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A Fine Start: Meg's Diary, Book Three is a fictional diary written by Kate McMullan. It sixteenth book in the My America series and the last to feature Meg Wells as the lead character. The book was published in August 2003 by Scholastic and was preceded by For This Land.


"For Judith M. Sweets, with enormous gratitude"

Book description[]

"Kansas, 1856
Meg's story continues...

In Book One, Meg and her brother escape the St. Louis cholera epidemic and flee to the Kansas prairie. In Book Two, Meg's family is reunited on the prairie, but their new life is endangered by the invading Border Ruffians trying to make Kansas a slave state. Now, the Wellses desperately try to return to a calmer life, and Meg longs to go to school. But first she must brave the final obstacles of life on the prairie.


Historical Note[]


Main article: List of characters in Meg's Diaries


Main article: Kate McMullan


"The author would like to thank her editors, Beth S. Levine and Lisa Sandell, for their encouragement and inspiration. She would also like to thank Judith M. Sweets of the Douglas County Historical Society, Lawrence, Kansas, whose felicitous research provided the author with so many wonderful voices of the brave and hopeful K.T. settlers, especially the charming thirteen-year-old Maggie Harrington, who kept a journal in 1867."


  • Glenn Harrington illustrated the portrait of Meg featured on the cover.[2]


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