To Spoil the Sun by Joyce Rockwood

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A classic about the devastation of smallpox is back in hardcover after many years

"'You cannot imagine what it [smallpox] is like. It falls on everyone and soon there is no one who can stand. It is like a fire that sweeps through the town, an invisible fire. People begin to fall with fever, and blisters rise on their skin and turn to running sores, and there is no way to give them comfort.'

I reeled at the force of it, horror-struck, unable to imagine it."

It is the sixteenth century and Rain Dove, a young Cherokee girl, lives in Mulberry Town. If things continue the way they always have, she can look forward to choosing a husband (her grandmother advises picking a young warrior) and raising a family. But after smallpox strikes, life for the people of the Seven Clans will never be the same.

About Joyce Rockwood

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Joyce Rockwood was born in the Midwest but has spent most of her life in Georgia. She studied anthropology at the University of Georgia, where her husband, Charles Hudson, is a professor of anthropology. Together they have immersed themselves in researching the culture and history of the Native Americans of the South. Other highly acclaimed books Ms. Rockwood has written about Native Americans include Long Man's Song and Groundhog's Horse, as well as Apalachee, an award-winning adult novel published under the name Joyce Rockwood Hudson.
Published September 1, 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 136 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Three omens came to the Cherokee tribe—first the snake in the winter, then the burning of the honey locust tree, and finally, the loss of the ancient fire.

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It's a year of bad omens for the Seven Clans, the Cherokee tribe of To Spoil the Sun (1976) by Joyce Rockwood. Rain Dove is worried about the omens, but clan conflicts and her time to choose a husb

Sep 01 2003 | Read Full Review of To Spoil the Sun

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