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If I ever get out of here : a novel with paintings / by Eric Gansworth.

Gansworth, Eric L. (Author).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Mahnomen Public Library Y GAN (Text) 33500012761466 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780545417303
  • ISBN: 0545417309
  • ISBN: 9780545417310
  • ISBN: 0545417317
  • Physical Description: 359 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013.

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
Formatted Contents Note:
If I ever get out of here -- Moon and stars -- Tragical history tour -- Playlist and discography.
Summary, etc.:
Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites--and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.
Target Audience Note:
Young Adult
870 Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader 5.6
Reading Counts! 5.6
Accelerated Reader Grades 5-8 5.6 16 SD Quiz 159824 English fiction.
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild selection.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 September #1
    *Starred Review* Lewis Blake is bright and scrawny and the only kid from the Tuscarora Reservation tracked with the brainiacs at their county junior high in upstate New York. For the duration of sixth grade, he was invisible, but when burly, polite George Haddonfield arrives on the Air Force base and shows up in their seventh-grade class, Lewis might have found a friend. The boys bond over girls and music (the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Wings, and Queen—it is the 1970s, after all), slowly letting their guards down, but when a vicious, well-connected bully sets his sights on Lewis, their friendship is sorely tested. Gansworth, himself an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, explores the boys' organic relationship with generosity and tenderness and unflinching clarity, sidestepping stereotypes to offer two genuine characters navigating the unlikely intersection of two fully realized worlds. All of the supporting characters, especially the adults—from Lewis' beleaguered mother and iconoclastic uncle to George's upright father and delicate German mother, and a host of teachers and administrators who look right past the daily violence perpetrated on Lewis—are carefully, beautifully drawn. And although Gansworth manages the weighty themes of racism and poverty with nuance and finesse, at its heart, this is a rare and freehearted portrait of true friendship. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Eric Gansworth is Lowery Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and was recently NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. An enrolled Onondaga, he was born and raised at the Tuscarora Indian Nation, just outside Niagara Falls, New York. His debut novel for young readers, If I Ever Get Out of Here, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick and an American Indian Library Association Young Adult Honor selection, and he is the author of numerous acclaimed books for adults. Eric is also a visual artist, generally incorporating paintings as integral elements into his written work. His work has been widely shown and anthologized and has appeared in Iroquois Art: Power and History, The Kenyon Review, and Shenandoah, among other places, and he was recently selected for inclusion in Lit City, a Just Buffalo Literary Center public arts project celebrating Buffalo's literary legacy. Please visit his website at

Subject: Tuscarora Indians > Juvenile fiction.
Families of military personnel > Juvenile fiction.
Identity (Psychology) > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Tuscarora Nation Reservation (N.Y.) > Juvenile fiction.
New York (State) > Ethnic relations > Juvenile fiction.
New York (State) > History > 20th century > Juvenile fiction.
Tuscarora Indians > Fiction.
Indians of North America > New York (State) > Fiction.
Families of military personnel > Fiction.
Identity > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
Tuscarora Nation Reservation (N.Y.) > Fiction.
New York (State) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Ethnic relations.
Families of military personnel.
Identity (Psychology)
Tuscarora Indians.
New York (State)
New York (State) > Tuscarora Nation Reservation.
Tuscarora Nation Reservation (N.Y.) > Fiction.
Identity > Fiction.
Tuscarora Indians > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
Families of military personnel > Fiction.
Indians of North America > New York (State) > Fiction.
Identity > Fiction.
Indians of North America > New York (State) > Fiction.
Families of military personnel > Fiction.
Tuscarora Indians > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
New York (State) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult works.
Juvenile works.
Young adult fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Young adult fiction.

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