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Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson is the thirty-second entry in the Dear America series by Scholastic. It was written by Ann Turner and was her second book for the series. The book was published in April 2003 and was followed by All the Stars in the Sky by Megan McDonald.


"This book is lovingly dedicated to my husband, Rick, and my two children, Ben and Charlotte. They endured with me while I wrote and revised and polished and sweated."

Book description[]

"October 13, 1774
The news was about the Patriots signing something... which declares that the people of our colony do not owe allegiance to our king any longer. It is true that he took away our charter, but that was in punishment for dumping that foolish tea. Now people say they will not pay taxes, and they will arm themselves.
All I know is this: We have always been loyal to the king and shall remain so. Papa says, why should we change now? He says it would be like crossing the rive in a boat, and deciding halfway across to swim on the back of a horse. We are in this boat, this king's boat, an will stay in it....



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Love Thy Neighbor characters


Main article: Ann Turner


"I want to give special thanks to the many people who helped me in my research for Love Thy Neighbor:
Mrs Elise Feeley, Reference Librarian at Forbes Library, who went out of her way to get facts about schools for girls, language, the celebration of Christmas, and stage travel in 1774.
Ms. Ann Lanning, Associate Curator for Interpretation of Historic Deefield, who graciously answered my many questions about details of everyday life and husbandry.
Ms. Susan McGowan, interpreter, and other staff at Historic Deerfield who conducted an open hearth cooking demonstration.
Ms. Frances Karttunen, from the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library Museum, who helped gather facts about boat travel during 1775 and the emigration of Tories to Nantucket.
Tom Kelleher, Research Historian, and Christie Higginbottom, Project Coordinator, at Old Sturbridge Village.
Cary Antil, friend, who gave me information about old apple varieties.
This book could not have been written without your help.


  • The portrait on the cover is a detail from an 1829 portrait of Marianne Beckett by Anna Claypoole Peale. The background is a reversed detail from a 1775 etching by Amos Doolittle depicting the Battle of Lexington.[2][3][4]


See also[]

Dear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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