AGES 9-12: In the second of the “Mr. Barrington’s Trunk” series, Melodie Cuate has created an exciting tale about three average students who become embroiled in the battle for Texas independence. Mixing fantasy with history, the students open a mysterious trunk and find themselves in the midst of the preparations for the Battle of San Jacinto.
As they try to return to the present, they learn about the past while experiencing the trials and tribulations of daily life in 1836. They also witness the horrors of the short but bloody battle that made Texas an independent republic. Full of excitement and details about a dangerous time period, this book introduces children to fascinating historical figures such as Sam Houston, Santa Anna and Juan Seguin. —Fran Strykowski