Victor Lopez at The Alamo

Victor Lopez at The Alamo

by James Rice
     
 

"This book shows the Mexican view of the siege of the Alamo. Beautifully illustrated black-and-white pen sketches by the author, himself, add reality to the familiar story."
--Heart of Texas Reviews

Most people have heard of the famous siege at the Alamo and have heard stories of the lives lost in that battle. This informative historical novel for middle readers

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"This book shows the Mexican view of the siege of the Alamo. Beautifully illustrated black-and-white pen sketches by the author, himself, add reality to the familiar story."
--Heart of Texas Reviews

Most people have heard of the famous siege at the Alamo and have heard stories of the lives lost in that battle. This informative historical novel for middle readers puts a human face on those who valiantly fought.

Victor, a Mexican boy of fourteen, is forced to join the dusty, tired, and hungry Mexican soldiers marching to Texas to suppress the uprising. He has to leave behind all he has known and loved, including his dear mother, who is left without anybody to help her.

Thus begins Victor's harrowing experience with war. His only possession from home is stolen from him, his feet become blistered and sore from the long walk, he misses his home and his mother, and he has to learn how to get along with the other young men in his regiment. Though he endures many hardships along the way, the real test lies ahead for Victor and his friends--the Alamo.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This old-fashioned adventure recounts the siege of the Alamo from a 14-year-old conscripted Mexican farm boy's perspective. As Santa Anna's "professional" army heads north from Saltillo to San Antonio during the winter of 1836 to quell the Texian/Tejano rebellion against Mexican control, the likable Victor scrappily learns to survive the hardships of army life and the vagaries of an inscrutable war. Rice has obviously done his homework, but the narrative is often stilted, the vocabulary adult, and the didacticism intrusive. The black-and-white drawings are useful if indistinctive. However, even though the execution falls a bit short, the lore surrounding the infamous event is compelling enough to fill a youngster's afternoon or two with images of heroes defending their principles contrasted with the innumerable pawns of battle who dreamed of lives as simple, hardworking vaqueros away from the tumult of war.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565548664
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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