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A Dear America

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The Diary of Hattie Campbell Part 1:
Manifesting Destiny

Dear Diary, 

We took a nice long break but we're back with another season and a new book! This week we're reading the first half of Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell. It was written by Kristiana Gregory and it was published in 1997. This marks our first repeat author! 

In the book, we are introduced to Hattie Campbell, a young girl traveling the Oregon Trail with her family. Hattie learns many valuable lessons during her journey, including overcoming prejudice and the importance of caring for community.

We're excited to be back!

Yours Truly, 

Cate and Jen

Old Books

   The Show

Welcome to The Ribbon Book Club! We are Cate Reed and Jen Vos, two friends who built bonded over a shared passion for history and stories. We began podcasting together in 2016, and in 2022 decided to launch our new venture, The Ribbon Book Club: A Dear America Podcast.

The Dear America book series was a popular young-reader series from Scholastic in the late 1990s-2000s. Each book was written like a diary, from the perspective of a young girl at different points in American history. The series has had a lasting effect on many history lovers. 


We want to honor the importance of young adult historical fiction by revisiting this beloved book series, learning more about the history behind the stories, and talking to experts in the field. Through our podcast, we hope to introduce the Dear America book series to a new audience and provide an engaging and educational experience for young adults.

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Cate Reed


Jen Vos


Cate is a former museum educator and loving mother to her dog, Gambit. She is passionate about literacy, cooking, history, and Jim Henson. Other interests include letter writing and the Ice Age. 

Jen is a museum curator turned archivist. She spends most of her time thinking about D&D and planning murder mysteries for her friends. She has a deep love for her three-legged cat, Artemis. 

Danny Heck


Danny is a film graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong lover of nature, storytelling, the weird, and the wonderful. Everything he does, he does in service of his beloved kitty cat Princess.

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