Saving Home is an historical novel set during the English siege of St. Augustine in 1702. The story is told through the eyes of nine-year-old Luissa de Cueva and her friends, ten-year-old Diego de las Alas, and a Timucuan Indian girl named Junco. Based on meticulous research, Saving Home engages readers of all ages with descriptions of Spanish and Native American families seeking refuge for more than six weeks within the walls of the Castillo de San Marcos as St. Augustine goes up in flames and a battle rages around them. This exciting historical novel has messages about life, family, and what is important that will resonate with both the young and the young at heart.
The author, Judy Lindquist has been teaching fourth grade in Orange County, Florida for fifteen years. She also teaches Children's Literature, Social Studies in Elementary Education, and Language Arts in Elementary Education at the University of Central Florida. A nationally published columnist and contributor to non-fiction books, this is her first novel.
"This novel is a fine piece of work. I am truly impressed with the thorough research and the eloquent writing. This book will be particularly useful to Florida students for years to come."
Monica Rowland Kile,Program Coordinator,Florida Humanities Council
"This well-written, dialogue-driven novel brings to life an often overlooked chapter of Florida history. This emotionally engaging, fast-paced story is based on solid research and historical fact. While written with younger readers in mind, this book will be a favorite of adults as well."
Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, Executive Director, Florida Historical Society