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...Cesa de Haro is the eldest child and only daughter of a Mexican land grant family in old California. The huge domain of El Rancho de la Madrugada belongs to the de Haros, and the de Haros alone—until Americans invade, hungry for gold.

People who have read the book say...
“Young readers will love Cesa’s passion… Children 10 and older will be stirred, their souls nourished by Daughter of Madrugada.” Raleigh News and Observer
“A genuine love of the land and the time pervades the narrative along with an aura of authenticity that seems almost autobiographical…A vivid work of historical fiction.” School Library Journal, Star
“A gracefully told and skillfully constructed tribute to family loyalty, love of the land and the resilience of the human spirit.” forbesbookclub.com
“Historically accurate situations, believable characters, fresh writing, and a fast-moving plot (with lots of surprises) overlay the book’s main themes: young people coming of age, the clash of cultures, and California’s gold-driven rush from Mexican rule to statehood.” Social Studies School Service
“Through a young girl’s first person narrative, Wood dramatizes crucial historical events that changed America forever…In the end, the question is about what it means to be American.” Booklist

DAUGHTER OF MADRUGADA has been published in the following editions...
Hardback: Delacorte Press, 2002
Paperback: Dell Yearling, 2003
Large Print: Thorndike Press, 2004