Daughter of Madrugada by Frances M. Wood

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As the only daughter in the de Haro family, the time has come for 13-year-old Cesa to assume the responsibilities of a woman. But Cesa isn’t interested in the kitchen. She loves the land–the vast and beautiful Rancho del Valle de la Madrugada, the Ranch of the Valley of the Dawn, where day–and all life–begins and ends. This is where Cesa was born, the only home she has ever known, and the place where her mother died eight years ago. The ranch is Cesa’s world.

The world beyond, though, is changing. Mexico has lost the 1846 war with the United States, and Upper California now belongs to the Americans. Each day more of them arrive in California, hungry for gold and for land. As her family’s way of life is threatened, Cesa discovers that there’s more to being a woman than she thought–and the sacrifice it requires may be more than she’s willing to make.

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Published May 14, 2002 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 163 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story centers on her love for the family’s extensive property—the Rancho del Valle de la Madrugada—and the struggles of her Mexican family to retain this land in the face of the desertion of the servants and workers to the gold fields, the movement of increasing numbers of Americans into the ...

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