Books by Tim Tingle

TRUST YOUR NAME by Tim Tingle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"The boys of team Achukma score with veteran readers and recruits alike. (Fiction. 12-16)"
An all-Indian basketball team shoots for a regional summer league championship, but "anti-Indian feelings" and opposing teams threaten to steal it away. Read full book review >
WHEN A GHOST TALKS, LISTEN by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A great introduction to Native American history that's not too heavy for its young audience and is a solid read in its own right. (map, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Narrated by Isaac, a Choctaw boy who was killed while walking the Trail of Tears in 1830, this quick-paced novel sheds light on forgotten histories. Read full book review >
A NAME EARNED by Tim Tingle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 15, 2018

"An empathetic story that any teen dealing with family alcoholism can connect to. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Bobby Byington needed to nearly die in order for his dad to finally stop drinking. Read full book review >
NO MORE NO NAME by Tim Tingle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A lesson in sympathy, delivered with heart. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In this sequel to No Name (2014), Choctaw hoopster Bobby Byington finds common ground and friendship with a rival. Read full book review >
NO NAME by Tim Tingle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 25, 2014

"Expressive and many-layered. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a simply but lyrically told tale, a Choctaw boy builds himself a hole in the ground to hide from his alcoholic father. Read full book review >
DANNY BLACKGOAT, RUGGED ROAD TO FREEDOM by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A suspenseful middle volume. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A resourceful young Navajo's efforts to rescue his family are complicated by dust-ups with a violent gang of slave traders in the second episode of this Civil War-era trilogy (Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner, 2013). Read full book review >
HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR by Tim Tingle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A lyrical, touching tale of love and family, compassion and forgiveness."
In Tingle's (How I Became a Ghost, 2013, etc.) haunting novel, the Trail of Tears is a memory, but the Choctaw people of Oklahoma still confront prejudice and contempt. Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME A GHOST by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"The beginning of a trilogy, this tale is valuable for both its recounting of a historical tragedy and its immersive Choctaw perspective. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A 10-year-old Choctaw boy recounts the beginnings of the forced resettlement of his people from their Mississippi-area homelands in 1830. Read full book review >
DANNY BLACKGOAT, NAVAJO PRISONER by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"Not an angry indictment, despite plenty of explicit brutality and prejudice, but a positive tribute to the fortitude of Danny and his Navajo community. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
The 1863 forced displacement of thousands of Navajo known as the Long Walk serves as milieu for this tale of a teenage survivor. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Clarkson's evocative illustrations bathe each scene in a soft light that accentuates the warmth of the family's love. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A grandmother's life story centers this welcome depiction of a contemporary Choctaw family. Read full book review >
WHEN TURTLE GREW FEATHERS by Tim Tingle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Includes notes on sources. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
In this amusing variation on the traditional tortoise and the hare tale, Turkey tries on Turtle's shell after accidentally cracking and then repairing it. Read full book review >
WALKING THE CHOCTAW ROAD by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"This collection may need some advertising, but readers who discover it will come to appreciate the tales. (Short stories. 10-15)"
A superb storyteller, Tingle has collected Choctaw tales from his great-grandfather's account of the Trail of Tears to his own tale of a summer with his father. Read full book review >