Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5S4.319900
Soft Rain is 9 years old when her life changes. Without warning, white soldiers arrive at her house. They command Soft Rain and her mother to come with them, taking only the possessions they can instantly pack and carry. They are forced to leave behind Soft Rain's blind grandmother, her father and brother, and even her puppy.

It is 1838, the year of the enforced westward relocation of all the Cherokee people. The long and dangerous journey, across rivers and over mountains, through rain and snow, is an unwelcome adventure for Soft Rain and her people. Soft Rain's inspiring story of strength and hope is a testament to all those who lived through the Trail of Tears.
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published on September 8, 1998 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385322534
ISBN-13: 9780385322539
3 Book Reviews
  • applemango
    applemangoabout 2 years55 stars
    Through rocks, mountains, lakes, rivers, all by foot. Some cry, some scream, some mourn for their loss. Ripped moccasins, ragged clothes. Disease, famine, death. Soft Rain, a Cherokee girl is living a wonderful life. Learning to read, hearing many stories from her beloved grandmother. Suddenly, one day she is forced out of her home with her mother. Hawk Boy, her brother, and her father are nowhere to be found. On a long hard journey with harsh conditions, her best friend Green Fern, passes on, due to a “white men” disease. In this time everyone helps each other. Many people pass on. When finally she regroups with her family the joy is overflowing. How will her new life be like? What is the West like? When Soft Rain crosses the final river those are her thoughts…
    • greenelephant
      greenelephantover 7 years55 stars
      THIS ABOUT A CHEROKEE GIRL NAMED SOFT RAIN AND HER LIFE-CHANGING TRIP TO THE WEST. THE SOLDIERS LEFT HER GRANDMOTHER AT THE HOUSE,AND LOST HER FATHER AND BROTHER.
      • audreyjohnson
        audreyjohnsonabout 8 years33 stars
        I learned a lot about the Cherokee Indians reading this book. The main character was a young Cherokee Indian girl named Soft Rain who was forced to move West by the white men. She overcame many obstacles on her travels to survive.