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There are LOT of reasons I love Eric Gansworth's debut novel, and there's lot of entrance points for a broad range of readers, too.If you're looking for a book with any of these, IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE delivers Native charactersKids with parents in the Air ForceBooks in which Beatles/Queen figure prominentlySingle momViet Nam vetCross cultural friendshipsMy full review is at American Indians in Children's LiteratureWhat I like about Eric Gansworth's IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE An AMAZING book can't wait for his next title to come out in May 2018! This book gave me so much to think about, and I'm very happy that 1) I read this for a Librarian Battle of the Books and 2) I already had it in my MSHS library Should be required reading in all schools in the US. Review is below PSA that everyone should know about When I first started If I Ever Get Out of Here I immediately wanted to compare it to Sherman Alexie's amazing The Absolutely True Diary of A PartTime Indian Which is absolutely terrible of me If I Ever Get Out of Here is a good book in it's own right It doesn't need to be compared to Alexie's work There is room forthan one YA book about the American Indian experience growing up on a reservation First I want to address the similarities because I know everyone's curious Yes the books have a few things in common The main characters are students of aboveaverage intelligence that are surrounded by white classmates who don't always understand them They're poor and live on a reservations That's pretty much it Let's not talk about how many white YA main characters are written as smart misunderstood kids because I'm pretty sure that's a commonality among most heroes and heroines As for the rest, I think that's just a realistic portrayal of the American Indian experience (Being white and from Kentucky it's hard to actually know that though) So now that I've gotten that out of the way let's talk about the book (And FYI that was not to criticize anyone else That was 100% to criticize the way I originally approached reading this book) Lewis is a poor boy, like pretty much everyone on the rez, but unlike all of his Indian friends he was placed in a higher level class by the guidance counselor Intelligencewise, Lewis belongs in that class but socially he has trouble fitting in He doesn't have the money to buy nice clothes, doesn't know how to dress and doesn't hang out where all of the white kids do.When Lewis finds out there's going to be a new kid in his class he hopes for another Indian What he gets instead is George, a military brat who's just moved to rural New York from Guam Against the odds, George and Lewis become best friends They're both big fans of the Beatles, Wings and Queen Even though they are friends, it's painfully obvious at times that they don't understand each other's lives.While on onehand this book is about growing up on a reservation, it's also about growing up in poverty To me that's where this book really struck a chord After seeing George's nice clean house, Lewis's makes up lie after lie to avoid inviting George to his home It's not because he doesn't like George or doesn't trust him It's because he's ashamed Lewis lives with his singlemother and disabled uncle and it's hard to keep the house clean and pay the bills His house is falling apart and he doesn't want George to see how he really lives Reading the sections about poverty and Lewis's shame was painful, but in absolutely the best way because those sections rang heartbreakingly true.This book deals with friendship realistically, with all it's embarrassments, pitfalls and awkward moments but also how friends overcome obstacles, arguments and ultimately forgive In some ways this book is very sad and bittersweet, but mostly because it chooses to be realistic And I like that It doesn't beat around the bush or give you a neatlywrappedbox ending Instead it just tells you a story, gives you a window into someone else's life experience and hopefully increases your understanding and empathy because of it.I received an advance reading ebook in exchange for an honest review For this review andcheck out my blog Galavanting Girl Books I have to be honest The narrator's voice sometimes sounds unnatural as he educates his friends (and the reader) The book is very educational, and earnest The bits of actual adventure are relatively brief And there's hardly any humor to leaven the message.Otoh, it's fascinating, and important, and will definitely make all the difference to the right boys, and fill appalling empty gaps in collections Just, teachers, tread lightly, and please don't spoil it for your students by telling them how to dissect it or how to feel about it.Recommended by me and by Debbie Reese.(Btw, I now officially feel old I'm almost the same age as the kids, and this is referred to as historical fiction.) Lewis Shoe Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in : the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof What he's not used to is white people being nice to himpeople like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie and to hide the reality of his family's poverty from George He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath But when everyone else is on Evan's side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis's homewill he still be his friend?Acclaimed adult author Eric Gansworth makes his YA debut with this wry and powerful novel about friendship, memory, and the joy of rock 'n' roll I don't want to compare this to The Absolutely True Diary of a PartTime Indian, because every single review compares the two I'm pretty sure this is because that book is just about the only book with a Native American protagonist that almost anyone has ever read, but you know there we go.All of that aside, I did really enjoy this book Part of it was the