Mary and the Trail of Tears

A Cherokee Survival Story

Twelve-year-old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father. Facing horrors such as internment, violence, disease, and harsh weather, Mary perseveres and helps keep her family and friends together until they can reach the new Cherokee nation in Indian Territory. Featuring nonfiction support material, a glossary, and reader response questions, this Girls Survive story explores the tragedy of forced removals following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

“This is an important story and children need to know it. I highly recommend this chapter book. It opens a door to more Native stories being shared.”

Author Catherine Baty

Educators Resources:

7 Ideas for Educators to Consider Before Teaching the Trail of Tears


Libraries, schools, and bookstores should use their local Capstone Vendor to purchase copies of Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Story. Individuals who wish to purchase a signed copy of Mary and the Trail of Tears, please use the contact form to check on availability. If copies are available, you will receive an invoice via Paypal. Book costs through the author are $26 for hardback + $2.75 for shipping via USPS. The paperback is $8 + $2.75 for shipping via USPS. Tax is 8.25%.

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