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

(Dear America)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  909 ratings  ·  73 reviews
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
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
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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 ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really great follow-up to Winter of the Red Snow--which was one of my favorite Dear America books back in the day! In this one, Abby and her family camp along with the Continental Army through the last years of the Revolutionary War. There is some light romance, as the characters are getting older. Definitely geared toward the older readers of the series.

This book tackled more than one issue of the time, and appeared to be extremely well-researched, as well as detailed. Slavery (including
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.

Alyssa Thomas
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I love this book! It has been a favorite of mine for many years. This must have been at the least the fourth or fifth time I have read this book, and still I am in love with the characters. There is just one thing I wish I could have seen: Elisabeth’s reaction to Abby carrying a child.
I love Abby as a character. Gregory portrayed her so well, showing her as she grew up and matured, and married. It’s an all around wonderful book that I think every girl should read, if not everyone.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This Dear America was a little more romantic than the previous ones I've read and a little too neatly wrapped up in the end I think. Considering the time period and the war going on and children and wives moving from camp to camp with sickness and hunger I expected more sadness and despair. I just found it hard to believe everyone was spared. I somehow didn't quite connect; but it was good.
Margo Tanenbaum
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...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 ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved reading the first ever sequel in the Dear America series! It was a very good continuation of Abby Stewart's life.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a rare occurrence for the Dear America series this is a sequel of sorts. The first we read about the characters are in the Winter of Red Snow. This one Cannons at dawn take place the year after the last left off. Usually you have to be content with the epilogue.

In this one we get to see Abby grow into a young woman and fall in love. There are realities here that show life for young girls back in 1779 were different than now.

We get to see the the Patriots in hardships and glory. We learn
Ashley B.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love how this book is set up as diary entries. This makes the story very personal and there are many human feelings that are discussed. Since the book is written in sequential order, readers can follow along with the time line and if an event sparks their interest, research is made a little easier. This book follows the Stewart family as they become involved with the Revolutionary War. The events are true and learning about them is fun because the reader gets to see how it directly impacted a ...more
Jeni Enjaian
I found this book to be an average read on all fronts. I suppose that I might have engaged more in the book had it been less than six or seven years since I last read the first book. I have no memories of that first book so the events of this book formed a completely separate narrative with frequent references to the events of the previous book.
Although many of the "Dear America" series engage readers using the diary format, this book felt flat, its protagonist rote and uninteresting. The
Samantha Quinones
The Dear America series is for children between the ages of eight and twelve. I enjoyed them as a child and am now rereading them as an adult because I still enjoy historical fiction. However, the narrator of this book is a girl between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. This is an awkward age to write from during the colonial era because of child marriage. Halfway through the book, the narrator marries a soldier and becomes pregnant! The details are vague but uncomfortable to read about, both ...more
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Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hello, old friend. Once again, Abigail and I meet again during the Revolutionary War. (one of my latest interests in historical fiction) The reunion was bittersweet because I love seeing Abigail become more mature in the sequel, yet I’m sad to see her grow up so fast. At least, I can read my two Dear America books about her again next year.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second diary of Abigail Stewart and continues the story.This time her father has join up with the army.The family losses their home and they end up following the Dad as the Army moves.NNVery interesting what they go through.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Women and children follow the Washington troops in New York and Pennsylvania.
Cathy Daniel
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book! I'm so sad there's not a 3rd about this family. I'm going to miss them:(
Blabby Gabi
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Better and longer than the first one. Less formulaic and spans more time than previous.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book ever I loved it so much I read it five times
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved that there was a second diary of Abigail's! This was an amazing sequel. It is one of the best Dear America books! Highly recommend.
Ellie  Dynek
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd read her first diary, and having read this second journal, I now feel happy knowing that Abigail and her family survived the war and went on to enjoy the freedoms they'd fought so hard for.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books ever
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Cannons at Dawn is part of the reboot of Dear America, where Scholastic revamped the covers and commissioned several new stories. It’s the sequel to The Winter of Red Snow, and as far as I could tell/remember, it accurately recounts the further adventures of Abigail Jane Stewart as told in the epilogue of the first book.

That’s really the main problem with this book—The Winter of Red Snow, and any Dear America book in general, are ill-suited for sequels since each book has an epilogue that tells
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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 ...more

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