Twisted Cross YA by Anita Perez Ferguson
Twisted Cross, a historic adventure-themed story, is book one in the Mission Bells trilogy for YA readers. It follows the life of Salvador Tenorio (age 14) and his compadres. The book addresses Latino culture and the colonial development of the California coast.
Salvador and his friend Blas are dragooned from an 18th century prison in Cadiz, Spain (1795). They are sent to colonial Mexico and later forced to participate in the Junipero Serra expedition to establish the missions of California. Salvador tangles with padres and pirates on his journey to discover the New World -- and himself.
The toughest journey to plan is going back in time 200 years before you were born. I've traveled the world, but my journey in Historic Fiction for Young Adult readers has taken me to the most memorable places. My adventure story,Twisted Cross, reveals people and places that have been hidden in history for centuries. I've written with a perspective from my own California family with roots in Spain & Mexico. My work in advocacy for women and the laboring classes took me all the way to a job in the White House. From immigrants to the Presidency, there are plenty of hidden heroes whose stories wait to be told. Meet me in the Old West and I will share those stories, and a few surprises, with you.
Salvador comes to the end of his first journey at the Cathedral of Santiago in Northern Spain. Submitting to authority is tough for any adventurous teen, especially one who has been hurt by his church.
Sal may have the most to learn from the very people and thinks he wants to escape from. But he will not discover these truths until it's too late.
Twisted Cross: Adventure in a New World
Once inside the city limits, the pilgrims joined the traders, Brothers, soldiers and sailors in the streets and plazas of Santiago. Somehow, Mamà found Salvador lurking near the Cathedral. “Stay close to me, mi amor, my dear,” Mamàsaid. She led him back to the Cathedral’s stone barricades with the other travelers. “Mucha gente, too many people, I might lose you in this crowd,” Mamàsaid. Shewaved her hand in the air to push away the sour smells from the mobs of pilgrims, dirty after forty days of the walking pilgrimage. Pairs of uniformed military men patrolled back and forth inside the barriers to control the crowd...