After Bobby Byington's unforgettable winning high-school season, Coach Robison recruits Choctaw players from several communities to play in a summer league. Coach selects the Panther as the team's mascot, saying, "To many Choctaws, young and old, the Panther is an elder watching over us, helping us when we are in need." As the team gels and moves to the national tournament, they find out they are up against more than other basketball teams. They must deal with racist taunts and unfair sportsmanship on the court. The situation comes to a head when, on the eve of a key game against a bullying opponent, two Choctaw players are arrested for robbery.
Never doubting their innocence, Coach Robison asks, "Who can we trust, and how can we find the truth?"
Tim Tingle is an award-winning author, storyteller and enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Tingle's first children's book, Crossing Bok Chitto, was selected as an Editors' Choice in The New York Times Book Review and won the 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award. Tingle is a frequent speaker at the American Library Association and has lectured and performed across the United States, Canada and Europe. FFor more information, visit www.timtingle.com