Emma's Journal: The Story of a Colonial Girl

Emma's Journal: The Story of a Colonial Girl

by Marissa Moss, Moss
     
 

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The year is 1774 and trouble is brewing in Massachusetts. The British army has blockaded Boston and ten-year-old Emma Millar is stuck at Aunt Harmony’s house in the city, far from her family. Her only companion is snobbish Thankful Bliss, who denounces the Revolution and treats Emma like a country bumpkin. Emma wants desperately to help the American struggle

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The year is 1774 and trouble is brewing in Massachusetts. The British army has blockaded Boston and ten-year-old Emma Millar is stuck at Aunt Harmony’s house in the city, far from her family. Her only companion is snobbish Thankful Bliss, who denounces the Revolution and treats Emma like a country bumpkin. Emma wants desperately to help the American struggle for freedom.When Papa gives her a secret code the militia uses, Emma finally gets her chance to change the course of history.

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A seductive introduction to the period." -School Library Journal
Marissa Moss' talents, imagination, and industry seems to have no end! Handwritten and illustrated by the author, this historically-based fictional diary of a colonial girl named Emma is both entertaining and educational! A great gift choice for girls. 2001, Harcourt Brace & Company, $7.00. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature - Nancy Partridge
With the plethora of middle grade historical novels on the market, it's interesting to see how each publishing house strives for individuality. This book has lots of fresh ideas, such as hand-printed text and lined pages that appear yellowed with age, giving it the look of an authentic old diary. Another great idea is a postcard tucked inside the book for kids to send. The story itself is told in language from the period, which adds texture and a strong voice. Ten-year-old Emma leaves the family farm in Menetomy to live with her Aunt Harmony in Boston. It is 1774, and this is a Boston torn apart in the ferment of the Revolution. Given a secret code by her father with which to pass on any information she hears, Emma is able to serve the cause she loves so much. Important figures of this period parade through Emma's life, and they are described with the sometimes mischievous and honest eye of a young girl. Well-rounded characters and some sensitive insights into the struggles of the early colonists make for a very interesting history lesson. The book is part of the "Young American Voices" series.
Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Caught in the British blockade of Boston from 1774 to 1776 and separated from her family, young Emma describes the events she witnesses or overhears. While she works at her elderly aunt's boarding house, she meets or hears about such famous figures as Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Dr. Joseph Warren, as well as British General Burgoyne, Governor Gage, and others. The story unfolds with secret messages, spying, snippets of rude songs printed in the margins that are sure to provoke giggles, and Emma's trials with the vain young Tory boarder, Thankful, who is in love with a British soldier. Emma's final entries tell of the reunion with her family and of the stirring reading of the "Proclamation of Independence" in July of 1776. As in Moss's "Amelia" journals (Tricycle) and her Rachel's Journal (Harcourt, 1998), information appears in tiny drawings or souvenir bits "pasted" in the margins. The handwritten text is eye-catching and printed on aged, lined yellow paper. An author's note separates fact from fiction, provides extra information on women spies in the Revolution, and reveals the author's sources. All in all, a seductive introduction to the period, especially for readers who remain neutral to textbook accounts.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152020255
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Young American Voices Series
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
8.05(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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