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Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story



Publisher & Publication Year

Capstone Press, 2020

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Andrea L. Rogers (Cherokee Nation)

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Matt Forsyth



Twelve-year-old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father. Facing horrors such as internment, violence, disease, and harsh weather, Mary perseveres and helps keep her family and friends together until they can reach the new Cherokee nation in Indian Territory. Featuring nonfiction support material, a glossary, and reader response questions, this Girls Survive story explores the tragedy of forced removals following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 began the forced relocation of several Native tribes, including the Cherokee. This is a tender story of a removal that will resonate with young readers.

Notable Achievements

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) Best Books of 2020; NPR's Book Concierge Best Books of 2020


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