Chula the Fox is a middle grade historical novel, steeped in Chickasaw language and culture and set in our tribe’s Homeland, near present-day Mississippi. It tells an honest and often frank story about Chickasaw lives and the challenges our Native American ancestors faced during the early eighteenth century.
Chula, a Chickasaw boy, is suddenly thrown into the murky and treacherous worlds of warfare and adulthood after a traumatic ambush costs him his father. Left haunted by a restless spirit, Chula concludes, in line with the customs of his time, that only vengeance will make things right again.
With the help of his Uncle Lheotubby, and armed with a brand-new musket, Chula hones his skills to become one of the revered Chickasaw warriors. He vows to join a raid against the enemy, regardless of his youth, to avenge his father and put his spirit at peace.
But Chula, his heart full of questions, finds that the greatest war rages within himself. It seems he is foiled at every turn by his nemesis, Nukni, and inwardly he is ambushed by self-doubt.
Is Chula destined for the path of the warrior, or will a different future await him?
Chula the Fox is available through the Chickasaw Press, Amazon and selected bookstores in the United States, and through Amazon in other countries.
Booksellers can order Chula the Fox through the Chickasaw Press, as well as Baker & Taylor (US) and Follett. For more information, please contact the Chickasaw Press by e-mail on: info (at) chickasawpress.com.
Chula the Fox won the 2019 Gold IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for the Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 years) category. This award is given by the Independent Book Publishers Association and is one of the highest honours for independent publishers in the United States.
Chula the Fox won the 2019 Bronze IPPY Award for Multicultural Fiction: Juvenile-Young Adult. The IPPYs are awarded by Independent Publisher magazine and was established as the first awards programme exclusively for independent publishers.
“Succinct and engaging, this coming-of-age story is a necessary addition to library collections.” — School Library Journal, Starred Review
“A well-plotted story rooted firmly in the 18th-century Chickasaw experience, full of genuine details… An engrossing historical novel of Chickasaw life by a member of that nation.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A well-executed and vivid coming-of-age story… An enthralling middle grade novel.” — The Children’s Book Review
“A detailed, well-paced historical middle grade novel.” — Cynsations
A “fascinating and inspiring historical fiction coming of age story.” — Randomly Reading.
- “Native Voice: Anthony Perry on Growing as a Writer“, Cynsations (Blog), 9 May 2019
- “Anthony Perry on ‘Chula the Fox,’ an #OwnVoices Chickasaw Story”, School Library Journal, 21 March 2019
- “A Selection of #OwnVoices Native American Stories & 3 Book Giveaway“, Pragmatic Mom (Blog), 2 January 2019.
- “Chickasaw author’s middle school novel emphasizes need for more Native American books”, The Oklahoman (31 December 2018)