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Age Appropriate For: 10 up for some mild violence, mild blood, and mild romance
Best for Ages: 10 and up
Description: In 1830, a treaty was signed. In 1830, hearts broke. Tears fell on the long journey for twenty thousand. The Choctaw Nation was forced to leave their homelands to preserve their people. But they could not save them all.
For this collection of short stories, Choctaw authors from five U.S. states come together to present a part of their ancestors’ journey, a way to honor those who walked the trail for their future. These stories not only capture a history and a culture, but the spirit, faith, and resilience of the Choctaw people.
From a little girl who begins her journey in a wood box to a man willing to die for the sake of honor, these extraordinary tales of the Choctaw Removal from their homelands delve into raw emotions and come out with the glimmer of hope necessary for the human soul.
Tears of sadness. Tears of joy. Touch and experience each one.
While I studied some about the Trail of Tears while I was in school, not a lot sunk in. This book was educational as well as entertaining.
This book is a collection of short stories that capture the feelings and the people that walked the Trail of Tears. While the stories varied in style, perspective, and ability, each of them was a glimpse into a people that were wronged, yet were resilient. All the stories were clean and could be used to teach homeschool kids about this time in history.
You could feel that each author felt a personal connection to what had happened. In fact, in reading their bios, I found that many of them are decedents of Choctaws that had walked the trail. That personal connection came out in each story and brought them to life.
The faith message varied from story to story. Some of the stories, finding God in the midst of pain or doing what is right when those around you are doing wrong, played a heavy part. Other stories said little to nothing about of matters faith. Some talked of The Great Spirit, or used that title even when referring to the God of the Bible.
Overall, this book was a great taste of what it was like for the Choctaw people during this dark time in their history. I highly recommend it to those who love history, Indians, and short story collections.
I received this book from the editor in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
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