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How I became a ghost : a Choctaw Trail of Tears story  Cover Image Book Book

How I became a ghost : a Choctaw Trail of Tears story / Tim Tingle.

Tingle, Tim, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781937054533
  • ISBN: 1937054535
  • Physical Description: 141 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma : The RoadRunner Press, 2013.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Maps on endpapers.
Summary, etc.:
Told in the words of Isaac, a Choctaw boy who does not survive the Trail of Tears, How I Became a Ghost is a tale of innocence and resilience in the face of tragedy. From the opening line, "Maybe you have never read a book written by a ghost before," the reader is put on notice that this is no normal book. 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.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12.
HL480L Lexile
Decoding demand: 80 (high) Semantic demand: 98 (very high) Syntactic demand: 74 (high) Structure demand: 85 (very high) Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.6 4 165811.
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 3.6 4.0 165811.
Accelerated Reader 3.6.
Awards Note:
American Indian Youth Services Literature Award, Middle school award winner, 2014
Subject: Choctaw Indians > Relocation > Juvenile fiction.
Indian Removal, 1813-1903 > Juvenile fiction.
Choctaw boys > Juvenile fiction.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Ghost stories.
Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Stone County.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Stone County-Crane J TIN (Text) 31358000557293 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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