Lost Cause

Lost Cause

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Steve thinks a trip to Europe is out of the question--until he hears his grandfather's will. Suddenly he's off to Spain, armed with only a letter from his grandfather that sends him to a specific address in Barcelona. There he meets a girl named Laia and finds a trunk containing some of his grandfather's possessions, including a journal he kept during the time he fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Steve decides to trace his grandfather's footsteps through Spain, and with Laia's help, he visits the battlefields and ruined towns that shaped his grandfather's young life, and begins to understand the power of history and the transformative nature of passion for a righteous cause.

Steve's adventures start in The Missing Skull , part of The Seven Prequels and continue in Broken Arrow , part of The Seven Sequels.
Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, 2012.
ISBN: 9781554699445
1554699444
Characteristics: 211 p. :,maps ;,19 cm.

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andrew1444
Jan 10, 2015

the first book was great, but this one was not as great and exciting

alexrules2240 Oct 01, 2014

half the book was just steve reading

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This is the second book in Seven: The Series, which started with the novel Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters. This is the story of Steve, the younger twin brother of DJ, from the first book in the series. Steve didn't get on with his grandfather as well as his brother or some of his cousins, but he finds himself intrigued by the task that his grandfather has set for him, and pleased that it offers him the chance to go to Europe, which he had wanted to do this summer but wasn't sure he could raise the money to do. The task is framed as a bit of a mystery, and it takes Steve to Spain to uncover his grandfather's past. He discovers his grandfather fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War as part of the International Brigades. He also discovered his grandfather's early romance, and together with a young Spanish girl, he uses the material he discovers to trace his grandfather's footsteps to discover a story that isn't as straightforward as he first thought it might be.
This gives us some history in the context of the Spanish Civil War, and the geography of the area around Barcelona where Steve's grandfather fought. Like DJ, we see Steve develop as a character as he ventures out on his own for the first time.
Another enjoyable read.

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KleimanN
Nov 22, 2013

now i get wy they call it a CHILDRENS paperback!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BaxterTheButler
Jul 30, 2013

This book was boring.
It was one big history lesson.

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james83
Feb 05, 2013

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alexrules2240 Oct 01, 2014

alexrules2240 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14

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Jul 17, 2014

bananakianna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14

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