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A Journey to the New World (Dear America)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  4,957 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky's A JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD is now back in print with a gorgeous new package! 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 condit ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published 1996)
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Krissy Blake You don't have to read them in order. This is probably the earliest one(but I'm not sure). You can read them in any order you want. :)
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Ana Mardoll
Journey to the New World (Mayflower) / 0-590-50214-X

Like so many of the Dear America series, this book has wonderful history; the journey across the sea is so real, you can almost feel the narrator's sea sickness. The arrival in the New World is presented realistically: full of hope, joy, and gratitude for the safe arrival, and yet with hunger, fear, and dread quickly setting in. Will they be able to build homes in time for the winter? Will they be able to find, grow, and hunt enough food to kee
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Regina Mary
I liked this book. It was pretty okay, but there was just some flaws in the plot line that I found. So, here are the following things which is what I consider plot holes.
1. Wording: A young girl like Mem wouldn't write words like didn't, wasn't, and can't. It's 1620, they didn't start using those words regularly until the early twentieth century, almost three hundred years AFTER the Mayflower landed in Plymouth. And because she's from holland, there should be more Dutch dialogue in her diary.
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

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 determine
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The other John
This is the first book of the Dear America series that I have read. My elder daughter has loved the series for years, but apart from peeking at some of the historical information in the back of the book, I've never read one. Until now, of course. My younger daughter is learning about the Pilgrims, so as a dutiful teacher, I feel obliged to read the same books she has to read. This one's the diary of a Puritan lass named Remember Patience Whipple. She's sailing aboard the Mayflower with her paren ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Kathryn Lasky captured the rich history from the 1600's and the treacherous journey from England to America on the Mayflower brilliantly. She wrote Remember Patience Whipple, or Mem for short, story so vividly that I was able to grasp more of what it was like growing up during this time. She detailed the events on the Mayflower, to landing at Plymouth rock, to what is like to settle the land that first year, to their clothing, crops, what they ate and what the land was like. I felt like I was pa ...more
Megan Marie
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Megan O'Neill
There are some books that just stick with you, even years after you first read them. As an elementary-schooler, I couldn't get enough of the Dear America series - and I will always maintain that everything I ever learned about American History was thanks to these books, not my social studies classes. A Journey to the New World was the first one I read, and the one responsible for sparking my love of the series.

The beautiful thing about these books - and this one in particular - is that the voic
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Nielson
A part of the Dear America series, this particular book focuses on the the journey from Europe to the New World on the Mayflower. It also focuses on what early life was like for the pilgrims. These books are a wonderful way for students to learn more about these specific times in American history. The writers' stories make past events come alive for the readers and help instill a greater appreciation for our predecessors. Also included at the back of each book is a historical note about the time ...more
♥Robin ♥
Wow!!! This series of books are really quick and easy to read but yet are very good stories. I did find a few things in the plot line that didn't seem quite right BUT the characters and story was still really good. Lots of info on historical events as well as some things these settlers dealt with such as starvation,death,and conflict. I am really enjoying these books and highly recommend them. Now I am off to read the next one :)
Jenny U
While going through some of my stuff at my parents home, I found this book. I remember it being the first book in the Dear America series (a great series to introduce girls to important events in American history). While the language and events in the book are not entirely accurate, it's a good introduction to teaching young girls about the Mayflower and the history of the Pilgrims. Not unlike the American Girls series, these books can be used as a great teaching tool, and a way to get girls int ...more
Beverly
This one is not to be read to a class. Too slow moving. I did not say Boring. The author did a Great Job making me feel like I was on the Mayflower, freezing in Massachusetts, and hungry. Remember lost her mom and her best friend. What is really neat is the ending of the book. She was married at 19, and relocated to Boston. By that time, most Pilgrims realized farming was not profitable. Her younger sister married and came to Boston as well. They made a good life in the merchant trade.

Remember's
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Kathryn Lasky captured the rich history from the 1600's and the treacherous journey from England to America on the Mayflower brilliantly. She wrote Remember Patience Whipple, or Mem for short, story so vividly that I was able to grasp more of what it was like growing up during this time. She detailed the events on the Mayflower, to landing at Plymouth rock, to what is like to settle the land that first year, to their clothing, crops, what they ate and what the land was like. I felt like I was pa ...more
Kathy
I teach social studies and try to provide historically accurate information for my students. Even though this is a historical fiction, I would not use this to accompany the Founding of America unit. There are several mistakes throughout the book. The writing style and the grammar does not match the time period, "Oh dear, I'm feeling pukish... I must lay my pen down before I puke all over you". Some historical accounts were not accurate... "There are no buildings or streets and the only people ar ...more
Amanda Caldwell
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple (Mayflower, 1620) is the story of a young pilgrim girl making her way across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World with her family. I thought this book would be really appropriate for my Thanksgiving edition of Throwback Thursday! I remember this series from when I was in elementary school, this book came out while I was in 4th grade just discovering Backstreet Boys, *NSync, and Spice Girls! I read a few of the books from the Dear ...more
Rebecca
Remember Patience Whipple, called Mem by her family, is twelve years old in 1620, when her family and other pilgrims in search of religious freedom set sail for the New World on the Mayflower. Mem is a bit frightened at the prospect of living in this wild new land, having heard tales of strange and frightening native people who attack the settlers. The sea voyage is long and tedious, full of seasickness, daily boredom, and teasing from the mean Billington boys.

