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The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864
Dear America Series Book #18 of 43 in alphabetical order (switch to publication order)
Author: Ann Turner

Book Info

Published on September 1, 1999
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.1 (5.0 Points, Quiz #32208)
GLE: 6.2
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 920L

The diary of Sarah Nita, a thirteen-year old Navajo girl, which describes the Navajos' forced 400-mile walk from their ancestral homeland to Fort Sumner in 1864.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
My mother bends over the plants near the red mesa.

Back Cover:
Mean Mouth shouts directions
There are so many men in blue! They make loud cries, their horses stamp, and all the time the Nakai is shouting directions to us... ."Make a line, all together! You can bring your animals."

Kaibah names him Mean Mouth for his tight, skinny lips, and I pull hard on her hand, reminding her that he understands our language and that we must be careful.

Mean Mouth tells us that we are going to the Place of the Soldiers, where we will be protected from our old enemies, the Utes. The white men will help us and feed us, for they can see that we are starving. Now is the time to stop raiding and stealing and become the kind of people that the Great White Father wants us to be.

I am so confused and afraid that the words stream over me like smoke. Where are they taking us? Will they kill us along the way?

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