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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; English Language edition (March 26, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440979757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440979753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The very simplicity of the writing, at times almost terse, makes more vivid the tragedy of the eviction and the danger and triumph of the return." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

"The forced migration of Navahos from their original homeland in Arizona to Fort Summer, New Mexico, is described from the Indian point of view in a poignantly moving first-person story about Navaho life in the mid-1860s." --Booklist

"Beautifully written, immensely moving, Sing Down the Moon is a memorable reading experience--for any age." --Book World

"The very simplicity of the writing, at times almost terse, makes more vivid the tragedy of the eviction and the danger and triumph of the retum. Recommend." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

"An outstanding Book of the Year." --The New York Times.


More About the Author

Scott O'Dell (1898-1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to all ages and genders.
Ennis F.
When I read this book I thought that the book was interesting and at the sametime a little sad.
A Person that is a Navajo
I can't really say anything else because it hurts so bad just to read and talk about it.
Tiffany

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 33 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book I read was called Sing Down the Moon. It is about a Navaho girl named Bright Morning. She tells about all the adventures she has had. She tells about when slave traders captured her and what she does. I learned about Navaho life and how the United States soldiers treated Navaho people. The soldiers forced the Navaho people out of their canyon and forced them to walk to Fort Sumner. I liked the book very much. I liked hearing what life was like for the Navahos in the 1860's from the point of view of a girl close to my age. It was very exciting. There was a lot of action. I especially liked the part where Bright Morning and her husband Tall Boy escape the Long Knives. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Navaho history and likes an exciting adventure story.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
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I am from the four corners area and am wondering about how much research Scott C'Dell did for this book? I have never heard of mesquite growing around here or aspen in Canyon de Chelly or of the pueblo people eating dog meat and...... the owl a GOOD OMEN? I don't think so!!!! Any one from this area that has any knowledge of the Navajo culture knows that OWLS ARE NOT GOOD OMENS!!! I am reading this book with my class and am so frustrated by the fact that such a good author would be so negligent. The other students don't seem to notice the problems that I have with the book, except of course the Navajo students. I was happy to see the reviews from children who agree with what I was thinking. I am an adult student.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Green Marker Girl on May 13, 2006
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One morning, while Navaho fourteen year old Bright Morning and her friend Running Bird are out in the fields of their home, Canyon de Chelly, tending sheep, they see strange men approaching. Before they can stop it, Bright Morning is kidnapped by the men, who turn out to be Spanish Slave-holders, and take her to a South-Western town, dominantly Mexican. She is sold as a slave to a Spanish speaking family, where she meets another slave, who can speak her language. Bright Morning tries desperately to find a way to get back to her people. The other slave imprisoned with her tells her the way, and Bright Morning is able to make a narrow escape back to her people. But when she returns, she finds her village under occupation of the "Long Knives", or American soldiers. After she is forsed into an arranged marriage with another Indian, Tall Boy, the Long Knives push the Navaho out of their land- and onto one of the most memorable events in American history- the Trail of Tears. Many all around her suffer and eventually die as they continue to walk on.

A very well written story, and very informative.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Bright Morning is a 14-year-old girl. It all started when she was grazing her sheep with her friend Running Bird. All of a sudden Bright Morning's dog started to bark, and birds started to chatter. Then Running Bird turned around and saw Spanish settlers. They started coming toward them. They asked them where Corn Mountain was. Bright Morning pointed out the direction to the mountain. The settlers came closer, and closer. Then in an instant they were beaten up and tied together. Where will they go and how will they get back to the Mesa where they live? Read the book Sing Down the Moon to find out what happens.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 11, 2002
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Sing Down the Moon is a story written by Scott O'Dell about a Navaho girl named Bright Morning. This is a very interesting book for those people out there that perfer an adventure over sitting on the couch. This story is about when Bright Morning being able to finally take her mother's sheep out during spring with her friend Running Bird. Then, all of a sudden, Spanish slaves appear over the hill to capture children, later to be sold. Of course they capture Bright Morning and Running Bird. They travel to a town where Bright Morning recognized no one and was sold to a lady that was very kind to her, yet Bright Morning was still unhappy. Later she met a girl named Nehana who also wants to escape. Will they escape? You have to read to find out. This book was a little too short for my taste, but nonetheless it was very exciting! The book leaves you wondering: What's going to happen next? Is she going to make it? I normally don't like historical fictions, but for this book I'll make an exception.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2000
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I am a teacher and I read this book with my fifth graders every year. The book seems to be very easy, as the language and perspective are that of a young Navaho woman, but there is more to this book than meets the eye. The themes of personal freedom and happiness are woven throughout the book and the ending is both satisfying and hopeful. Maybe my classes have liked this book because I'm there to guide them through it. For independant reading, probably 11 or 12 year-old children are too young to truly appreciate the concepts. However, I must say that I love this book and I feel that it is an excellent example of historical fiction. The author weaves the story within the historical context without being sentemental, a rare feat in kids' historical fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2004
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I had forgotten about this books until tonight when I came across it during a search. I read it when I was either in the 4th or 5th grade. I remember how much I loved it. I'm now studying to teach middle school social studies and language arts. I'll probably use "Sing Down the Moon" in my classroom once I am teaching.
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