What are the best books about the Trail of Tears?

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    #1Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears is a historical fiction written by Veda Boyd Jones. Originally published in 2006, it focuses on the story of Nellie Starr, a young Cherokee girl caught in America's expansion in 1838.

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    Kathleen Young
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is a great piece of historical fiction. Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears is a book about a girl who is brave and fearless girl who goes through expansion in the US. The lessons are great in the book, especially the one about faith. "
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    #2Abraham's Well: A Novel

    Abraham's Well: A Novel

    Abraham's Well is a historical fiction written by Sharon Ewell Foster. Originally published in 2006, it offers authentic slave narratives provided by Black Cherokee during America's expansion in 1838.

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    Kathy Gibson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "For someone not completely familiar with the details of the Trail of Tears, this book made me connect so much to the main character's struggles. It's also led me to seek out other books that go further in depth on the topic. Sure, it's not completely accurate, but it captures the spirit of what it must have been to go through that."
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    #3Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears is a memoir written by Jerry Ellis. Originally published in 1991, it focuses on the author's experiences in retracing the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

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    George Soto
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is perhaps one of my favorite history books. It's America at it's worst, and it shows the real life consequences of the actions of a few. It's heartbreaking, and poignant."
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    #4Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears

    Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears

    Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears is a book about Cherokee Indians that is written by Alex W. Bealer. Originally published in 1996, it focuses on the struggles of the Cherokee Indians during America's expansion.

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    Howard Green
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Only the Names Remain is a surprisingly honest and well written book about the Trail of Tears considering the reading level it was written at. This is a must read for 5th graders and up to learn about the actual historic struggles that took place and how horrible it must have been."
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    #5Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

    Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

    Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears is a historical fiction by Robert J. Conley. Published in 1995, it recounts the struggles of the Cherokee people after they were driven away from their homelands during America's expansion.

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    Catherine Grant
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the trail of tears is the book about the trail of tears. It is the moving tale of Waguli (Whippoorwill") and Oconeechee, a young Cherokee man and woman separated by the Trail of Tears. The story is nice and would like to read it once again."
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    #6Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)

    Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)

    The Trail of Tears is a non-fiction book about the Cherokee people by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Diana Magnuson. Published in 1999, it recounts the struggles of the Cherokee people when they were driven away from their homelands.

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    Walter Harris
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) is the 5th book in the step into reading series. It tells of the famous "Trail of Tears" where the Cherokee Nation was forced to leave their homeland and travel 1,200 miles to Oklahoma"
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    #7Creek Mary's Blood

    Creek Mary's Blood

    Creek Mary's Blood is a historical fiction written by Dee Brown. Originally published in 1983, it focuses on the struggles of a Cherokee woman and her decendants during the events in the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

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    Samuel Maldonado
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Creek Mary's Blood is a fantastic book about the Trail of Tears. I have read other books covering this same time frame and it is absolutely amazing how well this book was researched and how well it tells this sad story."
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    #8Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears is a historical fiction written by Cornelia Cornelissen. Originally published in 1999, it focuses on the struggles of the Cherokee people during America's expansion in 1837-1838.

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    Amy Cruz
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Not sure how to judge this one. Generally, if I want to learn about historical events I prefer non-fiction books, not novels. But this one is for kids, so the emotional punch of a novel might help them understand those terrible events better than some old history book. Still, of all the books about the Trail of Tears this one is only ok."
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