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El Paso Scene

This childhood memoir by Choctaw author Tim Tingle, celebrates the strength and life of his “Mawmaw,” (grandmother) and her use of the phrase “Saltypie” to deal with troubles small and tragic. The book deals with the common memories of country life, the sad reality of racism against Native Americans in the mid 20th Century, and the importance of family, all told without preaching or accusing. However, the book grasped me (and my own 8-year-old daughter) with a surprising sad discovery from young Tingle concerning his grandmother, and the just-as-surprising happy conclusion.
The story is accompanied by beautiful painted illustrations by artist Karen Clarkson in her children’s book debut.
Tingle, once again, produces a tale well-told, well-remembered and destined to be well received by readers of all ages.
- Lisa Kay Tate, 

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