Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness Into Light (Paperback)
American Indian Youth Literature Award, American Library Association (ALA)
Notable Children's Book, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine
Storytelling World Honor Award, Storytelling World
Wordcraft Circle Children's Literature Award, Wordcraft Circle
Saltypie is the sweet taste of Choctaw tears in this powerful picture-book memoir.
Bee stings on the backside That was just the beginning. Tim was about to enter a world of the past, with bullying boys, sharp stones, and Indian spirits of long ago. But they were real spirits, real stones, very real memories....
In this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated family saga, Choctaw author and storyteller Tim Tingle describes his childhood and how he discovered his grandmother's painful history--from her orphan days at an Indian boarding school to hardships encountered in her new home on the Gulf Coast. But throughout these struggles, she kept her quiet, funny laugh and the love of family that held all the Tingles together.
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.