Ayita and Gray Wolf: Struggle and Survival on the Trail of Tears

Ayita and Gray Wolf: Struggle and Survival on the Trail of Tears


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Ayita is a tall, fourteen-year-old Cherokee Indian girl with flowing black hair and keen brown eyes. She and her tribe have lived peacefully in Georgia for generations.

But when the United States government wants their land for new white immigrants and their families, the Cherokee are forced to leave their homeland and travel hundreds of miles west across the country to lands in Oklahoma known as the Indian Territory.

During this perilous journey, known to history as the Trail of Tears, they encounter countless hardships, including bitter cold, inadequate supplies, and hostile white people. After several months on the trail, Ayita, her twelve-year-old sister Awinita, and their grandmother become separated from the others. Scared and confused, they must find a way back to their people, as well as overcome the hunger, fatigue, and loneliness surrounding them. Hope comes to them in the unlikely form of a gray wolf, but can they find the courage to continue?

For fans of Sharon Creech, Jean Craighead George, and Kenneth Thomasma, Ayita and the Gray Wolf is a stirring coming-of-age tale of two girls overcoming tremendous obstacles as they attempt to survive in the face of unspeakable danger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517543228
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/14/2016
Pages: 110
Sales rank: 583,507
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Beverly J. Valtierra, PhD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, social worker, and published author. She has many years of experience teaching, writing, and working to help heal tragic lives. Her family was from Oklahoma, and she grew up hearing many stories of the Cherokee Indians. The Trail of Tears was the one story that stuck with her, and now she wants to tell that story so it will not be forgotten or lost.

Judy Fields,BS., MA, (Education) has taught American history at primary, secondary, and college levels for over thirty years. Her specific field of research and classroom expertise has been the injustice done by the US government to the Native Americans, especially the tribes of the Plains. The Trail of Tears was an especially tragic event she wanted known.

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