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Fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bonifacio never intended to be a soldier. But when the soldados raid his tiny Mexican village, Lorenzo finds himself forced to join General Santa Anna's army . . . all because of the pesky goatherd Catalina and the haughty Esteban Equivel, son of the wealthiest landowner in the region.
Taken under wing by the kind Sergeant Ildefonso, Lorenzo and Es
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Timothy Baldwin
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. If you're looking for a good piece of historical fiction, this is it. Garland has done her research on the War surround the Alamo and has captured this experience though the perspective of a 15 year old soldier. Her narrator, Lorenzo, portrays a very believable teenager forced into fighting in a war in which he wanted no involvement. He experiences the gaining of a friend through one he once perceived as an enemy and he experiences the loss of those he cares for the most. In a ...more
Rebecca
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Nine years ago, Lorenzo's father was conscripted into the Mexican army, leaving behind Lorenzo, his little sister, and their pregnant mother. They never heard from him again. The year is now 1835, and life in their small village has not gotten any easier. Since his mother's death four years ago, Lorenzo has had to care for his two younger sisters. He believes the family is cursed and never expects to see his father again. While working in the fields, Lorenzo and some of the other village men are ...more
April
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read it over and over again because it was really clever because I never thought about how the Mexicans got their soldiers and if they actually liked Santa Anna. I thought it was really well thought out and I want to read more of the GREAT EPISODES!! I would really recommend it to people who just really like to read things that make you think about the things this country has done in history. Maybe you want to read these things to get interested in something new. I also thought that ...more
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