Even the remote Rio Bravo town of Guerrero has paid a price for Mexico′s war of independence from Spain. Gripped by drought and depression, Guerrero is changing. Sixteen-year-old Rosita Treviño dreams of a better life, as does fifteen-year-old Maria Alvarez, the book-loving stepsister she barely knows. When Father brings home a rich old suitor who chooses Rosita as his bride, she is determined to flee before it’s too late.
The next day, to everyone’s surprise, a Texas gringo named Austin arrives on a steamboat. Desperate, Rosita runs away to the strange boat, and is taken aboard as ship’s musician and cook. That night, a young boy sneaks on board—Maria, in disguise! Dangers lie ahead…killing heat, drought, illness, pursuit by Father. Sisters, yet strangers, all they have is each other as they face the dangerous, unpredictable Rio Bravo, and a terrifying new world.
Reviews and Comments
“Accurate details and descriptions of the area, time period, and, in particular, the living conditions on…the riverboat are woven into the story, as are excellent descriptions of Mexican culture, traditions, language and people.” (School Library Journal)
American Sisters series, Book 4
written by Laurie Lawlor
Simon & Schuster/Minstrel Books, 2000
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