This is a tale of the American Revolutionary War told from the unique perspective of a young Hispanic male named Lorenzo Bannister. Historically rich and accurate, this book provides interesting scenarios of life in New Orleans and Virginia at the time of the American Revolution. Real historical characters interact with our hero, Lorenzo, including none other than, General George Washington. As the story begins, young, patriotic, and ambitious, fifteen-year-old Lorenzo dreams of becoming a soldier, but at present, he is studying to be a doctor. Suddenly, he is both. Beginning in New Orleans, the teen travels up the Mississippi River as a medic on a flatboat, delivering medicine and gunpowder to the American revolutionaries. A chance meeting with General Washington leads to his helping the American soldiers carry out their orders, and eventually, win their freedom from the British. Told in an easy-to-read tone and filled with plenty of historical detail, this would be an excellent book to discuss this era of American history, with the appealing twist of perspective through the adolescent Hispanic narrator. This book is particularly good for learning about the contributions of the Spanish in fighting the British. 2001, Pinata Books, 153 pp.,
This is an exciting, adventure-filled story about a 15-year-old Spanish boy, Lorenzo, during the American Revolution. Honoring his father's dying wish, Lorenzo must deliver a letter from his father to his grandfather, in Virginia. Immediately on his journey, Lorenzo has the fortune of joining a secret flatboat operation. Their mission is to deliver medicine to George Washington's army of rebels. He becomes a crucial part of the crew, having been trained as a medic by his father. Lorenzo's mission is not an easy one, with obstacles to overcome along the way. The reader is transported to historical America during one of the most crucial times in our history. This is a story that delicately and intricately weaves fictional characters with legendary heroes, such as George Washington, to make history come alive. One of the underlying themes of this story is the desire and struggle to achieve freedom and a better life. Lorenzo's passion for life and for what he believes in is a great lesson to readers. Highly recommended, especially for history lovers. KLIATT Codes: J�Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Arte Publico Press, Pinato Books, 154p., Silva
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Gr 6-9-Pursuing his father's dying wish, 15-year-old Lorenzo Bannister sets off to deliver a letter to his grandfather and becomes unexpectedly involved in some lesser-known aspects of the American Revolution, rubbing shoulders with such legendary figures as Bernardo de G lvez and George Washington. Beginning in New Orleans, the teen travels up the Mississippi River as a medic on a flatboat delivering supplies and intelligence to the American rebels, and to Virginia to meet his grandfather for the first time. One of the book's strengths is its depiction of the cultural diversity (French, Spanish, Choctaw, etc.) that was vital to the Revolutionary cause, and which is the foundation of New Orleans heritage. In the end, Lorenzo is faced with a revelation of his own ethnic background, to which he and other major characters react perhaps too altruistically. While the novel does not quite reach its full potential, it is still entertaining and has several unpredictable twists.-Sean George, St. Charles Parish Library, Luling, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.