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If I Ever Get Out of Here

Written by Eric Gansworth
Fiction

Lewis is the only Native American in the advanced track at his school. The other Indians may be proud of him, but he goes through the day in different classes and is friendless. He cuts off his braid in an effort to get the white kids to see him differently. The only result is his own feeling of loss.
This book explores a friendship between Lewis and a white Air Force "brat" who is into the similarities between Lewis and himself, rather than the differences. It is, however, a rare but honest look at culture and how people with vastly different upbringings and identities can clash. And dance. And laugh. Gansworth informs readers about cultural difference, but he doesn't beat anyone up as he does it.

Recommended by LouAnn

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