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 Jackie's grandfather takes the trio there on an impromptu excursion, they meet a traveler of an entirely different sort: explorer Elijah Barrington--ancestor of their formidable history teacher--who has arrived there from the past. And accompanying him is a trunk that looks oddly familiar.
A slam of the trunk's lid transports the girls into a melee of swirling hoofbeats and bright war paint. Before they know it, they've 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 Cuate's stories are known for, her latest installment pits the old order against the new in the Battle of Plum Creek--and seeds friendship in unexpected places.
"Clever, imaginative--the surest approach I've seen to engaging youngsters in Texas history." --Linda K. Salvucci, Trinity University
Fourth-grade teacher Melodie A. Cuate draws from travel and classroom experience for each new episode in the award winning Mr. Barrington's Mysterious Trunk series for young readers. In addition to writing, she conducts teacher workshops with curriculum developed specifically for the series. The recipient of the 2007-07 Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award, Cuate lives with her husband Tony, and daughter, Erica, in McAllen, Texas.