Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalia de Milagros is a fictional diary in the Dear America series. It was published in April 2001 by Scholastic. The book was written by Sherry Garland, her second in the series after A Line in the Sand.
- "For Tony and Lydia Garcia, muchas gracias, amigos."
- "November 11, 1845
We left before dawn today. I hated to leave Nelly, but my heart is homesick for Rancho Agua Verde. The carts are now filled with American cloth, sugar, flour, dry goods, tools, and furniture for the Medinas' casa grande. By dark, we reached the Sonoma hills and looked down at the beautiful valley. Gregorio says that Sonoma is the Indian word that means "valley of the moon." We are spending the night near a creek. The vaqueros unsaddled their horses and rolled out their blankets in front of campfires. One is playing his guitarra, and another is singing a song of lost love. The music is lovely, and the stars are breathtaking.... I am so glad to be back in my valley of the moon."
- Main article: List of Valley of the Moon characters
- Main article: Sherry Garland
- "I am greatly indebted to Eric Stanley, Directer of Education at the Sonoma County Museum, for generously reading my manuscript for historical accuracy and for making helpful suggestions. Deepest appreciation also goes to Beth Levine for her editing, to Diane Garvey Nesin for her tedious fact-checking, to Zoe Moffitt for the photo research, and to Cristina Costantino for the beautiful cover design. Thanks also go to Tracy Mack for originally suggesting this topic and to Amy Griffin for her editorial support."
- Interview with Sherry Garland about Valley of the Moon at Scholastic
- Valley of the Moon Discussion Guide at Scholastic