Dear America Wiki
Dear America Wiki

Highway Girl: An English Girl's Diary is the thirty-ninth entry in the My Story series by Scholastic UK. The book is Valerie Wilding's fourth for the series. It first was published in January 2009 and later reissued in June 2015 with new cover art. The book was followed by Sophie's Secret War by Jill Atkins.


"For Ed and Sue, for all the fun...
Thank you, please!

Book description[]

"It's 1670. When Susannah and her brother are orphaned she is forced to live on the charity of distant relations in England while he seeks his fortune in America. But when news arrives that her brother is dangerously ill Susannah will stop at nothing to get the money she desperately needs to save his life..."

""That's it, Susannah. I've sold everything. The Makepeace family—what's left of us—must shift the best they can."
It's 1670, and when Susannah and her brother, Dominic, are left orphaned and in debt, they do the only thing they can think of and run away. While Susannah must live on the charity of distant relations her brother seeks his fortune in America. But when she discover that her brother has fallen dangerously ill, will Susannah have the courage to risk everything? Will she be able to help save Dominic's life?


Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Highway Girl characters


Main article: Valerie Wilding

Valerie Wilding is a British children's author who penned six books for My Story. Highway Girl is her fourth book for the series. Her other titles include Bloody Tower, The Queen's Spies, Road to War, No Way Back, and Wartime Princess. While researching Highway Girl, Wilding visited Devon where her father had been born.[2]



  • Richard Jones illustrated Susannah on the cover of the first edition of Highway Girl.
  • The cover of the second edition uses a photograph taken by Jeff Cottenden.


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!