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Told first-person by a young Choctaw boy who does not survive the Trail of Tears, How I Became a Ghost is a tale of innocence and hope in the face of untold tragedy. Tingle creates a remarkable foursome of Choctaw comrades: a tough-minded teenage girl, a shape-shifting panther teenage boy, a loveable five-year-old ghost who only wants her mom and dad to be happy, and the young narrator, who struggles to remember what a ghost can and cannot do. And let’s not forget the talking and insightful dog, Jumper. The first in a trilogy, How I Became A Ghost thinly disguises the harsh reality of the Choctaw Trail of Tears, an important and oft-overlooked history with page-turning tension and deft humor.