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Middle school is lonely for Lewis Blake, the one Native American in the “brainiacs” class. That changes, though, in the fall of 1975, when a new seventh-grader, George Haddonfield, seeks him out. The boys bond over the music of the Beatles, and Paul McCartney and Wings, but Lewis, ashamed of being a “Welfare Indian,” deflects George’s questions about his life on the Tuscarora reservation. In this funny, poignant young-adult debut, Eric Gansworth, the author of acclaimed fiction and poetry for adults, and a member of the Onondaga Nation, depicts the friendship that develops as each boy begins to open his world to the other.
Book World: ‘If I Ever Get Out of Here’ addresses race from young-adult view (The Washington Post 9/4)