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A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence (Dear America)

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In the journal she receives for her twelfth birthday in 1835, Lucinda Lawrence describes the hardships her family and other residents of the "Texas colonies" endure when they decide to face the Mexicans in a fight for their freedom.
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Scholastic Inc.
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Israel Graves
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This book is a part of the classic popular Dear America Series of books! This book is written in diary format through the voice of Lucinda Lawrence a young woman who lived in the Texas colonies during the 1800's. Lucinda's family lived in the colonies during the war for Texan Independance. Each diary entry includes a date and a story of what is happened through the words of Lucinda. Some of the entries are as short as just a few sentences and some are pages long. Through the ent
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Halee
I can seriously rattle off facts about the Alamo after reading this book! And it was enjoyable too. That's an amazing combination. ;-)
Beverly
Ahhh the Alamo...
Ludinda Lawrence was a teen living in Gonzales, Texas. Her father is against war with Mexico, and her oldest brother, Willis, has strong war sentiments. She loses him and 2 of her uncles, at the hands of Santa Anna. We know, the "no quarter" flag went up before fighting began at the Alamo, but few of us realized Santa Anna flew that flag at every Fort. He was bent on killing all Indians, Mexicans, and anyone who could be in rebelllion with Mexico.
Grim Facts:
182 men in Alamo ***
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Beth Robey
I enjoyed this book, but towards the end, all the action occurred in the last fifty pages, where as all that in the middle and beginning? But besides that, a wonderful, adventurous book that made me aware of how hard young girls had to work then.

Please comment if you politely disagree, I will not take offense.
Rebecca
Living in the tiny, remote settlement of Gonzales, Texas, in 1835, pioneer farm girl Lucinda Lawrence has just celebrated her thirteenth birthday. Her father is against war with Mexico - he learned the horrors of war firsthand during the War of 1812. Lucinda's brothers find the idea of war glorious - her oldest brother, Willis, is eager to fight against the oppresive Mexicans. Lucinda's mother just doesn't want to lose anymore children - her youngest, a baby girl, died during the journey from Mi ...more
Ana Mardoll
Line in the Sand (Alamo) / 0-590-39466-5

I own almost all the Dear America books and, until this one, I hadn't read a single one that I didn't instantly love. By every measure, this book is dreadful.

The good news is that there is some history here, which salvages a single star. The author has managed to get historical details right, and in the correct order. I also liked that for awhile the issue is presented as complicated: the author points out that the Mexicans are being aggressive, but the T
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Lauren
This was a really good installment. It had me near in tears close to the end (No, I don't think I'm spoiling anything there; anybody who knows what happened at the Alamo should be able to guess that much). Characters were very enjoyable, and there was great dramatic tension throughout. In fact, if I had any one particular complaint about this book, it's that it's maybe a little too polished. A little too much description and direct dialogue that makes it a little tricky to hold suspension of dis ...more
Sarah Locke
This is the book that got me started on the Dear America books. I absolutely loved reading it when I was younger. The introduction to history that all of the Dear America books provide is fantastic for young readers that enjoy history too.
Gracie
I never read the Dear America books in school, but I always wanted to. I could definitely see using this diary style book in fourth or fifth grade as a genre section and then writing diary entries based on it.
Rebecca Rash
Didn't really enjoy the writing style of this book - and a more interesting main character could have been chosen. But with every book, there is good even amongst the bad, and I would still recommend reading if one has the time and the notion.
Sophie
This book was certainly interesting from both a fictional and historical perspective. The story was a bit dull at times but never too boring.
Tenille Shade
This is probably my all time favorite read-aloud for 4th graders. I have read it to my students for the last 9 years, and I cry every time we find out that Willis and Uncle Issac die in the Alamo. The scene during the Runaway Scrape is powerfully written. The students have a very clear picture of what life was like during the Texas Revolution, and I think the novel does a beautiful job helping build background knowledge about pioneer life. The kids learn about dogtrots, chamber pots, hog-killing ...more
♥Robin ♥
I was a little disappointed in this book and so far has been my least favorite of this series. I love books written in the diary format but the author clearly doesn't know how to write in this format. Needless to say the writing was really bad. The characters are poorly developed and the plot is seriously lacking. The other thing that I didn't care for was the racism :( The only thing that saves the book is the history. Highly NOT recommended. Compared to the other books in this series, this one ...more
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Alicia
good story.
Sonja
Good and interesting book.
Molly
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Musiquedevie
A wonderfully written and informative look into life in Texas during the battle of the Alamo. I didn't learn much about this time period in school so it was a great lesson. I loved the Lawrence family and Lucinda was a great and relatable character. Halfway through the book I couldn't put it down until I finished it; the writing was vivid and brought the battle to life that I had to see it to the end! Definitely in my top 3 favorites in this great 'Dear America' series!
Anna
what i think about this book is that you can really understand it if you really read it.sometimes in social studies we learn about william B. Travis in class and my teacher thinks that he is so brave and she concludes if he was still alive she would marrie him and have a great future. i know right my teacher is crazy but she is a great teacher fun and without a word wonderful and i will never forget that 4th grade teacher.
Amanda
This was a very good book. I can't remember every detail, but it is a good book.

I Love this book it is the best! I read this book in fifth grade, I absolutely loved it. I want to reread it but have not found it since I read it in fifth grade. I recommend it to everyone that is in fifth grade or higher. That’s all for now.
Sebastian
The book is a historical fiction account of the fall of the Alamo. It is from the point of view of a girl named Lucinda Lawrence. She goes through everyday things like being excited about a new set of pencils.
It's a good book to have in the southwest cause it gives a historical look at the area.
Angela
Mar 15, 2013 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls 8+
This book was really neat - I learned more about the events surrounding the Alamo, as well as Texas Geography. It was also really neat to get to look at it all through a young girl's eyes. However, I did think the whole thing about kissing was a little ridiculous.
Chelsea
A fictional story of a little girl with close ties to the battle of the Alamo. The author tells the story in the way a little girl can relate. Very interesting and engaging! I love that they include the true facts about the battle of the Alamo at the end.
Laura
Since I'm not from Texas I don't really know anything about Texas history. This book helped me understand a lot more about Texas and why they have the ability to leave the United States. What a sad tale. It was a fine book in the series, though.
Betty :3 (ibeacupcakekiller)
About a girl who lived in the Alamo.
THE LINE IN THE SAND is when the needed people to fight. They drew a line in the sand, if you would help you would step over the line, everyone stepped over but one man. Good for projects.
Klymene
This was a decent read, perfect for children that are trying to move from chapter books to novels. Lucy is a great main character, despite the fact that she seems very far removed from the action going on in the novel.
Nicole
The book did a wonderful job in protraying the aftermath of the Battle of the Alamo. The last twenty or so pages were heartwrenching (and quite brutal given the fact that this is a children's book).
Spottedbreath Smith
I absolutely loved this book. It follows the Gonzales Texas diary of Lucinda Lawrence, a girl with 2 older brothers, one younger brother, a mama and papa, and a whole lotta heart.
Meghan
All the action going on around Lucinda kept the plot fresh and exciting. The characters were easy to connect to and I could feel what Lucinda was feeling throughout.
Emily
This book was pretty damn sad, to be honest. Her older brother, her uncles, and her crush all die. Of course, being at the Alamo, of course everyone dies.
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