A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas, 1836 (Dear America Series)

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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.

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Overview

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.

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.

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The ALAN Review - Marjorie M. Kaiser
In this the latest of the Dear America Series, thirteen-year-old Lucinda Lawrence struggles to help her family survive the isolation and deprivation of colonial life in Texas. Covering a time period of about a year before the battle at the Alamo, 10 years before Texas becomes a state in 1845, Garland pictures the families in one Texan colony as they battle Santa Anna and his Mexican army to save their property, possessions, and rights. In short diary entries Lucinda gives her readers a biased yet touching view of what it means to grow up early, to endure great hardships, to suffer the loss of family members to war, and most important, to see more than one side of the moral/political situations inherent in American colonialism. Despite the occasional lapse of credibility in Lucinda's voice and vocabulary, in general, Garland delivers a story that is at once believable, instructive, and moving. Accompanied by a chapter of Texas history and assorted photographs and maps, this historical novel seems ideal for grades 7-10, but older teens may find this book charming, too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590394666
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    Great Book

    This book is great for understanding the lives of people during the war. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    GREAT BOOK!

    This is a great book! i have read it soooooooooo many times! It teaches a lot about Alamo history through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl. I strongly reccomend this book. It's especially good for grades 5-7.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    Wonderful!

    I Think This Book Was A Good One, But I Give It A 4 Because I Think I Like More This Century Books Like The Steps By Rachel Cohn. I Live In Texas And More Importantly In SanAntonio. I Love Going To The Alamo. I Walk There About Every Week With My Friends. This Book Has Taught Me To Appreciate The Fact That Texas Is In The United States. I Think It Would Have Been Better If Texas Stayed Part Of Mexico. Anyway This Is A Great Book That Teaches Alot About History.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    War and Death

    In my book A Line In The Sand by Sherry Garland, it is about a girl named Lucinda whose family is going through hard times Her father is injured while he is cutting down a tree and it is time for the cotton to be harvested. Lucinda, her mother, and her younger brother Green have to harvest all of the cotton by themselves. Lucindas fingers get dry and start to bleed and crack so her eldest brother, Willis, goes and buys her some ointment, with the last of his money. Soon after Willis goes off to fight in the war at the Alamo. He dies in the war. When Lucinda finds out she realizes that she knew that he was going to die ever since the day he left. Everyone in town is running out of food because they are giving it to the volunteers that are fighting for them. I would rate this book with a three because I have read lots of books and most are more interesting than this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    AWESOME BOOK!

    This book was more interesting than I thought it would be. I had to read it for school and I thought it was going to be boring. But I found it was a very good book and told me lots of facts about the Alamo and the history of Texas. I am very interested in reading more of the Dear America Series now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Great, Wonderful!

    This is a really good book it tells how many people lost there life just to have 1 state. It also tells how a girl suffers through hard times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Amazing!!!

    I have been interested in the Alamo ever since I was a little boy. I read this book for a history project in college on how acurate historical fiction books are. Not only did this book hit everything perfectly, it added information that I did not even know!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2000

    Gripping

    Lucinda is given a diary, and she writes about the hardships they go through while some people in Mexico decide to fight the Tejano people. The four words 'The Alamo Still Stands' kept me reading the book, even at night! This is a book of courage, sorrow and love. The best book in history!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    Texas History

    This book is a great way to learn about Texas History, and has many vivid details to describe exactly what happened

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    a great read

    i thought this book was going to turn out as very boring,but i found it to be very enjoyable.

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