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  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: How I Became a Ghost Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The RoadRunner Press; First edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937054535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937054533
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The beginning of a trilogy, this tale is valuable for both its recounting of a historical tragedy and its immersive Choctaw perspective." KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW --Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2013

"...a thrilling caper . . . a recommendation for reluctant readers who like their history tinged with the otherworldly." RECOMMENDED --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Literature

"Tingle, a Choctaw storyteller, relates his tale in the engaging repetitions and rhythms of an oft-told story . . . spare and authentic." --Dean Schneider, THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE

2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award --American Indian Library Association, ALA

2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People --National Council for the Social Studies & Children's Book Council

2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award --American Indian Library Association, ALA

2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People --National Council for the Social Studies & Children's Book Council

About the Author

Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw, a storyteller, and the author of CROSSING BOK CHITTO and WALKING THE CHOCTAW ROAD. His great-great-grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. In 1993, Tingle retraced the trail to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders. HOW I BECAME A GHOST was inspired by these memories. Tingle lives in Canyon Lake, Texas.

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Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900's. Responding to a scarcity of Choctaw lore, Tingle began collecting tribal stories in the early 90's.
In 1992, Tingle began mentoring with Choctaw storyteller Charley Jones. He retraced the Trail of Tears to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders. His family experiences and these interviews with fellow Choctaws in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma----and surprise encounters with Choctaws as far away as Bethel, Alaska----are the basis of his most important writings.
His latest middle grade novel, HOW I BECAME A GHOST, (Roadrunner Press, June 2013), pulls heavily from these interviews. It is a fictional first-person account of a young boy who "becomes a ghost" on the Trail of Tears, but stays on the walk to help family and friends survive. Filled with humor and elements of traditional lore to soften the tragedy, HIBaG includes a shape-shifting panther/teenager, a five-year old ghost sister, a talking dog, and a headstrong teenage girl who refuses to give up. In the June 28 issue of Kirkus, HOW I BECAME A GHOST received a Starred Review, Tingle's first!
Also, in late June of 2013, DANNY BLACKGOAT, NAVAJO PRISONER will be released. A HiLo novel, for teens who read on a more basic level, this tale follows the misadventures of a tough sixteen year-old on the Navajo Long Walk of 1864. Danny fights bullying soldiers, rattlesnakes, and his own fiery temper, till he meets an older prisoner who devises a dangerous escape plan.
HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR, Tingle's first adult novel, is set for release in January of 2014. Fifteen years in the crafting, this novel describes the struggles of Choctaws in pre-statehood Oklahoma, through the eyes of a young girl who witnesses the burning down of New Hope Academy boarding school. Filled with hope in the most tragic of circumstance, HoPC is Tingle's testiment to Choctaw elders who continue to watch over the well-being of the Choctaw Nation and its people. An adventure novel with strong elements of magic realism, HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR is already generating much interest among reviewers.
Every Labor Day, Tingle performs a Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle's State of the Nation Address, a gathering that attracts over ninety thousand tribal members and friends. In June of 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. He was also a tribal storyteller at "Choctaw Days," a celebration honoring the Oklahoma Choctaws at the Smithsonian. He has been a featured storyteller at festivals in forty-two states, including five appearances at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
From 1986-1990, Tingle took regular trips to Mexico, collecting Hispanic ghost stories. He spent his summers in intensive language schools in Cuernavaca and San Miguel de Allende, obtaining a level of fluency in Spanish. Many folktales he learned from these journeys appear in his books for middle school readers, including three versions of "La Llorona." This tale is one of his most requested oral performance pieces.
