If I Ever Get Out of Here

If I Ever Get Out of Here 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 whi

  • Title: If I Ever Get Out of Here
  • Author: Eric Gansworth
  • ISBN: 9780545417303
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lewis Shoe Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975 the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof What he s not used to is white people being nice to him people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force As the boys connect through their mutual passion forLewis Shoe Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975 the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof What he s not used to is white people being nice to him people 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 home will 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.

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    1. Gansworth is an enrolled citizen of the Onondaga Nation however, he grew up in the Tuscarora Nation as a descendant of one of two Onondaga women present among the Tuscarora at the foundation of the nation in the 18th century Gansworth originally qualified in electroencephalography, considered a profession useful to his nation however, he went on to study literature and to continue a lifelong interest in painting and drawing.Gansworth has written five novels, including the award winning Mending Skins 2005 and Extra Indians 2010 In all his novels, illustrations form an integral part of the reading experience His most recent novel, If I Ever Get out of Here is his first Young Adult novel, and deals with the 1975 friendship between two boys, one a resident of the Tuscarora Nation, the other living on the nearby Air Force base In a starred review, Booklist stated that the book succeeded in sidestepping stereotypes to offer two genuine characters navigating the unlikely intersection of two fully realized worlds enpedia wiki Eric_Ga

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    1. 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 Literature What I like about Eric Gansworth s IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE americanindiansi [...]


    2. 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 Part Time 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 for than one YA book about the American Indian experience growing up on a reservation First I want to address the similarities becaus [...]


    3. I don t want to compare this to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time 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 not quite historical fiction yet is one of my favorite time periods for books to be set in Lik [...]


    4. Yes, yes, this book can absolutely be compared to Sherman Alexie s novel The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time 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 fr [...]


    5. A very good read, realistic in it s peek at Rez life I found it sometimes funny sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking and often then not I found it bittersweet I great look at the other side of the coin from the other side s viewpoint


    6. Another shout out to Powell s Daily Dose for alerting me to this YA novel about Lewis Blake, a middle school 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 Part Time 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 mo [...]


    7. I picked it up after recognizing that we had the title in our library and it had been featured on a list of books with Native American main characters But I didn t connect and it likely had to do with the incongruous way that it was supposed to be set in 1975 but the book itself looks and reads contemporary It did not compute and then add the musical elements that was supposed to place it in history and I just because disinterested Reading fail unfortunately.


    8. Read for the 2017 Diversity Bingo indigenous main character ownvoices.I think it s really a testament to how good this was that I managed to enjoy it despite the dangerous combination of many, many Beatles references and my own passive aggressive attitude towards the Beatles That was a compliment, if it wasn t clear.


    9. 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.


    10. I have a feeling that parts of this book are going to stay with me for a long time I loved the friendship, the family relationship, and a lot I would definitely recommend this.


    11. 11 5 stars seriously it deserves a million stars my reaction after finishing this bookconclusion I freaking loved everything about this book I need to reread it about twenty times over.This book broke my heart Its story rang so true to me, and after closing the book, I almost felt like crying in memory of all the amazing characters I had been taken on a journey with It s not easy to create characters that readers will love, but it s a true talent to be able to write a story where every character [...]


    12. I stayed up until 2 am finishing this When I started, I was all, Oh, Part Time 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 prejudice but mostly it s about the power of friendship And music Grittier than many MG novels, but solidly PG, with an end [...]


    13. Review copy from NetgalleyI had really been looking forward to reading this book after reading the review from Debbie Reese at American Indians in Children s Literature Whenever she raves about a book, I know I will love it or at the very least find something that makes me think I was not disappointed It was everything I had hoped it would be and If I Ever Get Out of Here is a look into the life of a boy as he s coming of age Like many young people, Lewis is searching for his identity He though [...]


    14. Actual rating 4.5 stars It s 1975 and Lewis is a Tuscarora Indian living in poverty on the reservation Being the only Indian on the smart kids track at the white school, Lewis is friendless and feels invisible At the beginning of 8th grade, he vows to fit in and make a friend Luckily for Lewis, this is the year George s Air Force officer father is transferred to the base in Lewis town George and Lewis become friends mainly due to their shared love of music especially the Beatles and Paul McCartn [...]


    15. Lewis Blake is a Tuscarora Indian living on a reservation near Buffalo, New York, in 1976 His family is very poor and he is the only Native kid in the advanced class at school, making him friendless and the target of a vicious bully Things can for the better when a military kid, George, becomes his best friend Music plays a big role in their lives, especially the Beatles and Queen, and the chapters are lyrics from their songs Lewis fears George and his family will reject him and tells various li [...]


    16. Lewis has a hard time making friends It doesn t help that he s the only American Indian in the smart kids track But that all changes when a new Air Force kid, George, shows up They bond over The Beatles and other music but Lewis keeps him at arm s length Can he really trust a white kid to be his friend Recommended for people who love Sherman Alexie.


