Monday, June 9, 2014

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Lewis lives on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in a house that has been falling apart for years.  In fact, the kitchen roof fell in years ago and now Lewis' family cooks out back.  Lewis is used to his life of poverty and being picked on and ignored as the only Indian in his school.  When George moves to town and wants to be his friend, Lewis doesn't know how to react.  The two boys share a love of music, especially the Beatles.  George warms up to Lewis immediately but Lewis doesn't know how to reciprocate because he's too embarrassed of his home to invite George over. When Lewis runs afoul of the school bully who begins waiting for him around every corner, even George doesn't understand just how vicious the attacks are.  A huge snowstorm brings all of Lewis' problems to a head and he has no idea how to solve them.  A great book about poverty, Native American life, bullying, and great music.