Sherry Garland, a fifth-generation Texan who drew on her own family history to create the characters for this book, tells the epic story of the Alamo from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl. Series Information Today's most distinguished authors lend their voices and talents to this best-selling historical fiction series. Presented in journal format, "Dear America" invites readers into the personal worlds of girls from different times in American history. Each moving narrative is extensively researched and inspired by real letters and journals of the time. Not only will readers experience firsthand what it was like to grow up in another time and place, but they will discover how important their own stories are to the making of history.