A Journey to the New World: The Story of Remember Patience Whipple, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620 (Dear America Series)

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Twelve-year-old Remember Patience Whipple ("Mem" for short) has just arrived in the New World with her parents after a grueling 65-day journey on the MAYFLOWER.

Mem has an irrepressible spirit, and leaps headfirst into life in her new home. Despite harsh conditions, Mem is fearless. She helps to care for the sick and wants more than anything to meet and befriend a Native American.

Her wish comes true when she ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Remember Patience Whipple ("Mem" for short) has just arrived in the New World with her parents after a grueling 65-day journey on the MAYFLOWER.

Mem has an irrepressible spirit, and leaps headfirst into life in her new home. Despite harsh conditions, Mem is fearless. She helps to care for the sick and wants more than anything to meet and befriend a Native American.

Her wish comes true when she meets Squanto, who helps Mem and her family face a year of trial, tragedy, and thanksgiving.

PRAISE FOR DEAR AMERICA:

"More than a supplement to classroom textbooks, this series is an imaginative, solid entre into American history." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"An impressive series that will challenge students to make connections from prominent historical events to relevant life situations. . . . A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries." --CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW SERVICE

"Engaging, accessible historical fiction." -- SLJ

"The Dear America diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age." -- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545238014
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 166,944
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A TIME FOR COURAGE and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Awesome

    Touching and anspiring when her mother died i felt so sorry for remember but then i remembered that her mother let her maker take her bless her soul

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Awesome

    I read it in school. It was a really great book. It was super amazing writing skils. Awesomeness.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    Inaccurate Character Portrayal-Mary Chilton

    While this book is excellent in terms of providing young readers with a sense of what it was like on board the mayflower and how the pilgrims survived the first year, I'm a direct descendant of Mary Chilton (whom Remember called "Air Nose") and disagree with the portrayal of my great X9 grandmother. To my knowledge there is no historical evidence to suggest that Mary Chilton was as she is portrayed by the author. The interactions between Mary Chilton and Remember are fictional. While Mary Chilton was the first female to set foot on Plymouth Rock, it is stated that she jumped out of the boat and waded to the rock in excitement rather than shoving people out of the way. In particular I found the part in the book in which Remember wishes for the (almost) death and crippling of Mary Chilton most offensive. I don't want my daughter reading this. If Kathryn Lansky wanted to portray a character in opposition to Remember then she should have chosen a fictional character. She should not have taken the liberty of giving a real person an unlikable personality and involving them in fictional scenarios.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Awesome but historical

    This was a wonderfurl book to read it was a magnificent and #1 in the books i read my daughter loved this book like i did

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of my favoite books! Mem's name is not strang it is a common name back then. I really think you should read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Love this book!!

    This book is a way to see how the people who were on the Mayflower felt as they traveled across the ocean to the New World. Once they reach land it is a whole new world for Remeber Patientce Whipple and her family. There are houses to build and water to haul all during this harsh cold winter. Many lives were lost that winter and families were left greiving in their unfinished homes. Children helped as much as possible but it seemed as though they were getting nowhere with their work. In summer they got to rejoice with the Indians and that is how this holiday Thanksgiving came to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    ?????

    Strange name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Love this book

    Love this book. Its the best Dear America book i hav read so far! My fav Dear America! Read it please! It really captures what the voyage was like for the people on the May Flower!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Great book every one should read it

    I thought it was perfect for kids my age awesome for plymouth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    I wish I could get it!!!

    Wish I could get it!!!!!!!! You guys make it sound SOOO awsome!!! I'm gon'na ask my mom if I could get it!! Thanks for the great revews!!!!!

    Mikayla10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Good book

    It was a good book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Hhhh

    Ok i got kinda bored eith at least thirty diary pages full of the same thing but the end was good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Yesss

    Yeeessss

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

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    New WOrld

    Twelve Year old Patience and her family have set out on the journey from Europe to the New World on the Mayflower. She weathers the storms, and seaseickness. They finally reach land only to discover that conditions are no better, she tries her best to get through the days, to only lose her mother at death's door, and her best friend who goes back to Europe. How can a young girl survive?

    Kathryn Lasky has out done her self ont his historical Diary. She has showed every emotion that a young girl would be going through losing those close to her, in a world she wasn't exactly sure of. Everyone, no matter their age will love this diary, and I recommend it to all. It is the greatest book I have read concerning the mayflower.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    After more than two months and over 2,900 miles, Remember Whipple and her family arrive in the New World with the rest of the passengers and crew aboard the famed Mayflower. The Whipple family is part of a religious group known as the Saints that left Holland to find religious freedom in this far away place. The Mayflower first came ashore off Cape Cod. Women and children were left on the ship while the men explored. It was determined that the area was not their true destination, and they set sail for a neighboring region. The Pilgrims finally settled in a place Remember refers to as Plimoth. At the start of the voyage, Remember's mother gives her a handmade diary and encourages her young daughter to record the events of the journey. What follows is a fascinating account of the treacherous trip across the Atlantic. The sea voyage was extremely uncomfortable and deadly. Many passengers didn't live to set foot in the New World. Remember was one of the lucky few whose entire family survived the journey. Once in the New World, the settlers were faced with even greater challenges. They arrived at the start of winter, so sickness continued to decrease their numbers, and the shortage of food presented further problems. Although Remember writes of being excited to see and meet the Indians, the men of the group prepared to deal with a possible unfriendly welcome from the natives. Author Kathryn Lasky paints an incredible picture of these brave pioneers. She describes the investors who gambled that the pilgrims would make the voyage, create a settlement, and then produce products that would be returned by ship to repay their investment. Lasky turns this well-known story into a suspenseful adventure told by a courageous young girl. A JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD is a welcome addition to the DEAR AMERICA series.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    Sailing to Freedom.

    With a well-developed protagonist and storyline this novel is sure to grab and hold readers attention. The protagonist explains the trip to America in her own words and how she felt about what was happening around her during the first days in America as well as the sail to the New World. Step back to 1620 through the "eyes" of the protagonist and voyage on the Mayflower to the land on the other side of the world in "Dear America The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple: A Journey to the New World, Mayflower 1620" by Kathryn Lasky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book was one of my favorites when i was a kid. I think every kid should read this to get a new perspective on what the Puritans went through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    A really good book

    I liked this book alot, but it wasn't one of my faviorote Dear America Series. I'd still give it five stars. It was an intresting book. I'd reccomond it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    This book is great!

    I really did not know how much trouble people had on their way to America until i read this book. It was very sad,but it was also very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Quick and Breezy

    A JOURNY TO THE NEW WORLD is an enjoyable easy read of what life was like from the pilrims when they first came to Plymoth. The book starts out on the Mayflower and endsat the start of the second winter for the pilgrims. There is accurates descriptions of the ship (I was well pleased with this being a sailor), life during the first winter, and the first encounter with Native Americans. The thoughts and feelings of Mem are well described so that the charcter seems real and her world does as well. This book is easy enough for younger readers to comprehend (about third grade level)but has enough details and facts that make this book a good read for older students.

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