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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
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Hardcover, 244 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
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Emily
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 runaw
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Rebecca
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.

Life follow
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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
Christy
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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 de ...more
Dreamergirl
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
QNPoohBear
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
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Ellie
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Neha
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to The Winter of Red Snow, Abigail Jane Stewart writes about how her family can no longer stay out of the Revolutionary War. Her dad joins the Continental Army and her family become camp followers. Abigail and her family continue to face the hardships as they follow the army and continue to help the Washingtons. This book is filled with excitement and Abigail's front view of the war, soldiers, death, and joy. I would recommend this book to anyone in 5th to 8th grade.
Yapha
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.
Noelle
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.
Alex
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.
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
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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.
Blabby Gabi
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jill
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like to follow a character or story to the very end, no matter what
This book, like many I've read by Kristiana Gregory, is very well researched and full of great historical accounts. I really enjoy stories that can mix fiction with historical facts, and Gregory has a knack for it.

The continuing story of Abigail Stewart starts out strong and engaging and follows her through the end of the war. Toward the middle I started to lose interest as the diary entries become farther apart (sometimes months), and rely too heavily on facts, dates, and historical figures to
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Callie Stillion
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-others
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
Meghan
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dear-america
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
Pamela
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
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Tracy
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
Drucilla
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: dear-america
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
Theresa
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel is the sequel to The Winter of Red Snow and covers the years 1779 to 1781. As the Revolutionary War drags on, Abigail, her mother, and siblings become camp followers when their home in Valley Forge burns down. As they follow the army from Pennsylvania to Yorktown, Virginia, battles and daily camp life are seen through Abby's eyes. Although this is classified as a children's book, the story and historical details also capture an adult's attention. The Epilogue and Historical Notes prov ...more
Angela
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Hannah Renee
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Too much information on the historical things that are happening. Willie asked her to marry him rather out of the blue; where was the romantic lead-up? There was a bit, but hardly any at all. Even during when the character's pregnant, she only mentions it a few times; if I'd been in her place that would have been one of my main subject's! The author did not write very well on Abby's personal life and it felt gappy.
Anna
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-by-myself
This is the second diary that Abigail Jane Stewart writes. Now, her father is in the army and so they follow him and join. Being women they are not allowed to fight, but they mend and cook for the men. You can really see Abby grow up and even in one part she talks about her wedding. This really taught me about the life of a girl at this time.
Susan
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slmta
Abigail Stewart and her family,from the winter of 1779 until 1781,follow the path of her father's Continental Army unit, after their Valley Forge home burns down.
They endure harsh winters and scarce food, little clothing or shelter.
I feel everyone should read a book like this to have the personal perspective of what our freedom really cost.
Christy
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Rochelle
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was nice that for this particular character, the author wrote a continuing diary. It, like the first, just helps the time and troubles of the Revolutionary War come alive through the eyes of a young woman.
Angela Boland
so, I'll give this one four stars, because I'm so happy to see the return of Abigail, and witness her wedding and early pregnancy (yay!). but it was not my favorite book. it read more like a historical narrative of the last years of the war. not terribly interesting for a Dear America book.
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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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