fact that this book takes place in the '70's that notquitehistoricalfictionyet is one of my favorite time periods for books to be set in Like, the Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, or the The Miseducation of Cameron Post type of deal As well as that, this is the story of Lewis, a Native American kid who's the only one from his class to get into the 'smarter' class at the white school There's issues with a bully, with a friend that he doesn't quite want to take back to his house, and just a plethora of things that you don't really think about The author, Eric Gansworth, grew up on the reservation that Lewis lives on, and I kind of assume that at least parts of this book are autobiographical And I find it really interesting I think it's an important book, too, and one that needs to be readTalked aboutLike, dude, I'm all for diversity in books, but one group of people that always gets shunted to the side is the Native American population You get books like this, and Sherman Alexie's, but other than that, you've got nothing This is a fairly recent YA release, and a) I'm definitely going to be reviewing it on my channel, forthan one reason, and b) it was great, so go read it My thoughts are all jumbled on this book, and this review wasn't all that coherent, but my main point is this was great, and there need to bebooks like it And also read it. Another shout out to Powell’s Daily Dose for alerting me to this YA novel about Lewis Blake, a middleschool boy growing up in the Tuscarora Reservation in upstate New York in the 1970’s Like Junior in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a PartTime Indian, Lewis moves between two different worlds—the mostly white world of his junior high, where he gets tracked into the “smart section” but he is the only reservation kid—and his home on the Tuscarora reservation—where he lives with his mom and Uncle Albert in a dilapidated house with no indoor plumbing After a disastrous sixth grade year, Lewis hopes that seventh grade will be different and his encounter with a new kid, George Haddonfield, on the first day seems to suggest that it will Recently relocated to the local air force base, George and his parents have come from Guam and before that, Germany George and Lewis connect over music, especially the Beatles and postBeatles Paul McCartney, as well as a shared sense of humor However, as their friendship develops, Lewis has to face the fact that they do live in two completely different worlds and he’s not ready to show George his To add to this tension, a school bully has decided that Lewis is the perfect target and the bully’s personal connections go so high, there is nothing the school will do about it, especially because Lewis, no matter how academically gifted, is just another reservation kid.This is not just a story of two worlds—one white and one Native American—it’s also a story of a particular time—one that I lived through with its 33 rpms, Wacky Packs, the 73 section of seventh grade and the blizzard of 1977 Gansworth recreates middle school hallways and elements of grinding poverty with a sure hand and a steady eye and both his and Lewis’s love of music shines through this heartbreaking yet curiously optimistic story. Yes, yes, this book can absolutely be compared to Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolute True Diary of a PartTime Indian BUT there are some major differences between the two main characters (both of whom I love) that make each story separate.Lewis attends school off the reservation and has been placed with the smart kids almost since kindergarten That part is great, because he likes school What he doesn’t like is being completely invisible due to him being a res kid an Indian He has tried to make friends but the banter that he is used to with his reservation friends is out of place here at school, not to mention his clothing is all wrong and due to a decidedly bad choice in haircuts, he isn’t exactly much to look at This finally changes when Lewis meets George, a military kid whose dad was just transferred here George is used to meeting new kids and handles the transition well and he talks to Lewis Eventually a friendship is forged out of the love of music I should mention this takes place in 1975 and if you aren’t a Beatles, Paul McCartney, Wings or Queen fan, you just might very well be after reading Lewis and George’s friendship does have its flaws Lewis is extremely embarrassed at his poverty and home and constantly makes excuses as to why George can never come over George gets a girlfriend and their time spent together overrides his time with Lewis.This is a great story about friendship, identity, and music Mad props to George’s dad in this story Always refreshing to see a good, strong male role model for those teenage boys Not all of the adults in this story got the same reaction from me Be warnedyou will be angry. I stayed up until 2 am finishing this When I started, I was all, Oh, PartTime Indian in upstate New York But no I still love Alexie's book, but this is no imitation or little brother If I Ever Get Out of Here stands firmly on its own feet It is a story of friendship, first and foremost It's a story of family, school, poverty, standing up for yourself in the face of intense prejudicebut mostly it's about the power of friendship And music Grittier than many MG novels, but solidly PG, with an ending that is realistic yet optimistic I could read this to a middle school classporn movies and magazines are alluded to, and a few people who really, really deserve it are called assholes, but that's as far as it goes. A very good read, realistic in it's peek at Rez life I found it sometimes funny sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking andoften then not I found it bittersweet I great look at the other side of the coin from the other side's viewpoint If I Ever Get Out of Here

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