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

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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 conditions, and new conflicts. As her masters are torn between their own nationality and their somewhat ...

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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 conditions, and new conflicts. As her masters are torn between their own nationality and their somewhat reluctant new allegiance to the British colonial government, Zettie, too, must reconsider her own loyalties.

Brought up in France as the African slave companion of a nobleman's daughter, thirteen-year-old Zettie records the events of 1763, when she and her mistress escape to the New World where they are inadvertently drawn into the hostilities of the ongoing French and Indian War and, eventually, find a new direction to their lives.

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Following the "Dear America" series format, this is not an actual diary. The book weaves historical events and people of 1763 with fictional ones. So, battles in the French and Indian War and the fencing champion Saint Georges mix with fictional Lozette, an African-French slave girl, and semi-fictional Marie Louise, based on a real female fencing champ. Notes and photos in the book help explain where reality ends and fiction begins. Lozette, or Zettie, begins her diary January, 1763, in Aix-en-Provence, while locked up in a tiny room of the Boyer home. Pierre, the brother of Marie for whom Zettie has been a companion for seven years, is about to sell Zettie away from all she believes to be hers. That's when the real adventure begins. Twelve-year-old Zettie and eighteen-year-old Marie escape to the New World to find Marie's older brother Jacques, who disappeared while fighting for the French. In a year's time, Zettie learns how to do meaningful tasks such as cooking, as well as put her knowledge of arithmetic, reading, and writing to good use in her new home in Fort Niagara. Zettie (ultimately freed from slavery), Marie, and many diverse colonists learn how to be free in this new environment. A map of Zettie's route taken in the New World would be helpful. The switch from the diary's "translated" French to English, Zettie's lesser-known language, is unconvincing since the style doesn't change. But the reader forgets this and is caught up in the story. 2004, Scholastic Inc, Ages 12 up.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
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Gr 4-6-Zettie, 12, is a companion to the daughter of a once-wealthy Frenchman. An African slave, she was purchased as a gift for Marie-Louise and although well treated, she longs to be free. After Marie-Louise's father dies, her older brother threatens to sell the slaves and marry off his sister to an older, unattractive, but wealthy man to keep himself out of debtor's prison. Marie-Louise convinces her fianc to purchase Zettie as her wedding gift, and the two girls, with the help of a friend, flee to Spain, and then to America. They sail to a British-controlled fort in the area that would later become New York State. The rest of the book describes life at the fort, the effects of the French and Indian War on the relations with the Native Americans, and Marie-Louise's search for her younger brother, who had been captured by the Delaware Indians. The diary is a straightforward account with very little emotion. Zettie simply records the events of the day with few comments as to her thoughts and feelings, and her character is never fully developed. The other figures are even more shadowy. The quality of the black-and-white period maps, portraits, landscapes, etc., is poor. It is unfortunate that a book written about this time period, on which there is little fiction available for this age, is not up to the author's usual standard.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439210386
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    "Dear America, Look to the Hills, The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl: New York Colony, 1763." *Explains survival skills needed in a new world. *Well-developed diary from a companion/slave's viewpoint. *Fascinating historical facts. *Characters that grab your attention. *Emotionally gripping at times. *Reveals the ruthless and rather heartless behavior of some people toward the Native Americans formerly known as American Indians. *Learn of the atrocity of the smallpox epidemic in the Native Americans. (Learn about infected blankets.) **A quote: ".the energy of that yearning all around ." Another quote: "Theirs {There is} a spirit that cannot be held by earthly restraints. That same spirit has embraced me. I look, now, to the hills and know that on the other side is tomorrow. Freedom. And I'm almost there." ***This is worthwhile reading and appropriate for youth nine to thirteen. This might be a useful book for a social studies/history report.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    Look to the hills

    I belive this book could have been way better. It was good at first but became very dull. The author should have made this book a lot more fun and leave us in suspense more.:'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    a great book.

    a very good book. it tells the great story of lozette moreau and ree,s jorneys in the new york colony, looking for jaques. a very good book, and a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Pretty good...

    I am a HUGE fan of the dear america series, but this book wasn't NEAr as good as 'Standing in The Light' or 'A Coal Miner's Bride'. It started out wonderful, but slowly declined until it got tesdious and dull. If you are just starting the Dear America series, don't read this book, because it'll amke you never wnat to read the series again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    Cool book.

    I think this book was interesting. It had some history in it. I always find history books very boring but I actually liked this one. I think that Ree and Zetty were very brave and interesting characters. Wheee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    Not as I Anticapated

    I thought that LOOK TO THE HILLS could have been a bit better. For the most part the book is dull without much life to it. The book starts out interesting enough but goes downhill. In the end it is all about Zetty's life working in Ft. Niagra and how she longs to be free and Ree's ( the girl who Zetty belongs to) romance and searching for her brother. I think that this book had a good plot and much potential but Mrs. McKissack didn't now how to bring it out. I will admit that this book is different from toher Dear America books and that might be why I had a dislike for it and maybe if I read it another time my opinion would be different. I would recomand this book to someone who intersted in this topic/time period or someone who is a fan of Dear America and has rad other books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    excellent book!

    This was a excellent book and it grasped me from the very first page to the last. I normally don't like to read about slave girls but this one was very interesting. I think you should read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Good Book

    This book really made me realize that I was lucky not to be a slave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Good and unique new Dear America book.

    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 inheirits everything, he loses the family fortune with his bad decisions. Now he is going to sell Zettie, and force Ree into marriage to a man she despises. Then Ree learns that her other brother Jacques, presumed dead in the war with the English, may be alive, and living with Indians in the Colonies. Ree and Zettie escape to Spain and then travel across the ocean to the New World, where they end up living at Fort Niagara. In her diary, Lozette describes their journey, their experiences at Fort Niagara at the end of the French and Indian War, and her own longing to be conisdered free. I highly reccommend this new book to all readers who love the Dear America series. I especially love Colonial American settings and I liked reading about a different type of slavery story. Zettie was well treated but still longed to be a free person.

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