Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story by Andrea L. Rogers (Cherokee citizen)
When I first got Mary and the Trail of Tears I checked the About the Author on the last page. Often in children’s literature Native stories are told by non-Natives which can lead to inaccuracies in the portrayal of characters. I was delighted to learn that the author, Andrea L. Rogers is a Cherokee citizen. The story is broken up into dated sections with locations instead of chapters. Children reading this can use those dates to find more information about Cherokee removal. I haven’t read other books from the “Girls Survive” series, so I’m not sure if this is how the other books are broken up as well, but I like it. As a kid who was super into those historical diary books, I was always using the real information to learn more. There is no mincing of words in this telling. Though this story is told in age appropriate language, the conditions of the interment camp are described in limited detail and there is death. I am Western Mono, so I cannot write about this book as a Cherokee citizen would, however it is obviously well researched and in the Author’s Note Rogers thanks many people including other Cherokee citizens. This is an important story and children need to know it. I highly recommend this chapter book. It opens a door to more Native stories being shared.
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