Sing Down the Moon

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Dell, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 137 pages
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The Spanish Slavers were an ever-present threat to the Navaho way of life. One lovely spring day, fourteen-year-old Bright Morning and her friend Running Bird took their sheep to pasture. The sky was clear blue against the red buttes of the Canyon de Schelly, and the fields and orchards of the Navahos promised a rich harvest. Bright Morning was happy as she gazed across the beautiful valley that was the home of her tribe. She tumed when Black Dog barked, and it was then that she saw the Spanish slavers riding straight toward her. "The forced migration of Navahos from their original homeland in Arizona to Fort Summer, New Mexico, is described from the Indian point of view in a poignantly moving first-person story about Navaho life in the mid-1860's."-THE "Booklist." "Beautifully written, immensely moving, "Sing Down The Moon" is a memorable reading experience--for any age."-Book World. "The very simplicity of the writing, at times almost terse, makes more vivid the tragedy of the eviction and the danger and triumph of the retum. Recommend."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. "An outstanding Book of the Year."- "The New York Times."

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User Review  - fuzzi - LibraryThing

A gentle tale of a young Navajo maiden around the time of that nation's own "Trail of Tears". Not graphic, but somber, and definitely worth a read for youth or adults. Read full review

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User Review  - Adilinaria - LibraryThing

Not nearly as bad as Zia but not nearly as good as Island. I think if I'd read this one as a kid I would have loved it. It certainly didn't have the power to transcend age groups like some children's ... Read full review


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Scott O'Dell was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 23, 1898. He attended Occidental College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and University of Rome. He worked as a technical director for Paramount, a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a book editor of a Los Angeles newspaper before serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. The recipient of numerous book awards, he established the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction in 1981. He died on October 15, 1989.

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