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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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Mar 25, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
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
Kelsey Hanson
Dec 12, 2015 Kelsey Hanson rated it really liked it
Once again I'm behind in my goal so I'm reading the Dear America books that I missed in my childhood. This one was interesting for me because I actually did learn more about a topic than I had expected. Generally, I have at least a base knowledge of the events that inspire these books, but I will admit that I didn't realize how different slavery was treated in the colonies vs. Europe. I also liked how the author wrote the relationship between Lozette and her owner, she cares about Lozette, but s ...more
Priscilla Herrington
Jul 01, 2015 Priscilla Herrington rated it it was amazing
Another in the Dear America series, Patricia C. McKissack's Look to the Hills is the story of a French slave girl who comes to the New York Colony in 1763 with her mistress.

When we think of pre-Revolutionary America, we usually think of either New England or the Southern colonies - areas settled predominantly by English settlers. This book is especially interesting because it takes place in the frontier area of Western New York, a colony first settled by the Dutch. And Lozette and her mistress t
Feb 02, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Crawford
Feb 03, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is the fictional diary of a young girl who is a slave girl in a house in France. Through a series of unfortunate events she ends up going to the New World (still as a slave), at a time of trouble between France and England and Native Americans and others.

It's a story that points up some of the many, many problems with the concept of slavery. It also shows how the Native Americans were mistreated by the British government, in particular, and by colonists. It brings up one of the earlier achi
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
Ana Mardoll
Feb 23, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Look to the Hills (New York Colony) / 0-439-21038-0

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
Nov 18, 2014 Pollyanna rated it liked it
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
Dec 08, 2014 Emily Harrington rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 20, 2015 Iten added it
the book was incredible. She is a very brave slave but not any more she is just a human like us now.
Jan 18, 2008 Tracey rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, children-s
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
Allison Riehl
Feb 15, 2016 Allison Riehl rated it liked it
Shelves: diaries
An interesting view on life during the time.
Nov 11, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 09, 2013 Drucilla rated it liked it
Shelves: dear-america
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
Aug 31, 2014 Callie Stillion rated it really liked it
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 OutspokenMom
Apr 02, 2015 Kimberly OutspokenMom rated it really liked it
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.
Angela Boland
This book starts off at a fast pace and quickly sloooooooows down. It's not incredibly interesting, at least not to me :/ I was glad for Zettie to finally get what she was longing for.
Mar 07, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
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.
Mar 16, 2012 Renae rated it liked it
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.
Feb 11, 2012 Meghan rated it it was ok
Shelves: dear-america
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.
Dec 26, 2011 Patrice rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2009 Madeline Stone rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 14, 2013 Tatyana rated it it was amazing
so, I went through a period of my life where I couldn't stop reading these books. I cannot explain how fantastic they are.
Feb 03, 2010 Whitney rated it liked it
Interesting point of view. I learned about the French and Indian War although it was a little disjointed.
Aug 21, 2016 Pride rated it really liked it
This book is really wonderful!!!Even though it is hard to recall..........
Emma Northington
Aug 07, 2016 Emma Northington rated it it was amazing
It was AWESOME! I love when Zettie
was dueling against the man!
Sheila Read
Jul 05, 2013 Sheila Read rated it it was amazing
I remember this cover but not the story but I do remember I liked it.
Oct 08, 2013 Hailey rated it it was amazing
it was great more people should read it
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