When the pilgrims arrive in the new
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Jessica
This story is told from the perspective of a young 13-year-old girl, Remember Patience Whipple. Remember recounts her memories and experiences of her journey of immigrating from England to the New World. I like that this book was in a diary entry format, because the dates made it easy to follow the time frame in which the events took place. This story explains the reasons why the pilgrims wanted to immigrate to a new land in the first place, and describes in detail the hardships the pilgrims fac ...more
Ana Mardoll
Journey to the New World (Mayflower) / 0-590-50214-X

Like so many of the Dear America series, this book has wonderful history; the journey across the sea is so real, you can almost feel the narrator's sea sickness. The arrival in the New World is presented realistically: full of hope, joy, and gratitude for the safe arrival, and yet with hunger, fear, and dread quickly setting in. Will they be able to build homes in time for the winter? Will they be able to find, grow, and hunt enough food to kee
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Carolynne
Kathryn Lasky's books are always high quality (I've also read _Dear America Dreams In the Golden Country The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl_, another entry in the Dear America series)and this book is no exception. She takes her protagonist, named Remember Patience Whipple (thankfully nicknamed Mem, though I think I'd have chosen Pat) from a harrowing voyage on the Mayflower to the so-called first Thanksgiving (possibly first for the Europeans, but surely not for the Wampanoag ...more
Jennifer Mallory
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.

Kaetlyn
A girl, her mom, and her dad are going on the Mayflower on journey to the New World. The New World is America. A lot of people died on the way. When they were almost there, Remember's mom got sick. So they built a small house so her mom could get better.

I like that I got to read from a diary of a little girl on the Mayflower.
Kyra
The diary of Remember Patience Whipple is about when the pilgrim (Like Remember) sail on the Mayflower back in 1620. I had pretty high expectations for this book, and this book didn't meet to those expectations. I loved how in the epilogue, all the characters and Remembers diary really tie together. But for my honest opinion, I wouldn't recommend this book if you wanted to learn more about the pilgrims. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? How the Indians helped the pilgrims? I was so confused and ...more
Michelle Ault
This historical fiction book is based off the real journal of 12 year old Mem and the first-hand experience the author had a sea. It is set during the time that the Pilgrims sailed to America to escape religious and political persecution. It is a collection of journal entries written about the terrible voyage to the new world on the Mayflower in 1620 and the subsequent life in the untamed wilderness in 1621. It effortlessly and easily explains the history from a child’s viewpoint. Mem writes ab ...more
Drucilla
There are some interesting facts sprinkled throughout, but, on the whole, it was rather boring. And I know it's for kids, but it also felt a little white-washed.
Liz
The Dear America series is a great way to introduce tweens to American history by telling about famous points in history by way of a young girls' diaries. This entry is one of the earlier ones.

Remember Patience Whipple (Mem) is a child, one of the 102 Pilgrims on board the Mayflower heading to America. It begins on the Mayflower and ends several months after they've landed.

This isn't an indepth exploration of the Pilgrims via fiction. Everything is told through Mem's eyes which don't see everyth
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Anna
I've always loved reading these diary books. They give a lot of historical information behind the fun fictional plot. These books make history interesting, where it normally wouldn't be for me. These books made me love historical ficiton.

Not a favourite, but worth the read. I liked following the journal from ship to land and beyond - it made a wonderful plot. Loved reading about the interaction between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, and the first Thanksgiving. It's nice to read about the
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Lizzette Armendariz
This is a book of dairies written by a young gal on her voyage to a New world. In the diary the young girl convey many experiences and emotions. This would be a good book for young children to read so that they can have an idea of what those times were liked. The vocabulary in the reading is basic. On the other hand her diary is realistic. Although I've mentioned that here vocabulary is basic it is sophisticated because back then children were taught a different level of English. Realism books a ...more
Hollie
I think this is a child's book but it is a very good book for learning all about the Pilgrims moving to America.

It is the story of Remember "Mem" Whipple and her journey to the New World with her friend Humility "Hummy". This is a really good story, very sad at times but also with some happy thing happening.

I'm not sure whether this is actually a true story or just made to come across as a true story, but at the end of the book there is a piece about what Remember did later on in her life and al
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Linda
I liked this book, "A Journey to the New World, A Diary of Remember Patience Whipple," by Kathryn Lasky. I'm not sure how historically correct it was, but the story was sweet and stirred in me an interest to relearn about the Pilgrims and the Mayflower. I will read more of this series, Dear America.
Rita
The kids and I listened to this on audio cd. We really enjoyed it.
Gemma
Kids really enjoyed this, a nice addition to our history readings
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoo ...more
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