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.
"Gr. 4^-7. This fictional diary of 13-year-old Lucinda in Gonzales, Texas, in 1835^-1836 tells of the unrest under Mexican rule that led General Santa Anna to invade and the "Texians" to rebel. Plucky Cinda mixes her longing for book learning with stunning details of how hard everyone works on a farm: butchering a hog, making lye soap and candles. Amid all this, Garland lays out arguments for and against the rebellion in the voices of Cinda's father and brothers. We see clearly, too, what war meant for the men (ragtag equipment, no supplies, cold, boredom) and for the women (trying to keep food for themselves and the troops, planting and harvesting alone, and then fleeing with as much as they could carry). Heroes like Davy Crockett and William Travis appear in their proper places. Cinda's accounts of the Runaway Scrape, where many women and children died in the flooding rain, and of the massacres at the Alamo and Goliad, filtered through the loss of her brother and other relatives, will make vivid for readers this period of American history. Historical notes and illustrations are included at the end. A fine addition to the Dear America series. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido"
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