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Sing Down the Moon
     

Sing Down the Moon

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by Scott O'Dell
 

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The Navajo tribe's forced march from their homeland to Fort Sumner by white soldiers and settlers is dramatically and courageously told by young Bright Morning.

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The Navajo tribe's forced march from their homeland to Fort Sumner by white soldiers and settlers is dramatically and courageously told by young Bright Morning.

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"The very simplicity of the writing, at times almost terse, makes more vivid the tragedy of the eviction and the danger and triumph of the return." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Fifteen year old Morning Star and her best friend Running Deer are tending their sheep when they are kidnapped by Spaniards and sold as slaves to wealthy women. Separated from her friend and her Navaho family, Morning Star immediately begins to plot ways to get away. With the help of another young Navaho, she and Running Deer are able to escape and return to their village. On the way, they meet warriors from the village who assist them. Tall Boy, the young warrior Morning Star hopes to marry, is wounded in the conflict and loses the use of one arm. Life in the village is not as they hoped, however, because the villagers are soon driven from their homes by the Long Knives, Americans who are claiming the land. This short novel presents the heart-wrenching story of the Long Walk of 1863 through 1865 as seen through the eyes of a young woman. The Navaho people were driven to Fort Sumner where they were held prisoner for several years. However, Morning Star's story is hopeful. She and her new husband Tall Boy are able to escape and begin a new life near Canyon de Chelly, their original home. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This resonant Newbery Honor book chronicles the Navajo experience of the 1860s through the eyes of 14-year-old Bright Morning. Ages 10-up. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547406329
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/13/2010
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
128,773
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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"The very simplicity of the writing, at times almost terse, makes more vivid the tragedy of the eviction and the danger and triumph of the return." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Meet the Author

Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

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Sing down the Moon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read! This is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sing Down the Moon is a captivating story about a young Navaho girl whom is 15, fighting for her home and the love that she has for the place of where she has lived all her life which is called the Canyon de Chelly. She finds out how people sometimes have to work hard to keep the people and things around them, that they love very dearly. She has got taken from Canyon de Chelly two times but seeing her mind was set and she is a strong girl, she has found her way back home both times. I think that through out this book, it teaches you to never give up. It also sums up the point in which you should never let go of the things you love because if you do, you have to fight hard enough to get the one thing you lost, back.In the start of Sing Down the Moon, you start to get to know the Navaho people and what relationship they have with the ¿long knives¿ which is the name they call white people and their way of living life. Towards the middle of the book, you will read that Bright Morning and one of her friends are invaded and kidnapped by a few Spanish slaves, who sell them at a near by town which is not far from where they live. Bright Morning and her two friends run to escape and were founded by Tall Boy who happens to come across them while he is hunting. People whom are looking for Bright Morning and her friends, accidentally shoot Tall Boy in his shoulder. By the time Bright Morning, her two friends, and Tall Boy arrive back to the village, his health begins to be affected to the point where he loses his arm. This shows that Tall Boy is brave and is willing to be put through anything for his tribe. It gives him more thought in mind to continue thinking of marrying the one girl he crossed while hunting, Bright Morning. A little bit after Bright Morning, her two friends and Tall Boy go back to their homes, the white people in which they call ¿long knives,¿ make all of the Navahos tribe flee from their land and force them to live in valleys outside of Fort Sumner. The Navahos were viewed wrongly from the Apaches because their was being invaded from The Navahos and it caused many problems between the two tribes. Tall Boy has now became Bright Morning¿s husband whom ended is his imprisonment at the fort under other tribe members false thoughts and opinions. He soon after escapes so he can complete his wives wishes and fulfill her hopes of his coming back home. As they begin to continue their adventure together, Bright Morning has her baby boy while continuing her way back home to Canyon de Chelly. By the end of this book, Bright Morning arrives home safe and secure with nothing wrong, and she figures out that she has complete her goals for her life. This is a very good book and I wouldn¿t have mind reading the entire thing. Seeing I don¿t have this book I have done research and found as much as I could on the book. I have learned just from breaking the book down, that it is better to never let something you love go, because you never know if it will come back or not. I feel you must follow your heart and mind to get places in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is an amazing book. If you havent read it you should i rate it 5 out of 5
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in the sixth grade. I loved this book. But my opinion may be viewed as bias .. I am native american and my mother is navajo.So I am aware of what my people had to go through. I enjoyed this book. For the historical aspect of the.I enjoyed the character bright morning because of her detemination to return to her people and her way of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 10 year old boy in the ton pf gooding idaho an
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is amazning. I wold read over again. The best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
500 stars if i could
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SOOO GOOD!!!!!!! I got this on a friday an finished it sunday, and im reading it all over!! WARNIG: SPOILER ALERT: my favorite part is when the Nez perz girl looks up and stares like to say " Run, run they'll kill you" ahh best part. GET THE BOOK!!! You won't regret it. It is so worth 6.49. Also please subcribe to theis people on youtube: Basimentos Fivedollstars Coolricebunnys (she does polymer clay) Girloftheyearstudios And smosh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very dissapointing.Horrible
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is 1863 and fourteen-year-old Bright Morning is a Navaho girl living with her father, mother, and older sister Lapana in a village in the Canyon de Chelly, surrounded by mesas in what is now northeastern Arizona. Her brother had been killed by lightning. Her friends are White Deer and Running Bird, and she is sweet on the young warrior Tall Boy. One spring day, Bright Morning and Running Bird take their sheep to pasture on the mesa. Bright Morning’s black dog barks, and that is when she sees the shadows of the two Spanish slavers who kidnap her and Running Bird to be servants in a Mexican town. After a time, with the help of another slave girl named Nahana, they escape and though pursued are rescued by Tall Boy, who is unfortunately shot but survives. However, not long after their return, the Long Knives (U. S. Army soldiers) force all the Navaho on “The Long Walk” into exile at Ft. Sumner in New Mexico, after destroying their homes, crops, and livestock. Many of the Navaho die. Bright Morning and Tall Boy, who has lost the use of his right arm due to his injury, get married, but what will happen to them and their new baby? Scott O’Dell was a great author who wrote some wonderful historical fiction such as Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day. Sing Down the Moon was a Newbery Honor book in 1971. My first reaction to the book is, “Oh, another story that emphasizes how badly the whites treated the Indians.” Yes, I know that many white people treated many Indian people badly. I also know that many Indians treated white people who simply wanted to live in peace badly too. In fact, O’Dell points out with fairness, “…Many treaties were made between the Navahos and the United States. Most of them were broken, some by whites, some by the Indians.” Interestingly enough, as I was reading, I was thinking how the Democrats like to portray themselves as being for all oppressed people and Republicans as being oppressors, but they have their Jefferson and Jackson Day dinners to honor one of their heroes, Andrew Jackson, and his was one of the most anti-Indian administrations in our nation’s history leading to the Trail of Tears (1831-1838), whereas it was the Republican Ulysses S. Grant who tried to change federal Indian policy and make it more humane, although there is probably enough blame to go around for both parties. Back to the book, it is a well-crafted and exciting story, in which the Navaho also hear about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado. All this certainly reminds us that there are some tragic incidents in our country’s past which, thankfully, all right-thinking people have come to regret, and O’Dell tells about this one nicely in a sympathetic way. Of course, mention is made of “the gods” worshipped by the Navaho, and several references to killings and deaths occur. Indeed, there is a pervasive sense of sorrow that permeates the entire plot, but it does end on a somewhat hopeful note. It is especially recommended for those who are interested in Southwestern Native American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great book that tells you what Navajo native americans may have faced. It's a great realistic fiction book. We read this in my class, and it kept us turning to the very end. We could feel the different emotions Bright Morning felt, from happiness, grief, worry, and relief. This is a must read for people of all ages!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book for the comprehension part of our grade at school. So far it's been ok, but the beginning was a bore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk i have been reading it until chapter 14 and the last few chapters were interesting but i keep thinking for some reason that the next chapters are gonna be boring.....:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book so far! The book is full of adventure,love, and jokes that will make you want to keep on reading. I reccomend this book to all young readers (Who won't be scared of violence) to read this wittingly clever book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book in school and its great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was slow and did not make sense at all.- Eliza Beth Jones,10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This took me 1 hour to read im 10 but in aig
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can help with history On going problems Great language Can tech about native live Shows how freinds stick together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a amazing book and i totally love it
everydayJL More than 1 year ago
"Sing down the moon is about a girl named Bright Morning she is Indian. There are 3 cowboys that caught Bright Morning and her brother they took them in the house and would not release them. So their father the Chief became worried and found the cowboys note that was left behind with an arrow stuck to the tree, when the cowboys left the kids alone for a minuet the kids escaped and ran home straight to their village. The kids warned their father The Chief that they were all about to be attacked if the village would not surrender to the cowboys. The Indians prepared for the battle that day, the cowboys became scarred and decided to return for a surprise attack later that night I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and action the first few paragraphs of this book captivated my interest and brought a smile to my face." i found this review on the book and it told what i wanna to say prefectly . it is found at http://www.buildingrainbows.com/bookreview/reviewid/20859
iGeek More than 1 year ago
I remeber being in 5th grade and having to read this book with my class (in one of those lame group reading things) anyway, I ended up reading the book like 4 times because I would take it home finish it and and start over again just to read along with the class :-(.... but i really did love it, and I would recommend it to anyone trying to get their kids more into reading....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book and it is not boring it is fun,lol,crazy but beautifully two thumbs up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this heartwarming story!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sing Down the Moon is a poor story that has nothing into it.If you are ready to buy this book, please be ready to get really bored to even write a review on it. There is no main point of this story, only that People are trying to capture the main character, to make her a slave.I would have given this a 0 star, but thre wasn't any.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sing Down the Moon was a boring story to read, yet a must to read. This story had no point, and shoudn't end the way it is.You can read this really quickly, because it's a small book.