Tingle received his Masters Degree in English Literature at the University of Oklahoma in 2003, with a focus on American Indian studies. While teaching freshmen writing courses and completing his thesis, "Choctaw Oral Literature," Tingle wrote his first book, Walking the Choctaw Road. It was selected by both Oklahoma and Alaska on the "One Book, One State" program, and was read by students and adults in communities throughout these states. The Anchorage Daily News sponsored Tingle on a two-week tour of Alaskan cities, including remote towns accessible only by sled and frozen rivers in the nine-month winter. WTCR is now studied at universities across the United States and abroad.
As a visiting author and performer, Tingle reaches audiences numbering over 200,000 annually. In 2009, he received a fellowship to write and produce a documentary film, "The Choctaw Lighthorsemen," a historical look at the tribal police force. The film premiered in Honolulu in September of 2011. He has completed eleven speaking tours for the U.S. Department of Defense, performing stories to children of military personnel stationed in Germany.
His first children's book, Crossing Bok Chitto, (Cinco Puntos Press, 2005), garnered over twenty state and national awards, including Best Children's Book from the American Indian Library Association, and was an Editor's Choice in the New York Times Book Review.
In 2010, Tingle welcomed the release of two books; Saltypie, a children's illustrated story of his childhood. Salty was awarded BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK from the American Indian Library Association. Also in 2010, Tingle contributed a story, "Rabbit's Tail Tale," to a multiple award-winning anthology, TRICKSTER.
MORE SPOOKY TEXAS TALES, the second in this series from Texas Tech Press (2009 release), includes scary stories for the 4-7th grade reader, set in modern times: Goth big sisters, runaways, Chupacabra prowlings, La Llorona at a San Antonio wedding, and suburban night-frights. Spooky Texas Tales, released in 2008, has won multiple awards.
For the adult reader, Tingle's short story, "Six Dead Cabbies," appears in the long-awaited anthology, LONE STAR NOIRE, set for a November release at the Texas Book Festival, on the grounds of the state capitol.
And....for fans of CROSSING BOK CHITTO, Tingle has completed a three-book series for the Young Adult reader, describing the adventures of Martha Tom and Lil Mo AFTER the miracle crossing. Expect a dose of kid-friendly American Indian history and Choctaw lore, including witchery, good and bad, evil death owls, snake people, and little men of the swamps and forests. No release date has been set for this exciting series.
For Tingle newcomers, Tim is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. From 2002 to the present, Tingle has performed a traditional Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle's Annual State of the Nation Address at the tribal gathering in Tushkahoma, Oklahoma, a Choctaw reunion that attracts over 90 thousand people!
Tim completed his B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Texas in 1975, and in 2003 received his M.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma (football Saturdays are very interesting!). His stories are inspired by his own childhood and life experiences, and interviews he has conducted with Choctaws in Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, and Alabama over the last twenty years. Since the publication of his first book in 2003, the multiple award-winning WALKING THE CHOCTAW ROAD, Tingle has enjoyed a prolific and busy career. When not performing stories and speaking at festivals, universities, and many, many schools of all grade levels, Tingle divides his time between collecting Choctaw lore in Oklahoma and relaxing and writing on the shores of Canyon Lake, Texas. For a complete listing of books, reviews, and awards, visit his website:
timtingle.com

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Well-told story which weaves fiction with history effectively.
Mick McLeno
The storytelling ability of the author, Tim Tingle (who is a member of the Choctaw nation) is the strength of this book.
Rara75
I can hardly wait for the next book in the How I Became a Ghost series!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg Weiss on June 25, 2013
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Though How I Became a Ghost is listed as a middle grade novel, its attraction goes far beyond the target audience. This is truly a great work with crossover appeal, for early teen through adult readers. In fact, in a culture where everything must be labeled, this book transcends labels. When all the elements are considered, the reader is treated to quite the literary buffet. The story is a rich exploration of Choctaw history and culture, family roles and dynamics, coming of age, generational wisdom, supernatural fiction, classic struggle of good versus evil, ecology, the hero's journey, transformation and redemption...yet to focus your lens too sharply on any one part is to lose sight of the greater merit of this amazing work.

