The cave at Mount Bonnell, not far from the school Hannah, Nick, and Jackie attend in Austin, has attracted many visitors over the years, from Indians to Boy Scouts to historic reenactors. But when JackieÆs grandfather takes the trio there on an impromptu excursion, they meet a traveler of an entirely different sort: explorer Elijah Barringtonùancestor of their formidable history teacherùwho has arrived there from the past. And accompanying him is a trunk that looks oddly familiar.
A slam of the trunkÆs lid transports the girls into a melee of swirling hoofbeats and bright war paint. Before they know it, theyÆve been taken captive by Comanche warriors in a raid on Victoria, Texas, in 1840. Hannah is forced into servitude, while Jackie is adopted as a daughter. As they learn about life among the natives and participate reluctantly in another raid, Nick races east from Mount Bonnell on horseback in the company of Bigfoot Wallace, Jack Hays, and other Texas Rangers.
In a fast-paced adventure infused with the fascinating cultural and historical details Melodie CuateÆs stories are known for, her latest installment pits the old order against the new in the Battle of Plum Creekùand seeds friendship in unexpected places.
ôClever, imaginativeùthe surest approach I've seen to engaging youngsters in Texas history.ö ùLinda K. Salvucci, Trinity University