Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dear America: New Books


I'm not sure if you all have heard of the Dear America Series, but I recently found out some things about it! But first a bit of a summary:
Dear America is a series of historical novels for older girls published by Scholastic in 1996. Each book is written in the form of a diary of a young woman's life during an important event or time period in American history. The Dear America series covers a wide range of topics, including: the Pilgrims' journey to the New World, the Salem Witch Trials, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, western expansion, slavery, immigration, nineteenth-century prairie life, the California Gold Rush of 1849, the Great Depression, Native Americans' experiences, racism, coal mining, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the fight for women's suffrage, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the Battle of the Alamo, the Vietnam War, and more. The breadth of historical topics covered in these books through fiction makes the Dear America series a favorite teaching device of history schoolteachers around the country.

Ok, so the first time I was introduced to the Dear America series, I was in Elementary School. I even remember the first book I ever heard (my teacher actually read it aloud!):

So that began my love for historical fiction and this series. As of one (two?) years ago, I have read all 36 books! I was really sad when I read my very last one:

But I just found out that there are going to be 6 new books in the series! I was blown away. Even at my age (15), I still love this series and I'm positive I'll read the new ones. I mean, haven't you ever had this one series that when its over, you're really sad. But then when you hear new books are coming out, you get all excited? Well, thats how this is for me. Besides the Harry Potter and the Magic Tree House (In Elementary School, this series ruled! I loved it so much, I got my brother, who is now 9, addicted to it!), there weren't that many book series that appealed to me.

Here's the Publishers Weekly Article I read.
Here is a list of all 36 books!  

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