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A Choctaw boy tells in his own words the story of his tribe's removal from the only land its people have ever known, and how their journey to Oklahoma led him to become a ghost — one with the ability to help those he left behind. Isaac leads a remarkable foursome of Choctaw comrades: a tough minded teenage girl, a shape-shifting panther boy, a lovable five-year-old ghost who only wants her mom and dad to be happy, and Isaac's talking dog, Jumper. The first in a series, How I Became a Ghost thinly disguises an important and oft-overlooked piece of history.
Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller who travels the country sharing the stories and history of his tribe before more than 200,000 people each year. His first children's book, Crossing Bok Chitto garnered more than twenty state and national awards, including Best Children's Book from the American Indian Library Association; it was also named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. In 2010, Tingle welcomed the release of Saltypie, a children's illustrated story of his childhood. Saltypie was selected as a 2011 American Library Association Notable Book. Tingle holds a master's degree in English literature, with a focus on American Indian studies, from the University of Oklahoma. His latest book is the juvenile novel, How I Became a Ghost (The RoadRunner Press, July 2013). He makes his home in south Texas.