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Sally Wister's Journal

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The diary of a young girl during the Revolutionary War. In 1775 Sally Wister was sent to the countryside to avoid harm. This is a delightful historical record of a young girl's life during a perilous and all-important time in American history.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Applewood Books (first published 1902)
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Sarah Brazytis
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This really-truly genuine journal is adorable. Sally Wister is an irresistibly cute Quaker girl who will banish all of your preconceived notions of a Colonial era young lady. She writes her journal 'to' a dear friend she will not see for some time so that Deborah will know exactly how her days passed as officers - handsome, ugly, attractive and otherwise - flit in and out of family life. She is quite artless about herself and her friends being appealing to these young soldiers: "A polite ...more
Timons Esaias
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a slight little memoir by someone who saw no battles, but it is worth reading nonetheless. Sally Wister was a 16-year-old Quaker girl at the time of the Battle of Brandywine in the American Revolution. Her family had residences both in and near Philadelphia, and when the British occupied the city the Wisters moved away, and sent the children even further. Sally stayed in a farmhouse next to a major highway, not far from Wissahickon Creek, which was being used as a potential defensive ...more
Kate H
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sally Wister is a boy-crazy 16-year-old Quaker girl living in Germantown during the Siege of Philadelphia by the British in 1777. British and American soldiers visit and are quartered at her family's summer house. This book is great if you need some insight into dialect of the time or want to hop into the head of a girl not so different from teens of today (she muses on clothes, the cuteness of various soldiers, pranks she pulls, and perhaps most memorably for me and I paraphrase here--"Men, all ...more
Interesting... but the Quaker language is sometimes hard and annoying to read. Lately I have been reading a LOT of true diaries (majorly those of young people and children) and this has been one of the most interesting so far. Sarah Wister (a Quaker) was 16 years old when she wrote her journal in 1777 and 1778, during the Revolutionary War. In her journal, Sally describes her meeting of several American Captains.
Avis Black
Apr 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Although she lived in an interesting period, Wister's writing is atrocious. Avoid this one.
Sophi Frost
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet and endearing little journal which gives an inside look at life of a young lady during the revolution. I enjoyed Sally's descriptions and her wit. Truly a treasure.
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