Academic journal article Language Arts

If I Ever Get out of Here

Academic journal article Language Arts

If I Ever Get out of Here

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If I Ever Get Out of Here Written by Eric Gansworth Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic, 2013, 359 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-41730-3

Just because Lewis was a Welfare Indian didn't mean he had to look like a Welfare Indian-at least that's what his mother thought after seeing Lewis had his braid intentionally severed offby a friend. In 1975, Lewis found making new friends as the only Native American in his class, living on a reservation, and being dirt poor to be beyond difficult. To complicate matters, Lewis was small for his age, wore glasses, and had become the moving target for the middle school bully. And to make things even more devastating, his favorite band, the Beatles, had broken up. Things begin to look up when George, a military kid, arrives, and the two bond over their mutual appreciation of music.

In an effort to keep the conditions of his reality a secret from George, Lewis fabricates stories about his life. …

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