Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (Dear America)
In Greenmarsh, Massachusetts, in 1774, thirteen-year-old Prudence keeps a diary of the troubles she and her family face as Tories surrounded by American patriots at the start of the American Revolution.
Another thing I really liked about this book is that Pru and her family are Loyalists or "Tories." It's extremely rare that you get to read anything about the Revolutionary War from their side, particularly if you live in America (which I do). As my Mom likes to say, "He who wins the war, writes the histo...more
In this unique Dear America diary, author Ann Turner tells the Revolutionary War era story from a Tory’s point of view: that is, from the point of view of a girl and her family who did not want to secede from England and were perfectly happy living under the King’s reign. These people are often viewed as traitors to the American cause, but in fact made up a fair part of the colonists, and were mostly good, average people just like anyone else. Because they did not s...more
When I saw that "Love Thy Neighbor" was out of print, I was a little concerned that the writing quality might not be as high as usual for the Dear America series, but it seems that I need not have worried. Indeed, if there is a reason for the book being out of print now, I suspect it is because most Americans would prefer to hear about the Patriot side of the revolutionary war rather than the Tory side. But "Love Thy Neighbor" is less concerned with presenting th...more
I keep gaining a new sense of satisfaction when I open a new Dear America book.
This book is written from the perspective a young girl growing up in a Tory family during the height of the anti-British fervor. I've never thought about what that perspective would be. I've always grown up thinking that the Patriots were right and the Tories were just sticks in the mud.
The more I read out of Pru's journal, the more I realized that my family, had we been in America at that...more
The Dear America books are easily-accessible historical fiction for young readers, especially girls (the My Name is America books, I've been told, are very similar, only for boys).
Love Thy Neighbor tells the social story behind the Revolutionary War - in other words, the effects the war had on the everyday life of Americans, specifically those dwelling in Greenmarsh, Massachusetts - from the perspective of young Prudence Emerson. Young readers will be amazed at how this series mak...more
It was a good prespective on the Tories. It is true you learn little about them and it is pretty much not possitive. But really our heros in the revolution where radical people and NOT conservatives. I feel like many people today think of the Tories as...more
This one is unique because it's not a side you hear much about: the Tory (loyalist) side prior to the American Revolution. I like "stories untold," so to speak, so this one appealed to me. Goodness knows it was hard enough to get my hands on. Some of these titles are all over the place--the civil war titles in particular--but this one was very hard to find.
I Love this book it is the best! I read this book in fifth grade, I absolutely loved it. I want to reread it but have not found it since I read it in fifth grade. I recommend it to everyone that is in fifth grade or higher. That’s all for now.
Ann Turner wrote her first story when she was eight years old. It was about a dragon and a dwarf named Puckity. She still uses that story when she talks to students about writing, to show them that they too have stories worth telling.
Turner has always loved to write, but at first she was afraid she couldn't make a living doing it. So she trained...more