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on 31 July 2005
This book was originally published as "A Journey to the New World" in the Dear America series, diaries of fictional young girls during different events in American history. This book tells the story of a young Pilgrim girl.
Remember Patience Whipple, called Mem, is a bit frightened at the thought of the New World her family is sailing to on the Mayflower. She hears tales of strange "feathered people" who will attack the settlers. But she has more immediate concerns - the dreadful Billington boys, who mercilessly tease Mem and her friend Hummy, the ever present seasickness, and the daily boredom during the long, tedious sea voyage. But once she arrives in the New World, things become even worse. During the long, cold first winter at Plymouth, many settlers become sick and die. Mem is frightened that her family might be next. When spring comes, she thinks they are safe - until her mother falls ill and dies. Can Mem find the strength and courage to go on without her mother? And can she come to accept her future stepmother, quiet, sad Mistress Potts?
What I liked best about this book is that it told what a young girl who sailed on the Mayflower and lived at Plymouth Colony might have thought and done. In making the main character a young girl, the author brought the history to life, and I really like the fictional diary format used in this series - it makes you feel really close to the characters. I'd definitely recommend this book to young readers who enjoy historical fiction.
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on 15 November 2014
On the 9th of Novenber The Mayflower set sail for the new world, among the passengers were the Saints ( Pilgrims ) a people persecuted in England for their religious beliefs. This book is based on the diary of Remember Patience Whipple, the voyage was long with many deaths through illness, eventually reaching the New World in approaching winter it was extremely difficult to get some sort of housing and food sorted out and the first winter again brought many deaths, the colony losing about half its number. After making contact with some of the local indians, Samoset, one of the indians came to the colony and helped the colonists by showing what crops grew best etc, with his knowledge of the local tribes a peace treaty was formed and they learned to live side by side, one of the better My Story books and an interesting read.
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on 5 October 2008
remember patience whipple,called mem by her friend is a young pilgrim girl, sailing to the new world, on the ship mayflowerher diary tells a story of sickness indians and what it was like saiing on mayflower with her friend humilty sawyer and having to endure the dreadful billington boys being on board the smae ship.

this book is hard to get into but when you do you will never be able to put it down this book was not orignally published in the my story series but in teh dear americe series as journey to a new world.
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on 6 July 2016
Definitely worth a read to begin to empathise with the difficulties of the journey and transition to the New World called America.

Good historical story from the point of view of "Remember," touching, and funny in places which conjours her emotional hardships.
Not especially happy, but certainly worth finding out about the struggle some children had to endure with their families to survive and form the America we know today.
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on 1 October 2008
mem whipple is not protestaint or catholic she is a saint form holland her family is travelling on mayflower to the new world a.k.a america with her frind hummy sawyer, a stranger from england her diary vivadly describes travelling on may flower and the new world.

this book isnt the best my story but it wasnt orignally a my story it was orignaly published in the dear amarica series.
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on 7 March 2013
This book was very good but sad in some places. It was very vivid and showed how hard it was for the Pilgrims to live in a whole new place without any help or back up.
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