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Emma's journal : the story of a Colonial girl
Moss, Marissa.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
From 1774 to 1776, Emma describes in her journal her stay in Boston, where she witnesses the British blockade and spies for the American militia. Features hand-printed text, drawings, and marginal notes.
Reading Level:
890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 1.0 32931.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.2 5 Quiz: 20321.
Format :


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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Series
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The year is 1774 and trouble is brewing in Massachusetts. The British army has blockaded Boston and ten-year-old Emma Millar is stuck at Aunt Harmony's house in the city, far from her family. Her only companion is snobbish Thankful Bliss, who denounces the Revolution and treats Emma like a country bumpkin. Emma wants desperately to help the American struggle for freedom.When Papa gives her a secret code the militia uses, Emma finally gets her chance to change the course of history.

Author Notes

Marissa Moss began as an illustrator of children's books. She is the author and illustrator of the Amelia series. She has written and illustrated more than 20 children's books including Amelia's Notebook, which was named a 1997 American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists book. Her other books include Regina's Big Mistake and Knick Knack Paddywack.

My Notebook (with Help from Amelia) also won the 2000 Parent Council Outstanding Award Informational and Oh Boy, Amelia! won the 2001 Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award and the 2002 Children's Choice Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. Like Moss' popular Amelia series, these books in the Young American Voices series are first-person handwritten" accounts told in journal form through words and childlike illustrations. The difference is Amelia is modern day, whereas the American Voices are historical. Emma's Journal records events in Boston from 1774 to 1776 from the point of view of 10-year-old Emma, who has been sent away from the family farm to help her Aunt Harmony and ends up helping the Revolutionary cause. Fresh and readable, the text offers a simple introduction to the times, while colorful, informal little drawings add visual appeal to the hand-lettered pages. The Young American Voices series, which includes Rachel's Journal (1998), will attract Amelia's fans as well children who have read the American Girl books. A prelude to longer, more challenging historical fiction. --Carolyn Phelan

Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Caught in the British blockade of Boston from 1774 to 1776 and separated from her family, young Emma describes the events she witnesses or overhears. While she works at her elderly aunt's boarding house, she meets or hears about such famous figures as Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Dr. Joseph Warren, as well as British General Burgoyne, Governor Gage, and others. The story unfolds with secret messages, spying, snippets of rude songs printed in the margins that are sure to provoke giggles, and Emma's trials with the vain young Tory boarder, Thankful, who is in love with a British soldier. Emma's final entries tell of the reunion with her family and of the stirring reading of the "Proclamation of Independence" in July of 1776. As in Moss's "Amelia" journals (Tricycle) and her Rachel's Journal (Harcourt, 1998), information appears in tiny drawings or souvenir bits "pasted" in the margins. The handwritten text is eye-catching and printed on aged, lined yellow paper. An author's note separates fact from fiction, provides extra information on women spies in the Revolution, and reveals the author's sources. All in all, a seductive introduction to the period, especially for readers who remain neutral to textbook accounts.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.