If I Ever Get Out of Here

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.33 hours)
Product Number: Z100072979
Released: Jul 22, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780553395471
Narrator/s: Eric Gansworth
Publisher: Listening Library
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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.

Author(s): Eric Gansworth
Original Publish Date: Jul 22, 2014

Professional reviews

"Eric GansworthÕs narration of his first young adult novel shines with authenticity. His bright hero, Lewis Blake, finds a lot of differences between his Tuscarora ÒrezÓ and his predominantly white public school. Gansworth exposes harsh realities but tempers these with LewisÕs eloquently ironic tones and friendship with George, an Air Force kid newly arrived from Guam. Gradually, their mutual caring and shared passion for the Beatles triumphs over a bully, economic disparities, and the prejudices they face inside and outside their cultures. GansworthÕs rhythmic intonation becomes even stronger when Lewis speaks with those from the reservation, particularly his supportive uncle, whose speech patterns are typical of Native American culture. S.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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