Cherokee Sister

Cherokee Sister

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Allie MacAllister knows better than to run through the woods without a hat. But the sun feels so good on her skin, she barely minds when her mother scolds her for getting as dark as her dog. And Allie knows better than to slip out of Sunday worship to visit Leaf Sweetwater. But she hasn't seen her best friend for days, with all the trouble brewing between the… See more details below

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Allie MacAllister knows better than to run through the woods without a hat. But the sun feels so good on her skin, she barely minds when her mother scolds her for getting as dark as her dog. And Allie knows better than to slip out of Sunday worship to visit Leaf Sweetwater. But she hasn't seen her best friend for days, with all the trouble brewing between the Cherokees and the white settlers. Her parents will never notice she's missed the boring sermon if she hurries back. When Leaf lets Allie try on her new buckskin dress, Allie couldn't be happier. But blind hatred shatters her happiness when army men come to round up Leaf's family, forcing them from their home—and taking Allie with them to walk the cruel Trail of Tears.

As conditions on the trail grow more desperate, the girls' hope of rescue fades away, and all that's left is a grueling nightmare of prejudice and terror. Throughout the harrowing journey, Allie and Leaf share each other's strength and courage, forging a bond of sisterhood greater than any blood tie.

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When the Cherokee were forced to leave their land and resettle, the long walk was known as the Trail of Tears. It is brought to life by two friends, Allie whose family settled in Indian territory, and Leaf, a Cherokee girl who lives with her grandmother, Elisi. Just as Allie tries on the new buckskin dress that Elisi has made for Leaf, soldiers come and force the Indians off their land and on the long road to their new home. Dressed as an Indian and with dark hair, the men think Allie is Cherokee and she is forced to march with the others. Allie drops beads from the dress along the road, hoping her father will find them. Exhausted, Elisi dies in camp, but Allie's father comes to take her and Leaf home. This excellent historical fiction represents the gamut of real people--a Cherokee family that lives congenially with the new settlers, a white family who respect the Indians, other settlers who are indifferent to the Cherokee and treat them as ignorant savages, compassionate soldiers and the brutal ones. By identifying with the Cherokee, students will be able to objectively discuss historical as well as current prejudices, stereotypes, and ethical actions. 2000, Delacorte Press, Ages 9 to 12, $14.95. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440415688
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/01/1901
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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