We Are Patriots: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book Two, 1777 (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In her diary, ten-year-old Hope writes about her life as a patriot in 1777 Philadelphia, as the Redcoats try to take over her city and defeat the Continental Army. Includes historical notes.

In her diary, ten-year-old Hope writes about her life as a patriot in 1777 Philadelphia, as the Redcoats try to take over her city and defeat the Continental Army. Includes historical notes.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In her diary, ten-year-old Hope writes about her life as a patriot in 1777 Philadelphia, as the Redcoats try to take over her city and defeat the Continental Army. Includes historical notes.

In her diary, ten-year-old Hope writes about her life as a patriot in 1777 Philadelphia, as the Redcoats try to take over her city and defeat the Continental Army. Includes historical notes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In simple language, Hope writes in her diary about events of the Revolutionary War and how it affects her life. She accurately describes customs of colonial times like wig making and the night watchman lighting the lamps and uses the grammar, spelling and words of the late 1700s. Her father is heavily involved with the Patriots and wanted by the Redcoats. Her best friend's family are Loyalists. Even though the two girls are forbidden to see each other, they manage to pass secret notes through an intermediary. Having a friend on the opposite side of the war shows readers there is no clear-cut enemy. This book is Hope's second in the "My America" series. Sidebars and sketches of what Hope describes could add to the historical facts, although there are pictures and historical notes at the end of the book. Her narrative also provides many starting places for further research, such as what happened to the Liberty Bell or the population and architectural styles of Philadelphia in 1776. 2002, Scholastic, $8.95. Ages 9 to 13. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In Patriots, Hope, 10, lives in Philadelphia in 1777. George Washington and his troops are nearby fighting the Redcoats, who capture the city and move into her home. Gregory engages readers with the tumultuous elements of conflict and war, making this book a page-turner. Flying follows Corey, 10, an escaped slave who is now forging a life as a free person in Canada with his family. With the exception of the rescue of his best friend, there is little excitement in this plotless, formulaic story. Also, Corey's facility with language doesn't ring true. The historical note at the end of each volume offers interesting facts and a few black-and-white photos. The large font size and short entries make these books quick and accessible to reluctant and good readers alike. Although not great literature, they may be popular historical-fiction choices for kids who are willing to suspend disbelief.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With war an ever-present possibility and uncertain of their future, Hope and her family struggle to survive in Philadelphia in 1776. Part of the My America series and a sequel to Five Smooth Stones: Hope's Diary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1776 (not reviewed), Hope's latest journal entries find her family in the country having fled from the turmoil of the city. Hope's brother has run off to fight with the Red Coats and was thrown into prison as a spy. Her father is fighting as a patriot, but he has not been home in more than a year. With a new baby to care for and worries about the state of their home, Hope's mother returns all of them to the city where they must survive persecution from the invading British troops and the continuing threat of war. Desperate to have some normalcy in their lives, they reopen their bakery, and Hope returns to school. Soon, British soldiers overrun their home and Hope's father returns from the front with stories and scars from the battles he has seen. Hope learns that her father has joined the Sons of Liberty, and she fears that they may not survive the coming months. Strong imagery and well-researched details make this an engrossing as well as educational selection. Readers will eagerly await the next installment. (Fiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613456333
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: My America Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 108
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

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