A new serial story for young readers began Sept. 8 in the Oologah Lake Leader and runs through Oct. 27.
“They Cried on the Trail” is a weekly chapter story that follows two Cherokee Indian children as they journey to Oklahoma on what would become the Trail of Tears.
The historical fiction story is provided exclusively to Oklahoma newspapers by the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation. One chapter will appear each week.
The eight-chapter serial tells the fictional story of John Whitefeather and his parents’ six-month trek after being forced to leave their home in Georgia. They find a new friend, Sally, during the 1,000-mile journey to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The names of the children are fictional and the story is not based on any real family.
The series was written by Carolyn Estes of the Oologah Lake Leader. Illustrations are by Blake Hope, an Oologah college student.
Serial stories are short novels published as individual chapters in the newspaper.
Kids can create their own scrapbook for “They Cried on the Trail.” To create a scrapbook, gather between 6 and 10 sheets of paper and place several staples along the left edge. On the front page design a cover illustration and write the story’s title. Cut out each chapter from the newspaper and paste or attach it to the pages of the book. After eight weeks the story will be complete.