With roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world.
childrens books
young adult books
poetry books
fiction books
non-fiction books
graphic novels
first concepts
featured titles

about us
customer service

Teacher's Resources
View & Print our Bilingual Catalog
View & Print our YA Catalog


by Tim Tingle
Usually ships within 48 hours.

A Choctaw elder, beaten by a white sheriff, leads his community in the path of goodness instead of revenge.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-935955-24-1
13-digit ISBN978-1-935955-24-5
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count336
Publication DateFebruary 20, 2013
Starred Review3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars - see reviews
RightsAll Rights Available
"The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins House of Purple Cedar, Rose Goode’s telling of the year when she was eleven in Indian country, Oklahoma.

Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year's Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is blessed by the presence of her grandmother Pokoni and her grandfather Amafo, both respected elders who understand the old ways. Soon after the fire, the white sheriff beats Amafo in front of the townspeople. Yet, instead of seeking vengeance, her grandfather follow the path of forgiveness. And so unwinds this tale of mystery, Chotaw mysticism, and deep wisdom. It's a world where one's values are tested again and again. Where a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. Tim Tingle—a scholar of his nation's language, culture, and spirituality—tells Rose's story of good and evil with compassion and even laugh-out-loud Choctaw humor.

To learn about Tim's inspiration, the real events surrounding the fire, and more about House of Purple Cedar, click here to read his Kirkus Reviews interview.

Listen to his Breakthrough Radio interview on Book Talk with Kory here.

A great piece on Tim (and how it took him 15 years to write this book!) in the San Antonio Current.
Joseph Bruchac, author of Code Talker
“I love this book. There is nothing else quite like it in its loving, clear-eyed description of a people, a time, and a place that are little-known to most. Humor, honesty, lyrical, poetic prose, it has it all—including the voice of a true storyteller bringing it to vivid life. I think of it as a potential classic.”
- September 26, 2013 
School Library Journal
"Rose, a young Choctaw woman of the late 1800s, looks back on a dark episode from her childhood when the racism and fear that paralyzed a town are faced down by the steadfast confidence her grandfather has in the goodness of people to overcome hate. Told with superb storytelling and unforgettable characters."
- Debbie Reese, November 19, 2013  Visit Website
full review >>
Kirkus Reviews
“In quiet, often poetic language drawn from nature’s images…the tale is ripe with symbolism and peopled by riveting characters. A lyrical, touching tale of love and family, compassion and forgiveness.”
- October 20, 2013  Visit Website
full review >>
Shelf Awareness
"An overarching message of forgiveness and love, underscored by themes of patience and resilience, takes House of Purple Cedar from historical to timeless. Readers won't need to be Oklahomans or history buffs to appreciate the book's intricate web of small town happenings and mystical realism. To enjoy this world, you need only an open heart and a love of great stories."
- Jaclyn Fulwood, December 3, 2013  Visit Website
full review >>
Geary Hobson, author of Plain of Jars and Other Stories
"For the past fifteen years, there has been a phenomenal growth of quality literary works by Choctaw Indian writers—Jim Barnes, LeAnne Howe, Louis Owens, Donald L. Birchfield, Ronald B. Querry, Phillip Carroll Morgan, Tim Tingle among them. And now Tim Tingle's House of Purple Cedar comes as the era's crowning achievement."
- January 15, 2014 
Library Journal
"Tingle ... effectively recaptures a piece of buried history."
- June 3, 2014 
full review >>
Rethinking Schools
"Giving voice to characters is perhaps Tim Tingle’s greatest strength."
- May 21, 2014  Visit Website
full review >>
Reading For Sanity 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
“It was beautiful. The events of the story were difficult, but Tim Tingle is a master storyteller. His writing is stunningly perfect, the story he's created here had me glued to my book…”
- Marsh Mayhem, April 29, 2014  Visit Website
full review >>
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Zero Stars
“Tingle’s storytelling is both deeply poetic—the inclusion of Choctaw hymnal lyrics is affecting even for those who can’t read them—and gently spiced with dialect, making this a feast for gourmets of good storytelling…”
full review >>
Click here to view all the reviews

You might also like...

Cursing Columbus
by Eve Tal
Price $16.95

Crossing Bok Chitto
by Tim Tingle
Price $8.95

Dealing Death and Drugs
by Susie Byrd
and Beto O'Rourke
Price $12.95

Other books by this author...

Crossing Bok Chitto
by Tim Tingle
Price $17.95

Walking the Choctaw Road
by Tim Tingle
Price $10.95

Walking the Choctaw Road
by Tim Tingle
Price $16.95

books for kids | young adults | poetry | non-fiction | fiction | on sale | featured titles
submissions | insternships | about us | customer service | contact us | bilingual books
search | privacy statement | ©2001 - 2020 Cinco Puntos Press
Designed by
Stanton Street 

Distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.