The “Father of California” founded the state’s mission system and converted thousands of Native Americans to Christianity.

  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane
  • Series: Latinos in U.S. History
  • Year Published: 2003
  • Age Level: 8-13
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This informative biography recounts the contributions of the Franciscan missionary often referred to as the “Father of California.” Whiting offers a clear and balanced overview of Serra’s life and accomplishments. This title fills a need for accessible, historical Latino biographies. (School Library Journal)

The writing and language are simple enough for middle schoolers but with sufficient depth for report writing. (Young Adult Reviewers of Southern California)