No Name

  • Pages:168
  • Publisher:Book Publishing Company
  • Themes:Indigenous, Native American, coming of age, courage, determination
  • Available:09/01/2014
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Reading Level:2.5
  • Lexile:HL530L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:M
Inspired by the traditional Choctaw story “No Name,” this modern adaptation features a present-day Choctaw teenager surviving tough family times—his mother left home and he is living with a mean-spirited, abusive father. The one place the teen can find peace is on the neighborhood basketball court. But after a violent confrontation with his father, the teen runs away, only to return home to find an unexpected hiding spot in his own backyard. His hiding spot becomes his home for weeks until the help and encouragement from a basketball coach, a Cherokee buddy and a quiet new next-door girlfriend help him face his father.
"Tingle's story draws from a Choctaw story about No Name, a boy who also has a difficult relationship with his father. I especially like the parts of the story where Danny and his friend, Johnny, talk about the Choctaw Nation and water rights...Gritty, real stories, of our daily lives in 2014 are too few and far between. We need more books like Tingle's No Name. Get a copy for your library. Choose your framework for sharing it: it is a basketball story; it is a realistic story of alcoholism; it is a story about the Choctaw people."
– American Indians in Children's Literature
"In a simply but lyrically told tale, a Choctaw boy builds himself a hole in the ground to hide from his alcoholic father...Bobby’s mixed emotions toward his own flawed father, and his father’s toward him, are conveyed in straightforward yet revealing lines of dialogue and first-person narration...Expressive and many-layered."
– Kirkus Reviews