Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen is a teen novel published in 2008. The main character is the redheaded Ruby. Keeping up with what seems to be the theme with Dessen’s main characters, Ruby's not interested in making friends or being dependent on anyone else. The proverbial lock in the title refers to Ruby’s heart. After … Continue reading Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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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: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson

In this beautiful yet doleful tale, we follow Angela Denoto, a Sicilian-born teen at the turn-of-the-century in New York City. Although Angela is bright and the only member of her family who can read, as well as speak and write in English, her father's physical condition requires her and her elder sister, Luisa, to work … Continue reading Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson

Dear America: I Walk in Dread, The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691) by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

One of my favorites in the DA series, "I Walk In Dread" is more than just a diary, but an incredible story about the Salem Witch Trials, told from a very unique perspective that cannot, in my knowledge, be found among any other Salem Witch literature. There is nothing supernatural in this book, first of … Continue reading Dear America: I Walk in Dread, The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691) by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

Dear America: Love Thy Neighbor, The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (Greenmarsh, Massachusetts 1774) by Ann Turner

In this unique DA diary, the author tells the Revolutionary War era story from a Tory's point of view; that is, from the point of view of a girl and her family who did not want to secede from England and were perfectly happy living under the King's reign. These people are often viewed as … Continue reading Dear America: Love Thy Neighbor, The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (Greenmarsh, Massachusetts 1774) by Ann Turner

Dear America: Survival in the Storm, The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards (Dalhart, Texas 1935) by Katelan Janke

This is a wonderful DA diary taking place during the Great Depression in the Texas Panhandle. At this time, those who lived in the prairies were hit for several years by terrible drought and dust storms (caused by farmers' improper treatment of topsoil coupled with strong winds and a severe drought) that nearly ruined the … Continue reading Dear America: Survival in the Storm, The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards (Dalhart, Texas 1935) by Katelan Janke

Dear America: Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild (California Territory, 1849) by Kristiana Gregory

Susanna, her parents, and her sister set sail from the U.S. east coast to the west in hopes to reunite with family in Oregon. However, on their voyage, their mother is taken by the sea when a giant wave sweeps upon deck. Susanna, her father, and sister are devastated by their loss, but must continue … Continue reading Dear America: Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild (California Territory, 1849) by Kristiana Gregory