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Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell
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Sing Down the Moon (original 1970; edition 1997)

by Scott O'Dell (Author)

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A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the white soldiers.
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Title:Sing Down the Moon
Authors:Scott O'Dell (Author)
Info:Laurel Leaf (1997), Edition: English Language, 128 pages
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I enjoyed the look into the Navaho tribes and thought that a lot of the story overall was excellently done and tugged at my heartstrings. ( )
  HeidiSV | Apr 22, 2022 |
This was the telling of the forced immigration of the Navajos from their homes in Arizona to Ft. Sumner, from the Navajo point of view. This was novelized, but events contained within the novel were actual events. As always, this author did a superb job of writing during this time period. This is a great read, for any age. 124 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jun 25, 2021 |
The history is interesting - a time and series of events I knew little about - but the story is dull and pointless. Things happen randomly and are narrated point by point, with very little emotion in any of them. She's captured, she escapes, she saves the dog, the boy is wounded, the Long Knives come, they're herded out of the canyon, a child dies, many die, she gets married, she escapes again...there's no difference between these events. And we learn her name only at the very end - since it's apparently rude to say someone's name to them, and the whole thing is from her point of view. Early on she gives a name but we aren't told what it is. I'm not sure why this bothers me, but it does. Very flat and dull. I won't read this again, and I'll be wary of others by him - though O'Dell is supposed to be very good. Hmm, I've read one other by him - and had a similar complaint. I don't think he works for me. Also, what is the title supposed to be about? There's nothing related to it mentioned in the book - I don't even remember any mention of the moon (which is odd for people living as these do). ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 9, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Great read for fifth grade. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
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The story of the Navajo's forced migration from their original homeland in Arizona to Fort Sumner, New Mexico (a 300-mile walk) is told from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old Navajo girl, Bright Morning, in this historical novel set in the 1860s. The book recounts the tragic deprivations suffered by the group both during and after the migration…. A postscript to the book gives the historical background for the story.
 
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On the high mesas above our canyon spring came early this year.
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A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the white soldiers.

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On a beautiful spring morning while grazing their sheep, Bright Morning and her friend Running Bird see two men coming toward them. Right away, Bright Morning knows who the men are: slavers come to the Navaho country to steal girls and sell them to families in town. In minutes, both girls are caught and taken away.But Bright Morning does not give up trying to escape and eventually finds her way back home. What Bright Morning can't know, though, is that the entire Navaho way of life is about to change forever.

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