School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Roberts chronicles Menendez's career on the high seas and the establishment of the city of St. Augustine in Florida, which included seizing for Spain a great deal of territory that had previously been held by the French. His deeds were regarded by some as piracy, but others felt he was a fearless crusader. Whiting tells the story of Coronado's four expeditions of discovery through the western part of what is now the United States on a quest for the fabled seven cities of gold and in an attempt to dominate and convert the Native Americans living in the area. His methods eventually led to his trial in Mexico City for cruelty to the natives. Although found innocent, his reputation was damaged and his illustrious career ended. Both easy-to-read narratives include a publisher's note: "Some parts of the text might have been created by the author based on his/her research to illustrate what might have happened years ago, and is solely an aid to readability for young adults." The writing is part legend, part biography, and part history. The open format and black-and-white and full-color photos and reproductions will appeal to reluctant readers, and the books could provide additional information for reports.-Elizabeth Stumpf, Clearfield Middle School, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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