Captured Words

By Frances Williams Browin
Level 5

It can’t be done. At least that’s what everyone but Oquana and her father, Sequoya, think. They won’t let others’ doubts deter them, though, for Sequoya’s dream is too important: the Cherokee people need a written language for communication and so their history and stories won’t be forgotten. The task of capturing words on paper isn’t easy though. Dislike and mistrust plague Oquana and Sequoya every step of the way, but they keep trying, for they may be running out of time. The Cherokee Nation has begun to split up, and a written language may be the key to keeping peace between the two groups.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region North America, United States, Native American, Cherokee
Period 19th Century, 1800s
Genre Biography
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • Hard to Find
  • Gentle Favorite
  • 3 Entertainment Value
  • 5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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