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Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library.  Photo by author.            “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
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Reading audience key: [E] Young children [C] all children [W] children with adult help [M] middle-school students [H] high school students [G] general readers [S] scholars

Cherokee Studies

• The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story by Joseph Bruchac (Puffin, 1998). [E]
• The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy by Joseph Bruchac (Scholastic, 2001). [C,M] Well-written history of Trail of Tears with first-person point of view; not psychological drama, though.
• The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale by Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross, paintings by Virginia Stroud (Dial, 1995). [E]
• The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter (1976). [M,H,G] Reminiscences of boy who lived with Cherokee grandparents.
• A Cherokee Encyclopedia by Robert J. Conley (U. of Mexico Press hardcover, 2008). [H,S]
• Cherokee Medicine Man: The Life and Work of a Modern-Day Healer by Robert J. Conley (U. of Oklahoma Pr., 2005)
• Cherokee Thoughts Honest and Uncensored by Robert Conley (U. of Oklahoma Pr. trade paperback, Oct. 2008). [H,G,S]
• Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Cornelia Corneissen (Delacorte, 1998). [C] Girl’s point of view.
• The Cherokee by Joyce C. Dugan and B. Lynne Harlan (Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation, 2002)
• Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook by Barbara R. Duncan and Brett H. Riggs (UNC Press, 2003)
• Living Stories of the Cherokee ed. by Barbara Duncan (UNC Press, 1998)
• The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee collected and edited by Barbara R. Duncan, illustrated by Shan Goshorn (UNC Press, 2008). [W,M,H,G] Duncan presents traditional stories, retold by contemporary tellers, and transcribed to capture the feel of oral literature.
• The Opossum’s Tale: A Grandmother’s Story by Deborah L. Duvall, drawing by Murv Jacob (U. of New Mexico Pr., 2005). [E]
• Myrtle Driver Johnson's translation of the "Removal" section of Charles Fraziers' Thirteen Moons (Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 2007). [H,G,S]
• Sequoyah’s Gift: Portrait of the Cherokee by Janet Klausner (HarperCollins, 1993). [C,M]
• The Cherokee Little People: A Native American Tale by MariJo Moore, Illus. by Emma Shaw-Smith (Rigby, 2000). [C]
• The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears by Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green (Penguin Library of American Indian History, hardcover, 2007; trade paperback, 2008). [G, S]
• How Rabbit Tricked Otter and other Cherokee Trickster Stories told by Gayle Ross, illustrated by Murv Jacob (HarperCollins, 1994). [E,C]
• Selu and Kana'Ti: Cherokee Corn Mother and Lucky Hunter by Red Earth (Mondo, 1998). [E]
• Long Man’s Song by Joyce Rockwood (Holt, 1975). Out of print. [C,M] Pre-Columbian Cherokee boy becomes medicine man.
• To Spoil the Sun by Joyce Rockwood (Holt, 2003). A 16th century Cherokee village in the southern Appalachians is warned about invasion and disease. [C]
• Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East edited by Vicki Rozema (John F. Blair, 2002). [H,S]
• Footsteps of the Cherokee: A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation by Vicki Rozema (John F. Blair, 1995)
• Myths of the Cherokee by James Mooney [W,H,G,S]

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Myrtle Driver Johnson's translation of the "Removal" section of Charles Fraziers' Thirteen Moons (Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 2007). [H,G,S?]
The Cherokee Little People C
The Ice Man C
The First Fire C

all three by MariJo Moore


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