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Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1779 (Dear America)

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Kristiana Gregory returns with a stunning new sequel to the bestselling Dear America title THE WINTER OF RED SNOW!
Abigail Jane Stewart returns in this brand-new sequel to THE WINTER OF RED SNOW. The Revolutionary War toils on, but the Stewart family can no longer avoid getting involved. Abby's father joins the Continental Army, while Abby, her mother, and her siblings bec...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
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In this sequel to The Winter of Red Snow, Abigail Jane Stewart continues her diary in January 1779. Her father has recently joined the army and she is worried about him. Then her family's home burns down, and they have trouble finding a place to stay because most of their relatives moved away during the British occupation of Philadelphia. While her older sister remains in Philadelphia, Abby, her younger brother and sister, and their mother join the Continental Army as camp followers.

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Kelsey Hanson
Once upon a time in the early nineties I read MANY of the Dear America series books. One of them was the Winter of Red Snow. Recently, I discovered that there was a sequel for this novel released in 2011 when I was about 22 years old. I am now 25 and I still have a lot of love for this series. Even though they are designed for kids they give a lot of insight on what day to day life must have been like for the different people (mostly young ladies) in different time periods. I still love historic...more
Think diaries are boring? Wait until you read this! I loved this book to the core. I was amazed by what a girl of only 13-15 went through but I was even more amazed by how Kristiana Gregory handled the diary format, very believably (better than most other books in a diary format did). I have already read a different diary novel by this author (Cleopatra-Daughter Of The Nile) but haven't liked it nearly as much as I liked this book and I thought that was great! The way she wrote this was just rea...more
Margo Tanenbaum
As part of their relaunch of their hugely successful Dear America series, Scholastic has published a sequel to one of the earlier diaries in the series, The Winter of Red Snow, published in 1996. Two years have past since Abigail chronicled the despair and misery of the terrible Valley Forge winter of 1777-78, but the war still drags on, now nearly four years old. Her father is camped with Washington's main army in New Jersey when Abby and her family are forced to flee their home after a fire de...more
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Callie Stillion
I liked the first book, The Winter of Red Snow, a little more than I did this one. Abigail`s Father has joined the army, and a ship is moving Abby`s family to his ground. Every year something bad happens to their family, or a close friend`s family. As the war rages on, Abigail and her family find a way to survive. From the first point of camp, the Little Liberty takes them. Everyone knows that they have to find shelter, fast, because Abigail`s house has been burnt down. Ending up in the camping...more
I do love the Dear America books and this one is no exception. It picks up in the second half of the Revolutionary War and we see how every day families are effected by the war around them. I would love to read a third book about Abby, to see more about her life after the war.
Apr 20, 2011 Alex marked it as to-read
The Winter of Red Snow was one of my favorite Dear America books so naturally I was excited to read there is going to be a sequel! What an ugly cover, though.
Endor Solo
I loved reading the first ever sequel in the Dear America series! It was a very good continuation of Abby Stewart's life.
Ties in very well with the first book. (DUH!) I know its supposed to but I'm just saying that I think that it ties in very well.

This story picks up six months after The Winter of the Red Snow in 1779 with Abby and her family living in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Her papa has joined the Continental Army to fight for freedom. He's a cobbler by trade and no longer young. Abby worries for his safety. When their home is burned in a terrible accident, the Stewart women and children have no choice but to leave Valley Forge and travel Philadelphia to be with family. The journey is difficult and dangerous and the Stewarts do not...more
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Cannons at Dawn by Kristiana Gregory is the second diary of The Winter of the Red Snow‘s Abigail Stewart, and the first sequel in the Dear America series. The story continues not long after Abigail’s first diary ends, still in the middle of the Revolutionary War. As we learn in the opening pages, Abigail’s father, the cobbler, has joined the Patriot army and leaves for war. However, almost immediately after his parting, the Stewarts’ house burns down, causing the fa...more
I was a bit concerned when I first found out that The Winter of Red Snow was getting a sequel because oftentimes sequel en'tar as good as the first. I did not feel like that was a problem for this story once I read it. The Revolutionary War is such a broad topic that many books can be written about it without being repetitive. Also, having a character whom readers are familiar with adds to the story because you already know them well and can understand them. While many other Dear America's shoul...more
I own the first Abigail Jane Stewart Dear America diary, and I remember reading it over and over when I was in middle school. I was excited to notice this sequel on the library shelf, so of course, I had to check it out.

I'd hope that my being older doesn't make me jaded. The one thing that irked me the most was how many people got lost/left behind/killed off, and the main character didn't really seem to mind. There were occasional comments like, "Oh, I miss her so!" or "I am guilty" or what-have...more
While the first book in this series isn't bad, I loved its sequel so much more.Abby and her family are forced to follow the Continental Army after their home burns down in Valley Forge. It the mist of the chaos and confusion of the Revolutionary War Abby matures from a twelve year old girl to a married woman of 15. I loved that the story took place during all the major points of the war. We get to see Mary Washington, Benedict Arnold, the Wick farm, Williamsburg, Newburgh, and finally the end of...more
I felt much better about the epilogue of the previous book after reading this one. It doesn't seem so random/sudden. I liked that this book focused on the civilians that followed the army. Having the families of soldiers march with them on the war front is unthinkable today so it was interesting to see what life was like for those civilians. (view spoiler)...more
Mar 12, 2013 Angela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls 8+
Another of my favorites from the Dear America series! Abigail Jane Stewart returns in this, her second diary. This diary actually covers a span of over 2 1/2 years, from the time she was thirteen until the time she was fifteen. This time, Abigail is following the American Continental Army, for her father has become a soldier. She meets another soldier, a young man a few years older than her, and romance blossoms - but nothing about the romance is inappropriate. Abigail is an inspiring girl, who,...more
Sep 05, 2014 Leslie added it
it was amazing all i have to say is you need to read it
This book made me have mixed feeling about because it switched sad to scary scary to sad then sad sad scary scary then sad again and then happy then sad then romantic then happy! It gets confusing as it goes. But I think you should read it!
Cindy Noonan
It was an eye-opener learning how young families followed their soldier husbands and cooked, cleaned, and cared for these men as they endured dwindling food supplies and poor shelter during the Revolutionary War.
Ariel Marie
Aug 26, 2012 Ariel Marie marked it as to-read
No way! The first one was my favorite Dear America book, but I also live close to Valley Forge so it was a great read because of that, too.
I could tell from the back that the author wanted to portray the book as exciting, but it lacked endearing characters and emotions. It was ok.
Sara G.
Amazing as the first one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rather neat to see a sequel to one of these diaries. Abigail is an enjoyable YA character.
I tried 2 separate times to read this book and for some reason I just could not get into it!
Jan 25, 2013 Hailey added it
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sheila Read
I read this when I was a kid but can't remember what it's about.
Maureen G
this was my favorite book from all the dear americas
Hannah Kinnon
Love love love love love this sequel!!! It was so good!
Amriel Bovat
i love it! i think it is really amazing.:)
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Kristiana Gregory grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the ocean. She's always loved to make up stories [ask her family!], telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed and shivering. Her first rejection letter at age ten was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operat...more
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