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Books in My Name Is America series

  • My Name Is America: The Journal Of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy

    Ann Rinaldi

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., July 1, 2000)
    As an orphan, young Jonathan looks forward to starting life anew and so journeys across the sea on the Mayflower to look for his great opportunity in the new world.
  • My Name Is America: The Journal Of Jesse Smoke, A Cherokee Boy

    Joseph Bruchac

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., June 1, 2001)
    When Jesse Smoke and his family are forced to leave their home, land, and belongings, they must journey west, along with several thousand other Cherokees, on The Trail of Tears.
  • My Name Is America: The Journal Of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, United States Marine Corps

    Ellen Emerson White

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., June 1, 2002)
    The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home.An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. As the marine writes in his journal about his experiences as a soldier, fighting an enemy he can't see, his siter seeks peace. In these gripping installments of DEAR AMERICA and MY NAME IS AMERICA, Ellen Emerson White captures the unique time period when America was at war both in a far-off place, and at home where adults and children alike marched in the streets for peace and freedo. Poignant and comlex, these two characters will give readers glimpse into perhaps the most tumultuous time in modern American history.
  • On This Long Journey, the Journal of Jesse Smoke, a Cherokee Boy, the Trail of Tears, 1838

    Joseph Bruchac

    Paperback (Scholastic Paperbacks, Jan. 7, 2014)
    Critically acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac's exciting JOURNAL OF JESSE SMOKE is now in paperback with a dynamic repackaging!In 1838 in Tennessee, the Cherokee Nation is on the brink of being changed forever as they face the Removal -- being forcibly moved from their homes and land, in part because of a treaty signed by a group of their own people. Sixteen-year-old Jesse Smoke has been studying at the Mission School, but it has been shut down and turned into a fort for the ever-increasing number of soldiers entering the territory. Now Jesse has returned to his home to live with his widowed mother and two younger sisters. All hope lies on the Cherokee chief, John Ross, who is in Washington, D.C., trying to delay the Removal. Then one night, family members are suddenly awakened, dragged from their homes, and brought at gunpoint to a stockade camp. From there, Jesse and his family are forced to march westward on the horrifying Trail of Tears during the long, cold winter months. It's a difficult journey west, and Jesse's not sure if he and his family can survive the journey.
  • My Name Is America: The Journal Of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot

    Barry Denenberg

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., Sept. 1, 1998)
    William, a twelve-year-old orphan, writes of his experiences in pre-Revolutionary War Boston where he joins the cause of the patriots who are opposed to the British rule, in a boy-narrated companion to the Dear America series.
  • The Journal of Finn Reardon: A newsie, New York City, 1899

    Susan Campbell Bartoletti

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., May 1, 2003)
    When his father dies, Finn Reardon must support his family by selling newspapers on the streets of Manhattan, where he finds himself in the middle of the Newsie Strike of 1899.When Finn Reardon's father dies, he decides to support his mother and eight siblings by peddling newspapers on the streets corners of New York City. But when the two biggest newspaper publishers, Hearst and Pulitzer, raise the wholesale price that Finn and his friends pay for the papers they sell, the boys band together and go on strike. Susan Campbell Bartoletti brings humor and wit to this classic David and Goliath struggle between the Newsies and the newspaper publishers.
  • The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier, Virginia, 1863

    Jim Murphy

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., Sept. 1, 1998)
    A sixteen-year-old Union soldier is ordered by his commanding officer to keep a written record of "G" Company during the most brutal year of the Civil War. By the Newbery Honor author of The Great Fire.
  • My Name Is America: The Journal Of Cj Jackson, A Dust Bowl Migrant

    William Durbin

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., April 1, 2002)
    In another compelling entry from criticially-acclaimed author William Durbin, we meet C.J. Jackson, a young farmer whose family is forced to abandon their farm and seek a new life in California.April 10, 1935The dust has been blowing bad for several years in a row now. And with crop failures coming back to back like they have, hundreds of families have lost their farms. A Monday never passes without Sheriff Jake Allison posting a notice of foreclosure at the Boise City courthouse. Times are so rough, that when they hold an auction to sell a place, the only people that show up are the banks and the insurance companies. Nobody else has a nickel.C.J. Jackson is a young man living through one of the most tragic times in the Dust Bowl of an America fraught with political, economic, and environmental problems. In this intense journal of life in the Oklahoma panhandle, C.J. tells it like it is-and it is bad.
  • My Name Is America: The Journal Of Douglas Allen Deeds, Donner Party Expedition, 1846

    Rodman Philbrick

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., Nov. 1, 2001)
    Douglas Deeds, a fifteen-year-old orphan, keeps a journal of his travels by wagon train as a member of the ill-fated Donner Party, which became stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846-47.
  • My Name Is America: The Journal Of Joshua Loper, A Black Cowboy

    Walter Dean Myers

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., April 1, 1999)
    In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss, in an addition to a best-selling series composed by a Newbery Honor-winning author.
  • The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804

    Kathryn Lasky

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., Sept. 1, 2000)
    While on the expedition from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean with the great explorers Lewis and Clark, fourteen-year-old Pelletier writes of his many experiences and the wondrous sites he sees along the way. 75,000 first printing.
  • The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung: A Chinese Miner, California, 1852

    Laurence Yep

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., April 1, 2000)
    A young Chinese boy nicknamed Runt records his experiences in a journal as he travels from southern China to California in 1852 to join his uncle during the Gold Rush.