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A Journey to the New World (Dear America)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  6,741 Ratings  ·  211 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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Zoe Chun In this book, not much changes. Many pages focus on small things that do not get mentioned later on. The main character complains a lot about her…moreIn this book, not much changes. Many pages focus on small things that do not get mentioned later on. The main character complains a lot about her surroundings and her fellow pilgrims. 5th graders may find it uninteresting to read about a girl who has a very steady life.(less)
Krissy Aleman 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
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
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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Jerry
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad this book includes the religious reasons behind the founding of the Plymouth colony, and presents the Christian faith in a positive light.

However, too much wasted space, excessive repetition, and journal entries that really didn't say anything messed this up for me. I've read better entries in this series than this mess.
Brooke
I learned to read when I was very young. I came to kindergarten reading well enough that I was in a top group by myself. By second grade I was at and eighth-grade level. And I loved to read. By second grade I wanted to read instead of play during recess (though no teacher would let me until third grade). I would go to the library nearly every day and get a new Dear America book and return the one I had read the day before. I was much too young to understand a lot of what was happening, and I pro ...more
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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Vanessa
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super nostalgic to go back and read a Dear America book, since these WERE my childhood haha.
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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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
Jessica
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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
Megan
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kyra
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tarissa
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fictional diary tells the story of a girl named "Remember Patience Whipple" (known as "Mem"). Her family is traveling on the Mayflower to the New World in 1620. It's quite a voyage lasting for weeks--Once they arrive on the land, they are overwhelmed with questions. They discover that their voyage was only the beginning of the journey. The Pilgrims will have to learn how to live a totally new life like they've never lived before in Europe.

Through the whole book, you can see this historical
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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
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Neha
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book the in the amazing series Dear America. In this book there is a girl named Remember Patience Whipple, Mem, whose family sails to the New World (America). This book describes the troubles and the good parts of the New World. In this diary Mem describes the trip on the May Flower, building new buildings, and the Indians (Native Americans). This book helps explain life in the New World, in would recommend this book to anyone in 5th grade and above.
Audrey Henning
I absolutely loved this book!

It's more geared toward younger teenagers and I'm almost 23, but it was very descriptive and took you right back to that time period! I read this during my lunch hour at work one day and even though the break room was super noisy at work, I was still completely sucked into this book.

It reads very quick, so it's a great book to read if you'd like to know what it was like sailing on the Mayflower and settling at Plymouth Rock.
♥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 :)
Kelsey Hanson
This book was good but definitely had some sad parts. It doesn't shy away from the hardships, sickness and death that the pilgrims faced. I do admire that both the Dear America series and My Name is America books covering this topic have included the names of actual pilgrims who traveled on the Mayflower including Will Butten, Miles Standish, Priscilla Mullin and John Alden.
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
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
Alex
"A Journey to a New World" is a children's book, sort of. It seemed a little weird to me and I almost dropped the rating by a star, but then I remembered the other books that the author had written... the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series like The Capture. I read several books of that series and realized that the writing style was at the same level and probably for the same audience. I felt better about it then.

The story is a series of diary entries of a young girl, a Puritan Separatist, on the Mayf
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Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
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
...more
Alahna
I remember reading one Dear America book as a child and I remember loving it (it was the one about the transcontinental railroad). I probably did read more than just that one, but it's the only one that has stayed in my memory. So I decided to go back and try and read this series.

I only gave this 2 stars, but that's my own personal opinion of the book and I was of course comparing it to the one I actually remember. Despite the 2 star rating, I think these are a great introduction to American his
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Kathy
Mar 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-grades
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
Eric Wofford
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Journey to the New World The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple is a very good book. It goes through the life of Remember (Mem) as she is on the Mayflower and for a short time after they land in the New World. She is an English girl from Holland that is going to the New World because the people from Holland are not King James nor the Pope's people, they are God's people. On the voyage, many people pass away due to illnesses. She misses her best friend, but she is looking forward to the New Wor ...more
Courtney
While not my favorite of the Dear America series, I really enjoyed this one. Mem is a likable girl and her voice sounded very believable for a twelve year old girl. I love that Dear America chose to have one of their books feature a pilgrim girl because the pilgrims' journey on the Mayflower is an essential part of American history despite the fact that it happened some 150 years before America was founded.

The best part of this book of this book is the beginning when Mem and her family are still
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Caitlyn
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-classroom
This book was wonderful for my students to hear aloud and get a taste of the time period. The accuracy of the facts within the storyline written as journal entries is wonderful. As my students studied the 17th century exploration of Europeans over to America, they made so many connections between nonfiction texts they read and this story. Kathryn Lasky uses true characters and events within her story, all while weaving in a fictional plot to help the reader understand the everyday life of a pilg ...more
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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 was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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