I think I may have begun an “O’Dell Reading Phase”. Sing Down The Moon by Scott O’Dell is a YA novel about the forced migration of the Navaho people told from the perspective of Bright Morning. The simplicity of the writing somehow manages to amplify the tragedy of the Trail of Tears. A very gripping read.
We slept until the sun was high and awakened with the barking of my black dog. There were soldiers on the trail. By putting our ears to the earth we could hear the footsteps of their horses. But they came from the west. From our hiding place we watched them pass, driving a small band of Navahos toward Bosque Redondo. p. 113.