16 year old Samantha Russell  only wants to marry her fiancée, Danny,  and move to Texas,   But once there, they find themselves caught up in the Texan settlers’ struggle against the Mexican dictator, Santa Anna .  After the tragic events  at the fall of the Alamo, Samantha vows to seek revenge. The Little Spy goes to work…

It’s a bit of an oxymoron but I’ve always liked Historical Fiction.The Kent Family Chronicles, Killer Angels to name a couple very Young Adult Historical Fictiongood examples. General Houston’s Little Spy by new author Cara Skinner is a Young Adult historical fiction novel .It’s the story of of  the creation of The Republic of Texas and their fight against Mexico’s General Santa Anna as they gain their independence. This is a fun way to get kids interested in history  and this new book is just the thing for Texas. We learn a little about Davy Crockett,Jim Bowie and the rest of The Alamo defenders.It’s also a nice chronicle of what life might have been like back in the early 1800’s. It’s always fun for kids to see a young hero succeed.Our hero here is 16 year old Samantha. Samantha and her new Husband venture  to Texas from their home in Tennessee. Author Cara Skinner born in Texas researched this bit of history very well making sure the action at the Alamo and places like San Jacinto is factual and easy to read at the middle grade level.

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Cara Skinner is a certified elementary/ special education teacher who taught for the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School Cara Skinner General Houston's Little SpyDistrict for nine years. While working as a special education teacher, she had the opportunity to co-teach classes with fourth and fifth grade teachers and taught Texas and American history. She also served in the military as a radio transmitter repairer at the Husterhoeh Kaserne in Pirmasens, Germany. She and her husband of twenty years, Larry Skinner reside in Baytown, Texas, where she continues to provide tutorial services for GCCISD.


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