Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light (Hardcover)

Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light (Hardcover)

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Artist:  Tim Tingle

Illustrator: Karen Clarkson 

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press (2010)

Bee stings on the backside! That was just the beginning. Tim was about to enter a world of the past, with bullying boys, stones and Indian spirits of long ago. But they were real spirits, real stones, very real memories…

In this powerful family saga, author Tim Tingle tells the story of his family’s move from Oklahoma Choctaw country to Pasadena, TX. Spanning 50 years, Saltypie describes the problems encountered by his Choctaw grandmother—from her orphan days at an Indian boarding school to hardships encountered in her new home on the Gulf Coast.

Tingle says, “Stories of modern Indian families rarely grace the printed page. Long before I began writing, I knew this story must be told.” Seen through the innocent eyes of a young boy, Saltypie is the story of one family’s efforts to honor the past while struggling to gain a foothold in modern America.

2011 Skipping Stones honor book

2011 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Grades 4-6

2012 WordCraft Circle Children's Literature Award