    17. If I Ever Get Out of Here is a book club book I listened to this book on audiobook, which made my two hour daily commute interesting The audiobook is a little over 10 hours long given the length of the book I appreciate the fact that this book is read and recorded by the author He is able to read aloud the words in a fashion that is aligned to how he intended them to be read The true emotions of the characters came out through Eric Gansworth s reading The author read with voice, which kept me e [...]


    18. This story showed the foundations of friendship as the main character Lewis struggles to balance his home life on the Tuscarora American Indian reservation with his school life While a bright and gifted student, Lewis struggles to make friends He forms a friendship with a new student George based on their common interest in music We started hanging out because he was friendly to me first Living in the military, you don t have time to fart around, spending years making friends pg 33 This quote de [...]


    19. This book had a lot of stuff you don t see a lot in YA Fiction It occurs in the 70 s Native American characters Details about life on a reservation Characters in an active military family Friendships between cultures Lots of Beatles and Queen references Vietnam veteransIt was all great There were parts that totally broke my heart and others made me laugh I really appreciated seeing a window into life for an American Indian living on a reservation in this time period It was so eye opening to read [...]



    20. In If I Ever Get Out Of Here, main character Lewis Blake faces yet another lonely year as the only Native American kid in the all white smart kids class at the local junior high school As a rez kid in 1975 Buffalo, New York, Lewis knows that 7th grade will probably bring of the same for him sitting alone, talking to no one all day until he rides the school bus back to the Tuscarora reservation with the kids he grew up with Much to his surprise, though, one of the new kids from the town military [...]


    21. This book is recommended by my professor as one of the books with diverse perspective Lewis, the main character, is a bright, clever, and the only kid from the Tuscarora Reservation He is invisible in school with all white classmates until one day his best friend George shows up in his life There are many things that happened in Lewis s life He s been through sadness, been hopeless, and lonely George gives him hope, joy, and friendship but not for long Lewis is being bullied by a kid in school b [...]


    22. Fans of Sherman Alexie s The Partly True Autobiography of a Part time Indian and Benjamin Alire Saenz s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe are sure to find this book, set in upstate New York in 1975, interesting The plight of this book s narrator, Lewis Blake, reminds me in many ways of Alexie s protagonist, caught between two worlds and often feeling as though he fits in neither one The wonderful friendship between Lewis and George Haddonfield, the son of an Air Force offi [...]


    23. Lewis blake lives in western New York on the Tuscarora reservation where there also happened to be an Air Force Base He goes to a middle school that teaches local, military, and reservation kids all under one roof This isn t normally a big problem for these students, each group normally just sticks together and hangs out with their own But it doesn t quite work for Lewis, because, unlike a lot of his friends, he actually tries to do well in school So instead of being in classes with other reserv [...]


    24. Lewis is the only Native American in his class as he s starting junior high He has some trouble making friends until George shows up George s father is in the military, and the two of them become quick friends based on their love of the same music post Beatles Paul McCartney, Queen, and David Bowie Lewis deals with a school bully as the school administration turns their backs When fighting back doesn t work, and telling the administration doesn t work, Lewis decides to protest by refusing to go [...]


    25. When I check this book at at the local library a couple weeks ago, I was intrigued by the description of the book, and thrilled at the thought that it might be reminiscent of Sherman Alexie s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian I also assumed that this would be a high school age book that I might like to teach at some point Well, it is actually a book about an 8th grader, that might be good for freshman, and sure, it is a little like Alexie s book, but in truth, this book is not what [...]


    26. It s 1975, and Lewis Blake is the only American Indian in his seventh grade class of smart kids Facing daily discrimination from many of his teachers and fellow students, Lewis works hard and tries to stay out of trouble but he is often lonely When he and new kid George Haddonfield discover they share an appreciation of The Beatles and Paul McCartney s music, the two boys gradually become friends However, Lewis worries that if George discovers the truth about what life is like on the Tuscarora R [...]


    27. If I Ever Get Out of Here is everything a coming of age story is supposed to be heartbreakingly realistic, funny, touching, inspiring and unforgettable Readers will love Lewis He is smart, witty, socially awkward, ambitious, loyal and desperately lonely Lewis is an outsider He loves his life on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, but his love of learning and the Beatles is seen as weird by most of his peers The reservation school convinced his mother to send him to the white school in town so he c [...]


    28. When Lewis finally enters 7th grade, he hopes to finally make a friend Most of his peers won t talk to him because he is the only American Indian in his classroom, with his friends from the reservation all placed elsewhere There s a new student, a military brat, who shares his love of The Beatles Lewis and George Haddonfield develop a friendship that is able to withstand extreme racial and economical divides This book was okay I loved the Beatles aspect being an avid fan myself , and the charact [...]


    29. In this story, the narrator, Lewis negotiates the culture of his family and Tuscaroran Native community, the braniac classroom of 6th grade town kids, and the thread of popular culture of the 60s particularly the Beetles and Paul McCartney The book opens with Lewis cutting his hair in an attempt to assimilate during his 6th grade year This is the story of a school friendship between two boys who are each cultural outsiders when Lewis meets George, who is growing up in a military family and has r [...]


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