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"A heart-healing, mocs-on-the-ground story of music, family and friendship." — Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of TANTALIZE and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME

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 for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more 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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"Set in the mid-1970s, adult author Gansworth's first novel for teens introduces Lewis Blake, a seventh-grader who lives on the same impoverished Tuscarora reservation in New York State where the author himself grew up. Ever since Lewis's alcoholic father took off, the boy has been raised by his overworked mother and Vietnam vet uncle. A couple of years earlier, Lewis's smarts landed him in the local junior high, off the reservation, but fitting in has never been an option. He lucks out, however, when Air Force brat George Haddonfield arrives in town and picks Lewis as his new best friend. Although their backgrounds couldn't be more different — George has lived in Germany and Guam, while Lewis sees the rez as his past, present, and future — they bond over a shared love of the Beatles and Wings, as well as making music. Although the plot takes time to get going, as a bully stirs up trouble for Lewis, readers will appreciate the teenager's sharp insights into being an outsider and Gansworth's intimate knowledge of the prejudices and injustices inherent to Lewis's life. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Eric Gansworth is a Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. An enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, he was born and raised at the Tuscarora Reservation in Niagara County in upstate New York. His short stories, poetry, and nonfiction have been printed and reprinted in many literary magazines and anthologies, and his dramatic work has appeared at the Public Theater in New York City. Eric lives in Niagara Falls, New York. Please visit his website at www.ericgansworth.com.

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Beverly B, January 23, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
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, 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 could be in the accelerated academic program, but at the white school he is bullied, ostracized and subjected to the prejudice and racism of his classmates, teachers and the administrators. When a new kid arrives, Lewis decides to make friends before the newcomer's opinion of him is poisoned by his classmates. George and Lewis quickly become best friends. Brought together by their love of the Beatles and Queen, Lewis and George quickly realize they come from very different families and cultures. It is fun to watch Lewis try to learn the odd customs of the super straight laced, buttoned-up air force family of George, and equally fun to watch George try clumsily to get himself included in Lewis' life on the reservation. Both families become better and stronger because of the friendship between George and Lewis.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545417303
Author:
Gansworth, Eric
Publisher:
Arthur A. Levine Books
Author:
Gansworth, Eric L.
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in the mid-1970s, adult author Gansworth's first novel for teens introduces Lewis Blake, a seventh-grader who lives on the same impoverished Tuscarora reservation in New York State where the author himself grew up. Ever since Lewis's alcoholic father took off, the boy has been raised by his overworked mother and Vietnam vet uncle. A couple of years earlier, Lewis's smarts landed him in the local junior high, off the reservation, but fitting in has never been an option. He lucks out, however, when Air Force brat George Haddonfield arrives in town and picks Lewis as his new best friend. Although their backgrounds couldn't be more different — George has lived in Germany and Guam, while Lewis sees the rez as his past, present, and future — they bond over a shared love of the Beatles and Wings, as well as making music. Although the plot takes time to get going, as a bully stirs up trouble for Lewis, readers will appreciate the teenager's sharp insights into being an outsider and Gansworth's intimate knowledge of the prejudices and injustices inherent to Lewis's life. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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