Leona: A Love Story

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At the age of sixteen, Leona Vicario, a heroine of the Mexican struggle for independence, falls in love with a lawyer who becomes a revolutionary, drawing her into a decision that will affect history, in a real-life historical love story.

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The author of I, Juan de Paraja (1965, Newbery Award) describes the pivotal early years of Leona Vicario (1789-1842), revered as a heroine of Mexican independence. At 16, the wealthy, well-educated, but na‹ve Leona was betrothed by her guardian to a Spanish widower many years her senior, only to fall in love, once she had been introduced to society, with Andr‚s Quintana Roo, a young lawyer who was already taking an active part in the movement for independence from Napoleonic Spain. When her guardian learned of her revolutionary sympathies, he placed her under house arrest. Escaping, she traveled in disguise with her old nurse to join Quintana Roo. Unfortunately, though these events, subsequent battles, and Leona's struggle to regain her health after her harrowing experiences are all inherently dramatic, the author's enumeration of them lacks suspense; and while she includes plenty of such authentic details as the books the young people discussed, societal divisions in early 19th- century Mexico, and features of everyday life, neither setting nor characters ever really come to life. A book that falls between two stools--too distancing for fiction, too embellished for biography --but that, in the absence of other books about this significant patriot, will be useful in introducing Leona Vicario. Glossary. (Fiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Gr. 7-10. In an exciting story based on historical fact, Trevi{¤}no has created a tale of what might have been in the life of Leona Vicario, a revered Mexican heroine, whose role in Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain is well known. Set in the early nineteenth century, the novel combines historical fiction with exciting adventure and appealing romance. Leona is a wealthy, well-educated 16-year-old orphan living a privileged life with her uncle and cousins. But Leona is a criolla, the daughter of a Spanish mother and a Mexican father. Unable to ignore the injustices of Spanish colonial rule, she joins the Insurgents and falls in love with Andr{‚}es Quintana Roo, a brilliant young lawyer. Leona takes great risks for her country, obtaining a printing press for the rebels, escaping from her uncle's house disguised as a boy, and traveling long distances through danger and discomfort to be with Andr{‚}es. In an afterword, the author explains who Leona Vicario was and her place in Mexican history and summarizes the facts known about her life. The Roman Catholic Church's significant role in nineteenth-century Mexico is apparent, as is the denigration of the region's indigenous peoples by the Spanish colonialists. Merri Monks

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