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On This Long Journey

On This Long Journey

by Joseph Bruchac

When the American government forces the Cherokee Nation westward, their journey becomes known as the Trail of Tears.

Jesse's 1838 journal reveals his sense of alienation and the suffering he witnesses. Offering an example of how hope and forgiveness can prevail, Jesse's diary explores how the Cherokee found the strength to rebuild on their new land.

Joseph Bruchac, a preeminent modern Native American author, accurately represents the tragedy of this moment in history.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Diaries and Journals, Historical Fiction

About the Author

Joseph Bruchac Joseph Bruchac learned a lot from his grandmother, grandfather, and the local farmers and lumberjacks who gathered in his family's store, but it wasn't until he went to college that he heard Native American stories.

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