December 15, 2014

Review: A New Beginning: My Journey with Addy

Click here to read some of my thoughts on this series as a whole.

A New Beginning By Denise Lewis Patrick
Available now from American Girl
Review copy

Of all the Beforever books I read, A NEW BEGINNING was by far the best.  It takes you back to 1864, where Addy is a former slave living in the North.  Your character is also a little black girl.  So unlike most of the books, some of the stories in A NEW BEGINNING have actual stakes.

To wit, I really enjoyed the story where the girls are chased by slave catchers.  It demonstrates the danger of the time while still being appropriate for a younger reader.  Most of the other storylines are less harrowing, although they do contain interesting historical information.  There are less storylines than most of the other books, but the focus is on quality over quantity.

If you're looking to pick up one of the American Girl CYOA books, this is the one I recommend.


  1. My daughter is studying slavery in school. It's helpful to have novels that relate to real history.

    1. It is indeed. I remember reading House of Dies Drear in elementary.


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