Young Zorro: The Iron Brand

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Sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains surrounding the Pueblo de Los Angeles, wealthy Spanish caballeros live side by side with Native Americans. One boy with both Spanish and Indian blood belongs to both worlds. He is Diego de la Vega, who will one day wear the mask of Zorro.

As a boy Diego is more concerned with riding horses and making mischief with his best friend, Bernardo, than about fighting injustice. But when men start disappearing from the pueblo of Los Angeles and cattle are missing from Diego's father's rancho, Diego and Bernardo encounter an injustice so wicked that they must take action.

Inspired by Isabel Allende's novel Zorro, which reveals how Diego de la Vega became the legendary masked hero, Young Zorro: The Iron Brand introduces readers to a land of vaqueros and kidnappers -- an exciting world in which a young hero is formed.

First introduced in 1919, the legend of Zorro, "the fox," swiftly grew into a phenomenon. A hero of Spanish California with a dual identity, Zorro has vanquished evildoers and conquered hearts in books, movies, and television series around the world. Most recently the Zorro tale has been brought to life by Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 1998 major motion picture The Mask of Zorro and its 2005 sequel, The Legend of Zorro.

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I loved writing this adventure, and the next story in the series. A third appears in Moonstone's anthology Tales of Zorro, edited by Richard Dean Starr. I loved my characters. Young de la Vega, of course, and his mute brother Bernardo. But also their feisty girl compadre, Trinity. I helped Isabel Allende on her Zorro novel, and used Isabel's portrait of Diego Vega's mother, a mercurial firebrand and Gabrieleño war leader. I expanded the character of Diego's father from her sketch, emphasizing the cool and steady Royal Spanish officer in him. I hope you enjoy the adventures, and the portrait of old California.

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How did El Zorro become the hero of Old California? By growing into the sword-and-swashbuckling life from youth! This is the first tale of young Diego del Vega and his mute brother Bernardo on Don Alejandro del Vega's vast cattle lands. They visit grandmother Gray Owl's Gabrieleño Native American village in the mountains, and explore the choppy waters off the coast with their feisty girl compadre, Trinity. They encounter marauding grizzly bears, rustlers, real pirates and sinister Spaniards. The adventures are thrilling but only a little more thrilling than this paradise for two boys: the glorious California country around  the tiny mission town of Pueblo de los Angeles.

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