages 8-13. July 1, 2000.
AR: 5.5 (6 Points, Quiz #42429);  GLE: 5.5
F&P/GRL: U;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 800L

Book 18: Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North, Chicago, Illinois, 1919
Ages 8-13. April 1, 2000.
AR: 4.9 (5 Points, Quiz #35834);  GLE: 6.5
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 760L

Book 19: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938
Ages 8-13. October 1, 2000.
AR: 5.6 (6 Points, Quiz #44824);  GLE: 6.6
Lexile measure: 950L

Book 20: My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York, 1941
Ages 8-13. January 1, 2000.
AR: 5.5 (4 Points, Quiz #44821);  GLE: 5.3
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 740L
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Book 21: Valley of the Moon: The Diary Of Maria Rosalia de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta California, 1846
Ages 8-13. April 1, 2001.
AR: 6.2 (6 Points, Quiz #50168);  GLE: 5.6
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 880L

Book 22: Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory, 1849
Ages 8-13. June 1, 2001.
AR: 5.5 (5 Points, Quiz #52606);  GLE: 6.1
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 790L

Book 23: Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932
Ages 8-13. November 1, 2001.
AR: 5.4 (5 Points, Quiz #55193);  GLE: 5.5
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 770L

Book 24: Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941
Ages 8-13. February 29, 2000.
AR: 5.6 (3 Points, Quiz #54162);  GLE: 5.5
F&P/GRL: S;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 930L

Book 25: My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1881
Ages 8-13. October 1, 2001.
AR: 5.6 (6 Points, Quiz #54170);  GLE: 4.9
Lexile measure: 810L

Book 26: Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty, Boston, Massachusetts, 1968
Ages 8-13. January 1, 2002.
AR: 5.8 (6 Points, Quiz #59358);  GLE: 5.9
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 930L

Book 27: A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C., 1917
Ages 8-13. January 1, 2002.
AR: 5.9 (6 Points, Quiz #58676);  GLE: 5.9
F&P/GRL: S;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 850L

Book 28: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan, Perkins School for the Blind, 1932
Ages 8-13. September 1, 2002.
AR: 6 (4 Points, Quiz #64750);  GLE: 4.9
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 910L

Book 29: Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas, 1935
Ages 8-13. September 1, 2002.
AR: 6.4 (6 Points, Quiz #64752);  GLE: 5.9
F&P/GRL: X;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 990L

Book 30: When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer, New York City to the Western Front, 1917
Ages 8-13. January 1, 2002.
AR: 5.8 (5 Points, Quiz #64754);  GLE: 5.9
Lexile measure: 940L
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Book 31: Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, an English Girl in Minnesota, New Yeovil, Minnesota, 1873
Ages 8-13. April 1, 2003.
AR: 5.9 (7 Points, Quiz #68064);  GLE: 4.9
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 930L

Book 32: Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson, Green Marsh, Massachusetts, 1774
Ages 8-13. April 1, 2003.
AR: 5.6 (5 Points, Quiz #68065);  GLE: 4.9
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 850L

Book 33: All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, The Santa Fe Trail, 1848
Ages 8-13. September 1, 2003.
AR: 5.3 (5 Points, Quiz #70045);  GLE: 5.5
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 840L

Book 34: Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony, 1763
Ages 8-13. April 1, 2004.
AR: 5 (4 Points, Quiz #77004);  GLE: 5.4
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 670L

Book 35: I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691
Ages 8-13. October 1, 2004.
AR: 6.3 (8 Points, Quiz #83121);  GLE: 6.4
F&P/GRL: X;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 910L

Book 36: Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City, 1909
Ages 8-13. October 1, 2004.
AR: 4.8 (5 Points, Quiz #83014);  GLE: 4.4
F&P/GRL: S;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 740L

Book 37: The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941
Ages 8-13. January 1, 2010.
AR: 5 (8 Points, Quiz #139518);  GLE: 2.5
F&P/GRL: X;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 730L

Book 38: Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918
Ages 8-13. January 1, 2011.
AR: 5.6 (6 Points, Quiz #141528);  GLE: 2.7
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 830L

Book 39: Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1779
Ages 8-13. May 1, 2011.
AR: 4.8 (5 Points, Quiz #143877);  GLE: 2.5
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 740L

Book 40: With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954
Ages 8-13. September 1, 2011.
AR: 4.8 (8 Points, Quiz #146291);  GLE: 2.4
F&P/GRL: U;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 740L
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Book 41: Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880
Ages 8-13. January 1, 2012.
AR: 6.1 (8 Points, Quiz #150475);  GLE: 5.7
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 890L

Book 42: A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906
Ages 8-13. March 1, 2013.
AR: 5.3 (6 Points, Quiz #157767)
Lexile measure: 770L

Book 43: Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose, Chicago, Illinois, 1871
Ages 8-13. March 1, 2013.
AR: 5.1 (6 Points, Quiz #157458);  GLE: 4.6
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 750L

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 43 Books


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