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From the National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , the tale of a troubled boy's trip through history.

Half Native American and half Irish, fifteen-year-old "Zits" has spent much of his short life alternately abused and ignored as an orphan and ward of the foster care system. Ever since his mother died, he's felt alienated from everyone, but, thanks to the alcoholic father whom he's never met, especially disconnected from other Indians.

After he runs away from his latest foster home, he makes a new friend. Handsome, charismatic, and eloquent, Justice soon persuades Zits to unleash his pain and anger on the uncaring world. But picking up a gun leads Zits on an unexpected time-traveling journey through several violent moments in American history, experiencing life as an FBI agent during the civil rights movement, a mute Indian boy during the Battle of Little Bighorn, a nineteenth-century Indian tracker, and a modern-day airplane pilot. When Zits finally returns to his own body, "he begins to understand what it means to be the hero, the villain and the victim. . . . Mr. Alexie succeeds yet again with his ability to pierce to the heart of matters, leaving this reader with tears in her eyes" ( The New York Times Book Review ).

Sherman Alexie's acclaimed novels have turned a spotlight on the unique experiences of modern-day Native Americans, and here , the New York Times -bestselling author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian takes a bold new turn, combining magical realism with his singular humor and insight.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Sherman Alexie including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781480457218
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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AL_BETHW Jul 31, 2017

No one writes quite like Alexie. He's got a sharp tongue, a warm heart, and a belly full of fire. The best part is this his work always seems to remain relevant, despite the year published. In Flight we meet 15 year old Zits, American- Indian, orphaned pyromaniac, in and out of juvenile detention and foster homes. He's about to make the worst decision of his life, and that's where this story takes off. Think mash-up between It's a Wonderful Life and Trainspotting. Wild, and touching.

Jun 16, 2016

I love the way this story is told. It's very touching and wise.

mvkramer Feb 03, 2016

This novel packs a lot of punch, and for such a short work, it has a lot to say - about the universality of good and evil, about how violence breeds violence and people who are hurt go on to hurt others, and in the end, about how one person can choose to break the cycle with a little help. Great work, from a great author.

PimaLib_MaryG Jan 30, 2016

Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite writers and this is one of my favorite books. About to commit an act of extreme violence, Zits, a Native teen who is lost in foster care, is transported in time and experiences past violent events through the bodies of actual participants. He returns to the present moment a changed person. Powerful.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 23, 2015

This book is a quick-read that still meaningfully says a lot about cycles of violence, empathy, identity, and family. The narrator, Zits, has been in foster care for many different years. His isolation makes him susceptible to the violent influence of an older kid who has named himself Justice. The book takes a surreal turn as Zits begins to time-travel into the bodies of other violent people who are also looking for connection and redemption.

Jul 19, 2015

This novel reminded me From Dusk til Dawn in that it started out like a normal Alexie piece and then all of the sudden things got weird. And I love weird. It was a surreal, time traveling, insightful and disturbing nightmare. My only complaint would be that sometimes Alexie can be like studio Grateful Dead. You want him to take his little side stories for a nice walk but they end up being too short.

mondaysomeday Sep 13, 2013

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.

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

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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mvkramer Feb 03, 2016

Violence: Zits experiences some violent times in history, and the author doesn't shy away from them. War, child abuse, torture, and desecration of the dead all make an appearance.


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