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Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl (Dear America)

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In acclaimed author Patricia McKissack's latest addition to the Dear America line, Lozette, a French slave, whose masters uproot her and bring her to America, must find her place in the New World.

Arriving with her French masters in upstate New York at the tail end of the French-Indian War, Lozette, "Zettie," an orphaned slave girl, is confronted with new landscapes, new co
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Scholastic Inc.
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I started out thinking this book was ridiculous--it was difficult for me to suspend my disbelief. Now, I'm more than willing to suspend it for good reason or a good story, but the difficulty of the task the two main characters undertook did not match the ease with which is was carried out. (Does that sentence even make sense? Anyway...) Things took a turn for the better when they reached the Colonies. The story became more engaging and believable and I actually enjoyed the last half quite a bit. ...more
Born on a slave ship, Lozette never knew her mother. The Captain gave her a last name, and sold her to a French nobleman, to be a companion for his daughter. Life is good in Provence, France until the oldest Boyer son is killed in the French and Indian War. Youngest son, Pierre, suddenly inherited the family estate, when Papa dies of the heartache of his first born's death. Alas, Pierre, is a rogue. In record time, he acquires such debt, the family home, furnishings, house staff, and servants mu ...more
Twelve-year-old Lozette Moreau, called Zettie, has lived all her life since she was a baby in the French countryside as the companion to Marie-Louise Boyer, called Ree, daughter of a wealthy nobleman. Although she is still considered a slave, as Ree's companion she is treated well, able to read and write, and to speak French, Spanish, and English. But when Ree's father dies and her brother Pierre inherits everything, he loses the family fortune with his bad decisions. Now he is going to sell Zet ...more
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It is 1763, and Lozette (“Zettie”) is the African servant to a French family in Province. She was bought to be a companion to Marie-Louise “Ree” Boyer. Companion slaves were somewhat elite, as they are well-educated, well-dressed, and taught the same as their masters, to make them fit for the company of the upper-class. When Ree’s father passes away, her cruel and reckless older brother Pierre squanders his inheritance. To pay his debt and keep out of prison, he pla
Ana Mardoll
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Lozette Moreau is a pampered French slave, a "companion" to her mistress, and her life is one of ease and luxury. Her "work" consists of following her mistress to the opera, and practicing fencing with her, never manual labor under harsh conditions. She is never beaten or harmed, she is taken exceptionally good care of, her mistress loves her, and she is allowed to speak her mind as she sees fit. And yet, through all this, she is a slave. If her
I enjoyed this book. But I have to admit that for most of the book I thought it was an actual diary, not written by an author. When I realized it I was a little disappointed. But even still it was well written and had very interesting information and point of view.
Emily Harrington
This series is a great way to learn history, especially for children and adolescents. As an adult, I still read this series for learning about periods of history and seeing if I'd like to know more.

This book was very good.
Children's fiction; historical. This diary follows the travels and thoughts of a French girl's companion slave; Lozette and her "owner" Marie-Louise escape the clutches of M.'s would-be husband and embark on an adventure (or at least a very long journey) that will end with them finding M's brother (a captive of the English during the French and Indian war), M. getting married to someone she actually likes, and L. being granted her freedom. I read the first 50 pages or so then started skimming, t ...more
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.
The epilogue makes it really confusing as to whether or not Lozette is based on a real person. Hopefully she's not because the epilogue is kind of sad. Other than that, I liked that the book dealt with French slavery practices. We hear all about American slavery, but never about what slavery was like in other countries. It was interesting.
Callie Stillion
I kept thinking for some reason that this was the year 763... but I was wrong. Lozette is called Zettie, but her friend, Ree, decides to sell her at the last minute. And I think it might have been Pierre that owned her, because Pierre sure acts likes he did.
Kimberly Tardy
This book told about some topics we haven't learned much about: slavery before the Revolutionary War, and slavery in other countries. The characters were very believable, but after the first half of the book, it didn't have much of a plot.
Mar 07, 2013 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls 8+
I liked this book, but not as much as the others I've read so far. It didn't seem as... American somehow. However, it was an engaging story as a young French slave girl yearns for freedom.
After reading two of the Dear Canada Series in a row, I found this volume of Dear America to be a little lackluster. On the other hand, it IS one of the better D.A. titles I've read.
What I did like about this Dear America was its unique perspective. It's something that I would have never thought about. It was hard to get what was happening.
This story was really fascinating. It had immigration, political unrest, pioneering and unlikely friendship and the persepective of a different culture all in one book.
I learned a great deal about life as a slave in another country as well as the area formerly known as New France, but presently called Canada.
Madeline Stone
I was very into the Dear America Series at one point, but honestly, I don't know why. The books were o.k., but not very interesting at all.
so, I went through a period of my life where I couldn't stop reading these books. I cannot explain how fantastic they are.
Interesting point of view. I learned about the French and Indian War although it was a little disjointed.
Sheila Read
I remember this cover but not the story but I do remember I liked it.
it was great more people should read it
Tiffany Garcia
This book did not hold my attention well.
AH!! French SLAVE girl?? oh crap.
What a whit!!!!!
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