Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

This is a very neat little retelling/fictitious diary of Marie Antoinette's younger years, and her days before she becomes the notorious Queen of France. The author uses her imagination to invent a childhood for Marie that girls today may relate to, and all the events leading up to her arranged marriage and the obscene pomp … Continue reading Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

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Dear America: A Time for Courage, The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen (Washington, D.C. 1917) by Kathryn Lasky

Kat is a fourteen-year-old girl living in Washington, D.C. in the year of the picket lines for women's suffrage. While Kat's father, a doctor, is more progressive and generally accepting of Kat's mother's picketing and women's rights activism, Kat's Uncle Bayard is a harsh tyrant to his own wife (also a suffragette) and family, and … Continue reading Dear America: A Time for Courage, The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen (Washington, D.C. 1917) by Kathryn Lasky

Dear America: Christmas After All, The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift (Indianapolis, Indiana 1932) by Kathryn Lasky

This DA diary is a very readable book. Set in Indianapolis, Indiana during the Great Depression, Minnie (short for Minerva) is the youngest of four sisters, with a younger brother. Her father is out of work and her mother has already had to close off half of the rooms in the house to save on … Continue reading Dear America: Christmas After All, The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift (Indianapolis, Indiana 1932) by Kathryn Lasky

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