If I Ever Get Out of Here

If I Ever Get Out of Here

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545417310
9780545417303
0545417309
0545417317
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 22 cm

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DonnaMeness
Jul 24, 2020

Reserves are only in Canada and reservations are only in the United States.

Reserves and Reservations are quite different.

In Canada there can be dozens of reserves within treaty boundaries while in the United States reservations generally cover the entire treaty area.

According to the Department’s Indian Land Registry System, the current surface area of all reserve land in Canada is approximately 8,866,668 acres. Canada has a total acreage of approximately 2,467,265,689 acres.

As of 2017, only 0.36% of Canada’s land mass has currently been set aside as reserve status. This number has increased due to ongoing settlement of Specific Claims called Treaty Land Entitlements. Many First Nations had a shortfall when the Reserves were first surveyed and the outstanding Treaty land debt is known as Treaty Land Entitlement.

The combined landmass of the ALL First Nation reserves in Canada is smaller than the landmass of the Navaho Reservation in the United States. The Navaho Reservation has a land mass of 17,544,480 acres; 2 times the area of ALL Canadian Reserves combined.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-difference-between-reserve-reservation-robert-laboucane

Chapel_Hill_SharonD Aug 15, 2019

It's hard to imagine anyone not liking Lewis and his scrappy attitude toward life in high school (in the 70's). His life is by no means easy, but he is a boy reckoning with two worlds on a daily basis: the extended family of his Native life and the mostly white school, where his high academic performance threatens to keep him isolated ... and threatened. But Lewis is not a quitter, and watching him take back his power is exciting and liberating.

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misatim
Jun 09, 2019

Canada doesn't have Reservations

Cheryl_in_IT Oct 19, 2017

(paraphrased from my Goodreads review):

I really enjoyed the main character and his perspective, and there is a lot of information casually rolled into this book - insight into life on a modern (well, 1970's) reservation, poverty, Native American history, and law in reference to Native Americans.

There's a bit of a flavor of Sherman Alexie in the style and tone (sarcastic/dry, blunt humor), though I feel this is less gritty/harsh. The ignorance and willful blindness of some characters reminds me of Gennifer Choldenko's JF title,"Al Capone Does My Shirts."

With that in mind, I'd say it's a great YA step up (age 15+ perhaps) from Al Capone - a story about getting under the surface of prejudices and stereotypes and building trust in friendships.

As others have mentioned, living in poverty and the emotional/psychological impact is also pretty strong theme. Lewis and his family live on welfare, survive in a battered house that has no working plumbing, and he continually lies to avoid having his friend over out of embarrassment.

I loved that Lewis was outspoken in sticking up for himself and declaring for justice, refusing to be snowed by the BS thrown his way. I loved some of his insight and observations about friendships and life.

I enjoyed all the music references - those who love the Beatles & Paul McCartney will find much to appreciate in the book. The boys are avid audiophiles and buying albums as they can afford it and as they come out. Each chapter title is song related and there's quite a few song references.

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

Does a solid job at depicting a male friendship over the course of two years. It also offers a nice portrayal of military families and how tough it can be to have to move around so much.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/if_i_ever_get_out_of_here_gansworth

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