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Allie MacAllister knows better than to run through the woods without a hat. But the sun feels so good on her skin, she barely minds when her mother scolds her for getting as dark as her dog. And Allie knows better than to slip out of Sunday worship to visit Leaf Sweetwater. But she hasn't seen her best friend for days, with all the trouble brewing between the Cherokees and the white settlers. Her parents will never notice she's missed the boring sermon if she hurries back. When Leaf lets Allie try on her new buckskin dress, Allie couldn't be happier. But blind hatred shatters her happiness when army men come to round up Leaf's family, forcing them from their home--and taking Allie with them to walk the cruel Trail of Tears.
As conditions on the trail grow more desperate, the girls' hope of rescue fades away, and all that's left is a grueling nightmare of prejudice and terror. Throughout the harrowing journey, Allie and Leaf share each other's strength and courage, forging a bond of sisterhood greater than any blood tie.
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When Allie MacAllister?s best friend, Leaf Sweetwater, invites her to try on her buckskin dress, Allie couldn?t be happier. Until soldiers interrupt the girls? fun and round up Leaf?s family, forcing them from their home and taking Allie with them. Together they are swept along the harsh Trail of Tears, and joined by thousands of other Cherokee families. As conditions on the trail grow more desperate every day, hope of rescue fades, and all that?s left is a grueling nightmare of prejudice and terror. Throughout the harrowing journey, Allie and Leaf share strength, hope, fear, and courage, forging a bond of sisterhood greater than any blood tie.From the Back Cover:
"The story is good history and an exciting and suspenseful adventure tale, but it’s an even better look at two young people triumphing over serious adversity during an ugly period in American history." — Kirkus Reviews
"An engaging introduction to historical fiction." — School Library Journal
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