The Journal of Jesse Smoke by Joseph Bruchac
A Cherokee Boy, Trail of Tears, 1838 (My Name Is America)

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Jesse Smoke, a sixteen-year-old Cherokee, begins a journal in 1837 to record stories of his people and their difficulties as they face removal along the Trail of Tears. Includes a historical note giving details of the removal.
 

About Joseph Bruchac

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Joseph Bruchac is the author of "Skeleton Man", "The Return of Skeleton Man", "Bearwalker", "The Dark Pond", and "Whisper in the Dark", as well as numerous other critically acclaimed novels, poems, and stories, many drawing on his Abenaki heritage. Mr. Bruchac and his wife, Carol, live in upstate New York, in the same house where he was raised by his grandparents.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Scholastic Inc.. 176 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The text here becomes acutely self-conscious: when asked for whom he is writing the journal, Jesse stumbles for a moment and then says, “Anyone”—which excuses a lot of the exposition that would not likely occur in an actual journal.

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Read about Jesse's struggle to survive and the new life he and his fellow Native Americans build in the Oklahoma territory.

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