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The Resource Flight : a novel, Sherman Alexie

Flight : a novel, Sherman Alexie

Label
Flight : a novel
Title
Flight
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Sherman Alexie
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Flight follows a troubled foster teenager -- a boy who is not a "legal" Indian because he was never claimed by his father. The journey begins as he's about to commit a massive act of violence. At the moment of decision, he finds himself shot back through time to resurface in the body of an FBI agent during the civil rights era, where he sees why "Hell is Red River, Idaho, in the 1970s." Red River is only the first stop in an eye-opening trip through moments in American history. He will continue traveling back to inhabit the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Bighorn and then ride with an Indian tracker in the nineteenth century before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today. During these furious travels through time, his refrain grows: "Who's to judge?" and "I don't understand humans."
Storyline
Tone
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Character
Award
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2008
Review
  • Its tough enough to be an orphan and a ward of the state, let alone a so-called half-breed. Heck, being 15 years old is no freaking picnic, especially if your face is so badly marred by acne your nickname is Zits. Add to that a devastating history of abuse, and no wonder Zits, a gun in each hand, is about to exact revenge on strangers in a bank. Has Alexie, a high-profile writer known for provocative, inventive, in-your-face fiction about Native American life, written a classic troubled youth-turned-killer tale? Of course not. This is a time-travel fable about the legacy of prejudice and pain. Zits is inexplicably catapulted back to 1975, where he inhabits the body of a white FBI agent confronting radical Indian activists, the first episode in an out-of-body odyssey. Smart, funny, and resilient, Zits is profoundly transformed, as the hero in a tale of ordeals is supposed to be, by his shape-shifting experiences as an Indian boy at Little Big Horn, an Indian tracker, a homeless Indian drunk, and a pilot in unnerving proximity to a Muslim terrorist. Alexies concentrated and mesmerizing novel of instructive confrontations is structured around provocative variations on the meanings and implications of flight as it asserts that people of all backgrounds are equally capable of good and evil. -- Donna Seaman (Reviewed 03-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 13, p37)
  • Adult/High School— Both victim and victimizer, and roaming through 150 years of American history, 15-year-old Zits is a tough, emotionally beleaguered foster kid, half Indian, half Irish, and, at the story's outset, completely hopeless. The acne sores and scars on his body reveal the state of his soul. Things get better—and much worse—when he consorts with a slightly older boy who calls himself Justice, and takes up the role of serial killer. However, his deadly intent sends Zits back in time, where he variously experiences life as an FBI agent pursuing Indian activists, a 19th-century Indian boy made mute by a white man's weapon, an Indian tracker working for the U.S. Cavalry at the time of Custer, and even his own drunken father at the age of 50. Alexie uses just enough magical realism to keep the story flowing between satire and fantasy, making this an ideal choice for fans of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five .—Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA --Francisca Goldsmith (Reviewed August 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 8, p143)
  • "Call me Zits," says the 15-year-old narrator, an Irish/Native American half-breed with a bad attitude who is constantly in trouble with the law. Just released from Seattle's juvenile jail, Zits decides to enact his own apocalyptic version of the Ghost Dance by walking into the lobby of a downtown bank and shooting people at random. When the guards fire back, Zits is magically transported into the body of an FBI agent ordered to assassinate Indian radicals in the 1970s. Then, just as abruptly, he awakens in the body of a cavalry scout guiding George Armstrong Custer's troops to the Little Bighorn in 1876. Finally, he finds himself inhabiting the body of his own long-lost father. Alexie's (Indian Killer ) first novel in a decade is narrated throughout in Zits's sarcastic teenage voice, like an extended stand-up comedy routine. The book's premise of self-discovery through time travel recalls Octavia Butler's classic Kindred (1979), but Flight lacks that book's punch. Historical context is minimal and the incidents pass by quickly, with little impact. This lightweight effort is not up to Alexie's usual standard. For public and academic libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/06.]—Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles --Edward B. St. John (Reviewed April 1, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 6, p78)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
156702
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alexie, Sherman
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 14-18
  • 550L
  • Decoding demand: 93 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 75 (high)
  • Structure demand: 84 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.A382
LC item number
Fl 2007
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
3.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American Indian Movement
  • Indian foster children
  • Time travel
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians, Treatment of
  • Violence in adolescence
  • Scouting (Reconnaissance)
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
  • Terrorism
  • Race relations
  • Teenage boys
  • Orphans
  • Science fiction
  • Native American fiction
  • Foster children
  • Indians of North America
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Flight : a novel, Sherman Alexie
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes a reading group guide
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
624280
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9780802170378
Lccn
2006052656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802170378
  • (OCoLC)77333764
Label
Flight : a novel, Sherman Alexie
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes a reading group guide
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
624280
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9780802170378
Lccn
2006052656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802170378
  • (OCoLC)77333764

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