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Flight

A Novel
Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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On the verge of commiting an act of violence, a troubled, orphaned Indian teenager finds himself hurtled through time an into the bodies of a civil rights era FBI agent, an Indian child during the battle at Little Big Horn, a nineteenth- century Indian tracker, and a modern-day airline pilot, before returning to himself, forever altered by his experiences. Original. 100,000 first printing.
Authors: Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
Title: Flight
a novel
Publisher: New York : Black Cat : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 181 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 9781435228177
1435228170
9780802170378
0802170374
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALEXIE
Subject Headings: Foster children Fiction Indians of North America Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Authors, American
Foster children
Indians of North America
LCCN: 2006052656
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Half-Indian, half-Irish, 15 year old Zits runs away from foster care and ends up traveling in time.

An exceedingly unhappy and angry young man discovers first hand the truth of the proverb 'an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind' as he is transported through the bodies of people fixated on revenge.

An exceedingly unhappy and angry young man discovers first hand the truth of the proverb 'an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind' as he is transported through the bodies of people fixated on revenge.

A powerful, fast and timely story of a troubled foster teenager -- a boy who is not a "legal" Indian because he was never claimed by his father -- who learns the true meaning of terror.


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Sep 13, 2013
  • mondaysomeday rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm very impressed by the way this book takes the reader through many perspectives on violence, revenge, and repeating cycles of self-destructive behavior. It's not as funny as Alexie's other books (which are often equally macabre) which is totally fine.

Dec 12, 2012
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is indeed an excellent coming of age story of a mixed aboriginal/Irish youth raised in foster care. He is very angry and is on the cusp of either punishing society and himself for this anger or coming to terms with the faults of his social and personal history.The author uses an interesting literary tool of 'time travel' to draw the charachter towards his own redemption. An heart felt story, well balanced with humour and sad reality of a neglected child. I would like to see this on high school cirriculum.

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Mar 08, 2011
  • bingo1912 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

From beginning to end a very fast read. I'm not sure about all the hype, but there were some good images here as well as a learning experience. I always like a good ending. but I'm not sure why this book deserves "questions for discussion" at the end. perhaps meant for high school class discussion, if that is the case it should be noted that there is a fair amount of foul language in this book. I suppose it could be included for authenticity but as I have always taught my kids. Anyone can use language like that. It takes a better mind to use more descriptive language.

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