It is written from the perspective of the main character, a 10 year old boy, in a deceptively naive, at times even lighthearted voice--one that is capable of finding humor even in the most dire situations. Yet the boy, who is thrust into tragic circumstances, seems to comprehend their severity and responds with maturity and resolve that both reflect and go beyond his age. It is a delicate balancing act that Tim Tingle's fluid narrative walks with passion and dexterity. Don't be fooled by its easy, and even sparse, conversational style, How I Became a Ghost plays masterfully on a broad range of human emotions. This is storytelling at its finest--put it on the top of your "must read--now" list. It is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane Stenson on July 27, 2013
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This middle level book complete with engaging characters, an aggressive plot, and, yes, ghosts of one sort and another, shows Tingle's mastery of historical fiction. Set in the actual walking of the Trail of Tears, the very personable and smart main character - and his family - are engaged in the mosh pit of history that surrounds all people all the time; but, this history is personal for Tingle.

I gave the book to my eleven year old grand-daughter and it scared her. Why? Because 11 year olds most often know a traditional Thanksgiving version of the First Nations. Yet, 11 year olds are so capable of understanding the long range conflict brought about by the European settlement of this continent. She and I talked about Tim Tingle's imagination and how he constructed the narrative so that it was true to Choctaw thinking and history, and why ghosts might be part of that thinking and history. I asked her if she liked the characters, and she did.....because they were strong, clever, and determined.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 10, 2013
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Master storyteller and award winning author Tim Tingle weaves history, Choctaw culture, stories told to him by his ancestors, and humor into this "can't put it down," middle level novel. Compelling characters and fast-paced plot lay the groundwork for Tingle to introduce an oft overlooked part of history-The Trail of Tears. Tingle's use of ghosts and aptly placed humor, to tell this difficult part of history, is genius. The wisdom imparted in this novel is timeless--" 'Son,' he said, 'you cannot keep your eyes on the bloody footprints you have left behind you. You must keep your eyes on where you are going.' "

From the very first sentence--"Maybe you have never read a book written by a ghost before"--to the last, Tingle takes middle level readers and adults alike on a journey we might not otherwise choose to take. His characters are strong and determined, and wise beyond their years. This first book in the trilogy left me wanting more of Nita, Naomi, Joseph, Isaac, and of course Jumper, the talking dog, as they make the long and arduous journey to Oklahoma. I can hardly wait for the next book in the How I Became a Ghost series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave on August 12, 2013
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What a great gift! I've read few middle grade novels in my time. I don't remember the category when I was in junior high in the early 60's. if a friend, who is Choctaw Indian, had not given me this book, I would never have picked it up. I had no intention of reading it, till I turned to the first page and read the following: "Maybe you have never read a book written by a ghost before. I'm a ghost."

Now I'm an old Alfred Hitchcock fan. How could I not continue reading? I'm also a dog lover, so I understand about talking dogs. This book pulled me in so deep. It also deepened my friendship. Our conversations are different. I ask more, talk less, listen more. This is a moving and unforgettable book.

Before reading it, I knew nothing of the Trail of Tears. I am in awe and can't wait for the next book. Isaac is my newest hero and this book needs to be a movie!
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"How I Bacame A Ghost" swept me right onto the Trail Of Tears more deftly than anything ever has. Because it comes from a ten-year old boy's point-of-view it has that rare childlike innocence, candor and vulnerability that much of the world's best storytelling does. I quickly cared deeply about Isaac, its narrator, as well as his family and friends.

I was plunged deeply and vividly into Choctaw culture and cosmology as an observor rather than as one being instructed. Choctaw cosmology and spirituality is like unto the great Japanese filmmaker, Miyazaki's, but because of the "Choctaw Way" and their vibrabrant Christian faith, it perhaps feels even more like the cosmology of the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament. Yet it is completely enculturated and rings so very true.

I felt like I was walking the trail with Isaac and his loved ones so the book quickly becomes quite the page-turner. I give it my highest recommendation!
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