by Gwen Harvey

illustrations by Guy Pordirio

A New Historical Novel for Young People

Published by the Arizona Historical Society  $17.96

Esperanza is a courageous and imaginative Mexican American girl living in the frontier town of Tucson, Arizona in 1876.  She tries to be a responsible your lady but she and her little dog Chica always seem to be in trouble.  Esperanza’s dearest wish is know what happened to her brother, Carlos, who, years earlier, was captured by Apache Indians.  Then, miraculously, U.S. soldiers locate Carlos, now a young man, and bring him back to the ranch.  But instead of the glad homecoming Esperanza envisioned, Carlos is angry that he had been taken from his Apache family and he wants to return.  Can Esperanza find a way to understand her brother?  Or will she and Carlos be estranged forever?  Filled with vibrant characters, humor, and adventure, this true-to-life story celebrates the cultures and lives of people who shaped the American southwest.

Gwen Harvey, former Education Director at the Arizona Historical Society, used her extensive knowledge of Tucson to spin an exciting tale about life in the Old Pueblo.  Published by the Arizona Historical Society, this book is an excellent way to combine Social Studies and Language Arts standards.

Copies available at the Arizona History Museum   949 E. 2nd St.,   Tucson, Az 85719

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Wholesalers can order from Ingram or Baker & Taylor


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