Stone River Crossing by Tom Tingle
Reviewed by: Martha M
Children , Reviews , Young Adult
Title: Stone River Crossing
By: Tom Tingle
Call #: J Tingl.T
Martha Tom, a Choctaw girl, crosses the river and befriends Lil’ Mo whose enslaved family works on a plantation in the Southeastern United States in the early 1800’s. Soon after, Lil’ Mo’s family is threatened with forced separation. Told with humor, warmth and heart, this story has a climax based on Choctaw folklore, told with magical realism. Fascinating and compelling.
Tom Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw who’s traveled back to Mississippi to learn stories from those members of the tribe that resisted relocation. This story is influenced by those tales. Whites, Blacks and Native Americans have in our past joined together to support all “good people” and, Mr. Tingle implies, we can do it again.
Tags: Choctaw Tribe, historical fiction