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The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Story of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 (Dear America Series)

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Eleven-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart's fictionalized diary about her life, family, friends, and neighbors, and the sides they have to choose in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the height of the Revolutionary War, renders a vivid portrayal of one of the most memorable and crucial winters in American history.

Abby's life with her family is quickly upended when they are awakened by the unfamiliar sound of drums. General George Washington is ...

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Overview

Eleven-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart's fictionalized diary about her life, family, friends, and neighbors, and the sides they have to choose in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the height of the Revolutionary War, renders a vivid portrayal of one of the most memorable and crucial winters in American history.

Abby's life with her family is quickly upended when they are awakened by the unfamiliar sound of drums. General George Washington is leading the Continental soldiers into their winter encampment at Valley Forge, PA.
Hardship is a constant companion for soldiers and citizens alike throughout the winter, and in her diary, Abby pieces together the beauty, pain, and blessings of this long, revolutionary winter.

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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Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Eleven-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart records the experiences in her diary as she and her family are caught up in the American Revolutionary War. This fictional diary captures the innocent view of a girl forced to survive in a war after George Washington's troops encamp in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The hardships of the harsh winter and results of being caught up in this conflict are vividly described. The diary format is age appropriate and gives an excellent view of the American Revolutionary War. The date divisions for the year 1777 provide an easy transition through the text. The "Historical Note" provides the background information about the American Revolution. Black and white sketches and photographs show the era. The "Acknowledgements" section defines the in-depth research done by the author. The diary would be an excellent supplement to the history curriculum as young readers see this period of history come alive. Other books in the "Dear America Series" include The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple; and Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady. Although Abigail's diary covers the unique topic of the American Revolution, the content contributes to American history shown in the series. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545238021
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 69,894
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Kristiana Gregory is the bestselling author of many Dear America titles, including THE WINTER OF RED SNOW and its follow-up, CANNONS AT DAWN; ACROSS THE WIDE AND LONESOME PRAIRIE; and SEEDS OF HOPE. She has also written the Cabin Creek Mysteries, which are based on bedtime stories she told her sons when they were young and restless. Kristiana lives in Boise, Idaho. Visit her online at www.kgregorybooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    Loved this book!

    The Winter of Red Snow is captivating story, rooted into a colorful historical backround, tells of a young girl's trials and trumphs in the midst of battle and bloodshed. Set in the harsh backround of the famously brutal winter in Valley Forge, PA during the year 1777. Eleven-year old Abigail Jane Stewart's life is turned upside-down when General George Washington's army of Patriots winters in Valley Forge. In the cruel winter months, Abigail watches as the army is consumed with disease and death, she watches as men die from lack of warmth, food, and medical attention. At last, when all hope seems lost, spring arrives, and with the aid of the French, the exhausted American army is reborn, and Abigail learns that beauty can be found within the darkest, coldest of winters, and hope is always with the comfort of family.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Great

    Very good book. I was surprised at how real the story seemed! I read this in fourth grade, so it is probably a good level for children who are 9-12 or 13. Perfect for young people who want to learn US history, because it is from a child's point of view. Would reccomend to ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Soo Good

    Abigail Jane Stewart is a young girl living through the Revolutionary War. She experiences many sad and painful events that happened to the soldiers. This is a great book!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Ehhh

    I dont think it was exciting as i thought it would be. Good book but... i have read better books in the Dear America seris. What i would change is the usage of words. Like the old timey words but i would put better words in like aadjectives and all those in. But overall i give it 4 stars.Yah, I am a tough critic.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great book!

    I loved this book!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Great Book

    If you ever wanted to read about the revolutinary war heres a book you should read. One of the best in the series and very historic.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    Reviewed by Monica Sheffo for Teens Read Too

    Abigail is a young girl living in Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. She and her family are enduring great struggles during this hard time, between the birth of a new baby to the battles seemingly taking place right outside their doorstep. She must get used to the idea that sides must be chosen, loyalties will be tested, and the true reason of what it means to be an American will be realized. Smart and honest, this story is the perfect read for a budding young history buff. Ms. Gregory writes as Abigail, completely capturing the innocent view of a child forced to grow up in a time of war and great change. Young readers will be able to relate to Abigail's challenges while learning about history along the way. Printed with a new cover and format, THE WINTER OF RED SNOW is flawless.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    A real look at War!!!

    Abigail Jane Stewart lives in a house near Valley forge where George Washington, who isn't a president yet, is camped with his men. Abby is shocked to hear what the grownups are talking about and to see the bloody snow where the soldiers walked because they had NO SHOES! This is a very interesting and sometimes exciting book--I'm just glad I was born then or living near a battle field!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Sounds interesting!!

    I just got this book and it is pretty good!! My favorite story from this series is dear america across the wide and lonesome prarie the diary of hattie campbell 1847!! Must read that one!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Good Book

    I found this book at my school library. I read some of it to my sister and she even liked it. It took many twist and turns but it keeps you pulled in. I think you should read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book for tweens!

    It was a really good book about a girl growing up during the Revolutionary War.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great read!

    Great for avid readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    Great Dear America book!

    It is a really well written book and very interesting to read. A little sad(as almost all Dear America books are) but very easy to read. I always enjoy reading books that are from a girl's perspective and she's the one 'writing' it. Great book!! I recommend it to girls 12+

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    BEST BOOK AND AUTHOR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

    My favorite book ever. Abigail reminds me of me! It is my #1 favorite book of all time! It was SO wonderful that I read it three times and will be reading it again soon! If I could I would give this book 100 STARS!!!!!!!!! It is perfect for ANYONE to read...even boys! Kristiana Gregory is an AWESOME AUTHOR!!!!!!! MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK AND AUTHOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    good book

    ' Finally through the gray, we saw them. Their footprints left blood in the snow.' This is only one of the many horrible things Abigail Stewart had t witness during the Revolutionary War. Do you like war books? If you do then you will love this book. If you don¿t like war books this is still an awesome book for you. Abigail Stewart is a brave young lady. She is the oldest of two children. Abigail would make food for the soldiers whenever they would come into town. Abigail¿s father had to serve on the army during the war. She and her family would be so scared that he wouldn¿t come back home. She lived in Valley Forge Pennsylvania. This book took place in 1777, during the Revolutionary War. We can only imagine what it was like for her and her family back then. Most of her family members died form the war. I can only thank God that I didn¿t live back then. This book is very interesting. It just doesn¿t let you put it down. This is an excellent book if you have to learn about the Revolutionary War. Believe it or not you may actually learn something. Over all I would give this an eight out of ten. Erika Curtis

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Read this book

    This is a great book! I love reading it. I can't put it down if I start reading it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    :D

    Awesome

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Jocelyn

    This book is great. It's one if those books you want to keep reading. But I would suggest reading it at the library.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    The Winter of Red Snow

    I love Abigail Jane Stewart's diary!!! It's a great fictional look at the winter at Valley Forge. I admire Abigail's courage throughout the long winter. This has become one of my favorite Dear America books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Hi

    I LOVED this book!!!!!!! It is such a good book, i have read it and reread it so many times!!!!!!! I really recomend it.!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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