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Journey to Gonzales (Mr. Barrington's Mysterious Trunk #3)

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Nick is on a mission. Deeply troubled by the loss of a young friend at the Battle of San Jacinto, he wants desperately to return to the scene of the battle—to alter history. But when he furtively opens the mysterious trunk, now in Mr. Barrington’s attic, he is transported instead to Gonzales, Texas, in 1835. There he meets many historical characters, including the young Al ...more
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Texas Tech University Press (first published March 6th 2008)
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Jan 23, 2013 Emma-Jean rated it really liked it
‘Journey to Gonzales’ is a great book! Ever since Nick Taylor has gotten back from the past in the book ‘Journey to San Jacinto’ he has been greatly troubled from the loss of his friend Diego. He is determined to make sure that he doesn’t die. So when Nick opens Mr. Barrington’s trunk, he travels back in time to the Battle of Gonzales. Nick is on a desperate search for Diego. On the other hand, Hannah Taylor (Nick’s younger sister) and her best friend Jackie Montalvo are determined to go back in ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok
In Melodie A. Cuate's Journey to Gonzales, Hannah, her brother Nick, and her friend Jackie open Mr. Barrington's, the history teacher, somewhat infamous trunk and they are sucked into yet another time travel adventure. They find themselves in Gonzales, Texas, 1835, and know that their history lesson for the day is going to be about the Battle of Gonzales. Nick wanted to save an ill-fated friend from the previous time-travel journey, and the girls failed to keep Nick in the present. The kids mus ...more
Jonathan H.
Feb 02, 2013 Jonathan H. rated it did not like it
Hannah Taylor, her friend Jackie, and her brother Nick are caught in some weird things. They keep getting transported back into the Texas Revolution by their teacher's mysterious trunk. After they were transported to San Jacinto, Nick made a friend, Diego who was killed in the battle. Now, Nick needs to go back in time to try to save Diego's life. Nick, Hannah, and Jackie are transported to Gonzales, Texas, right before the Mexican army arrives to take the cannon. Trying to find their way aroun ...more
Jan 27, 2013 M.bigler rated it it was ok
Journey to Gonazales is the third book in the series Melodie A. Curate where Nick and Jackie and their friend Hannah are sent back into time as Nick is trying to rescue an old friend from a previous time travel. Diego was injured in a battle. Nick attempts to travel back in time to change the outcome for his friend but ends up in a different time period. Nick, his sister, and her friend learn about interesting parts of the Battle of Gonzales like how the Come and Take It flag was made and buryin ...more
Kailey M.
Jan 22, 2013 Kailey M. rated it really liked it
I loved this book in the series as much as I loved the first one I read. The author is awesome because she has figured out a way to teach students about Texas History and make it fun and interesting. She mixes facts, legends, myths, and fantasy's in all of her stories. They could be classified as historical fiction, or science fiction or even a good old-fashioned mystery! Instead of the standard dull and boring history lessons these books are exciting and they get better with every page you turn ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Lukav rated it did not like it
Journey to Gonzales by Melodie A. Cuate is a book about how a brother and sister with a friend of the sister go back in time to the Battle of Gonzales. At first, the sister and her friend are caught on the Mexican side, however, later their release is secured so they can join their fellow time traveler. During their trip, they desperately search for a trunk that will take them back to their own time.

Journey to Gonzales is the third book in a series of five(as of the time of my writing). I woul
Jennifer Yan
Sep 20, 2016 Jennifer Yan rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7th-grade
This is the book after Journey to San Jacinto. Hannah, Nick, and Jackie return in this book and go back in time to the Battle of Gonzales, the first war that began the Texas Revolution (and also where the "Come and Take It" sign was held). There was some good information and historical facts, but overall, it was too kiddish for my age, and got boring at many spots. I would recommend this to younger readers (ages 7-9).
Jan 22, 2013 Zach rated it it was ok
I gave this book a two because it is an okay book for learning about the Texas revolution but as far as a free read just for fun I would not read this on my own. I say this because there was no true action, all of this was just about there time there and right when the battle began they returned. If you are trying to study for a test on Texas revolution this book is a good reference but not a book I would personally read in my free time.
Sep 08, 2016 RithikaD rated it liked it
The JOurney to Gonzales was overall a good book. It was a little funny, and it included time-travel. What I enjoyed was that they fit history into an entertaining book. This book was interesting and updated my Texas history. I enjoyed this book, but it can get boring a times which is why I rate this 3 stars.
Mar 19, 2016 M rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-texas
A historical fiction narrative of the first battle of the Texas Rebellion. I am reading this series of books with my 10 year old son as we study the Texas Rebellion together ( as a prelude to visiting all of the battlefields in Texas). The book is very easy to read, but a bit slow. The author could have focused more on the actual historical events for a better reading and for more education.
Lisa M.
Mar 22, 2016 Lisa M. rated it liked it
This is the 3rd book of the series and my son's favorite so far. He liked that there were more funny moments in it than the other books and a few more interesting characters too. This series is definitely helping to increase his interest in history!
Jan 25, 2013 Aiden added it
Journey to Gonzales is the 3rd book in the series. In this book, Hannah, Jackie, and Nick get sent to Gonzales to try and save Diego and the general from dying in the battle of Dan jacinto. Will they find them and save them? Read this book to find out.
Ryen S.
Journey to Gonzales by Melodie A. Cuate was an interesting book, but not in the best way. For a assigned book for history class I think it would be more fit for the 4th grade not the 7th grade.
Jadd H
Sep 27, 2016 Jadd H rated it really liked it
Journey to Gonzales was a great read for Texas history! It is better than the second one and a great read that you will check out!
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