Lorenzo and the Turncoat
by Lila Guzmán and Rick Guzmán
Publication Date: May 31, 2006
Bind: Trade Paperback
Ages: 11 and up
An exciting historical action-adventure for young adults.Look Inside
In Lorenzo Bannister’s latest adventure, he is living in New Orleans and working as a medical doctor. Between his promising medical practice and his love for his fiancée Eugenie, Lorenzo is finally happy and at peace after working for the Continental Army. But his happiness is short lived.
A hurricane sweeps through New Orleans two days before Lorenzo and Eugenie’s wedding, leaving the town severely damaged and Eugenie missing. Frantic with fear and worry, Lorenzo searches the flooded, demolished city for his fiancée. It is Lorenzo’s friend and mentor, Colonel De Gálvez, who must tell Lorenzo the shocking news: Eugenie has been seen in Baton Rouge in the company of a British man.
Lorenzo is determined to find answers to the puzzling questions about Eugenie’s departure from New Orleans. Facing the possibility that she may be a traitor to the Spanish cause, Lorenzo joins the Spanish Army and makes his way to Baton Rouge along with the troops Colonel De Gálvez has assembled to attack the British. Once again, Lorenzo finds himself on a dangerous mission, this time in desperate pursuit of his fiancée while waging war on the Redcoats.
“Historical characters and settings are mixed for an exciting, as well as educational read.”-Today’s Catholic
“One of the book’s strengths is its depiction of the cultural diversity (French, Spanish, Choctaw, etc.) that was vital to the revolutionary cause . . .”-School Library Journal on Lorenzo’s Secret Mission
“Lorenzo’s Secret Mission is highly recommended for its sweeping narrative, its realistic and energetic style, and its unexpected and somewhat startling conclusion.”-MultiCultural Review
“Espionage, romance, and mystery enhance the accounts of possible events in the Revolutionary War. Aspects of the conflict…add to students’ understanding of the war.”-School Library Journal on Lorenzo’s Revolutionary Quest
LILA GUZMÁN is the co-author of Lorenzo and the Turncoat (Piñata Books, 2006), Lorenzo’s Revolutionary Quest (Piñata Books, 2003) and Lorenzo’s Secret Mission (Piñata Books, 2001). She is also the author of Green Slime and Jam (Eakin Press, 2000), a middle-grade fantasy novel. She translated A Royalist Volunteer (Mellon University Press, 1993) and Campaign of the Maestrazgo (Longwood Academic Press, 1990). Guzmán is the recipient of several awards for her writing, including Honorable Mention in Fiction, Dorothy Daniels Honorary Writing Award from the National League of American Pen Women.
Learn more at lilaguzman.com.
RICK GUZMÁN is the co-author of Lorenzo and the Turncoat (Piñata Books, 2006), Lorenzo’s Revolutionary Quest (Piñata Books, 2003) and Lorenzo’s Secret Mission (Piñata Books, 2001). A former army officer, he graduated from Rice University and the University of Houston Law Center. He practices law in Austin and lives in the Hill Country area of Texas, outside Austin.