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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty is a historical fiction book written by Ellen Emerson White. It is the twenty-seventh book in Scholastic's Dear America. It was published in June 2002. White also wrote a companion book, The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, for My Name Is America.


"In honor of all the members of the fire service particularly the heroes of the FDNY."

Book description[]

"January 2, 1968
My New Year's resolution is to
do something....
I'm just not sure how to do it, or even what to do. If I wanted to protest, I could go downtown and stand around Boston Common, holding signs with hippies, any day of the week. But even if I could get around the fact that it would be betraying Patrick, I don't think that really accomplishes anything. I've seen lots of demonstrators—especially over in Harvard Square—and I know I'm not supposed to say this, but it seems like a big waste of time to me.... Besides, the government
knows that lots of people are against the war, and they just keep asking for more troops, anyway."



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Where Have All the Flowers Gone? characters


Main article: Ellen Emerson White

Ellen Emerson White is a writer of children's and young adult fiction. She is known for her The President's Daughter series. White was a young child during the time of the Vietnam War and remembered some events clearly. The September 11 attacks effected the tone of Where Have All the Flowers Gone? more than White would have liked.[2]

Share continuity[]

Main article: The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? is the only Dear America book to have a companion title, The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, in My Name Is America. It is told from the point-of-view of Molly's older brother Patrick. The author completed Patrick's book in August 2001 before Where Have All the Flowers Gone?.[2] Books books were published at the same time.


  • The portrait on the cover is a detail of a photograph of Karen Petrie Medsger provided by Laurie Petrie Roche. The background is a detail of a 1970 photograph by Jeff Albertson depicting a demonstration on Boston Common against the Kent State shootings.[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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