|Plot Summary of A Line in the Sand|
|"Living in the tiny, remote settlement of Gonzales, Texas, in 1835, pioneer farm girl Lucinda Lawrence has just celebrated her thirteenth birthday. Her father is against war with Mexico - he learned the horrors of war firsthand during the War of 1812. Lucinda's brothers find the idea of war glorious - her oldest brother, Willis, is eager to fight against the oppresive Mexicans. Lucinda's mother just doesn't want to lose any more children - her youngest, a baby girl, died during the journey from Missouri to Texas years earlier. Lucinda's friend, Mittie Roe, wants her father to come home safely from his trading expedition. And Lucinda herself isn't sure what she wants - the Mexicans are treating the American settlers badly, but she fears the war will go poorly for the outnumbered, ragtag settler army. Over the next few months Lucinda and her family and friends all become involved in the war. She loses friends and relatives in the fighting and she and her family must flee their home but she begins to realize that some things are worth fighting for. This book is written as Lucinda's diary."
Rebecca Herman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Line in the Sand|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- American wild west period
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians
- War, general
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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