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The journey for Flights young hero begins as hes 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 Re driver, 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: Whos to judge? and I dont understand humans. When finally, blessedly, our young warrior comes to rest again in his own life, he is mightily transformed by all he has seen.

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Alexie may have some problems with style here and there, but his presentation of material is always honest, emotive, and personal. Flight is a fascinating exercise and partial departure from the work of his that I currently known, to thought-provoking result.
The story follows teen-aged orphan and 20-time foster kid @[email protected] who, after years of making trouble and being tossed from family to family has landed himself in jail again, where he meets a boy named Justice who shows him compassion. The two end up running away together, getting their hands on some weapons, and entering a bank to take revenge on the patrons there. Things go afoul for Zits and he is shot in the head, which begins a journey into the past, where he inhabits the bodies of various people involved in moments of native history and terrorism, learning through direct experience the pain and consequences of violence, division, and racism.
Although parts of the book can get a bit unsubtle, the material is dealt with in a manner that shows little sugarcoating. As a troubled young man, he is touched and shocked by the pain brought about by cycles of revenge and violence; as readers, we are forced to confront our own roles and connections to this violence as well. I for one had a very difficult time hearing about the systematic justification of this violence and cruelty, and Alexie did a fair job of painting for us a picture of a society for whom the end justifies the means, past guilt is both a justification for pity as it is for suspicion and stereotyping, and systematic oppression aids in the creation and perpetuation of lives and attitudes that limit the options and opportunities by those that live under them. I really enjoy the way he explores the rez condition from a variety of angles, with issues of choice always tempered with an understanding of what a person is up against by trying to make that choice, and the struggles they will face trying to break the chain.
Highly recommended.

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Zits, the narrator, is a great vehicle for Alexies humor and style. However on several levels the book either falls short of its ambition or uncomfortably strengthens stereotypes and cliched answers to teenage alienation and transformation.

Zits is certainly a likable self deprecating and insightful teenager. His struggles with self image, abuse, identity, family, criminalization, and the foster care system would be great opportunities for my students to reflect and examine their own lives. And to Alexies credit he mines these areas to try to understand a bit of what is happening in America when a teenager decides to walk into a public space and shoot as many people as possible. Unfortunately the answers seem pat and easy. Geez, kids need loving homes and affirmation.

What is most disconcerting however is the portrayal of characters that easily fit into established archetypes. We have the Indian father who abandons his child, retreats into alcohol because of his own abusive father. The white liberal public servants will eventually create the safety for Zits to claim his own identity. Im confused why Alexie would structure it this way. Just as his answers to teenage alienation seem pre-packaged in our culture, so do his racial portrayals. And these portrayals reinforce the racism that Zits struggles against... and incredulously it is in this context that Zits finds the secure footing he needs to heal himself.

Im not ready to completely discount the book, or its potential to be carefully used with teenagers. However, in Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, a character says, @I havent laughed like that in 500 [email protected] Nothing in Flight helps us laugh since Columbus arrival.

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this novel is appropriately named in the way it is experienced; it is a super quick read. the angst filled, distinctive adolescent narrator, @Zits. Call me [email protected] (as the novel begins) has a remarkable voice, and Alexie weaves an engaging story...he even does some pretty interesting things with layers of voices as Zits possesses different bodies in his time travels...where Zits ends and the other characters begin gets pretty juicy. There was something about it though, that just felt vaguely contrived...or maybe some of the themes felt tired. I am a fan of Alexies short stories, but this is the first novel Ive read of his. I think there are better ones. Hes funny and fierce and believable even when hes being fantastical, and I totally teared up at the ending, but...some of the lines were just clunky and ham handed. I dont know if this was YA intended audience, but it almost felt like he wasnt giving his readers enough credit and connecting all the dots for us. and there werent even that many dots. which is surprising because @the absolutely true diary of a part-time [email protected] is his first YA book and it won like fifteen awards. i was drawn to this one because its YA and has time travel, which are two elements in my novel. it actually dealt with trauma, too, so it resonated with me and the themes of my novel and i appreciated it. it totally drew me in, it just felt a little too obvious in places, which is not how i experienced Alexies short fiction for adult readers. gonna try the @absolutely true [email protected] before i see him at the SCBWI conference. if anyone has any other alexie recommendations, lemme know...

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I started this book this morning and it is 11:37 and I just finished it. I guess I am destined to read Sherman Alexi books in one day. While i felt that Junior from The Diary of a Part Time Indian, was such a sweet and honest role model for many MS boys, I was left with my jaw on the floor with the protagonist in Flight. Zits, is damaged goods.

Beyond the course language and descriptive violence of this book there is some beauty for sure, however, I am not sure if this is a MS age appropriate book. Spanning topics like alcoholism and drug abuse, sexual abuse and genocide, this does not make for light reading.

It is an important book, but one that perhaps only highly confident and critical readers should read with the help of an adult or in a group.

I think it has a place in our Grade 8 libraries, but I will recommend it with caution to the right kid at the right time. If you choose to read this book, I think that you should check with me so I can help you make sense of some of the difficult ideas and images.

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@Im a time-traveling mass murderer and my name is Zits,@ (84) the main character tells us about himself. He takes a journey, a mythical solitary Ghost Dance, where he finds himself inhabiting the bodies of people from different eras and different sides of American/Indian conflicts, witnessing and engaging in the turmoil, revenge, hate, love, beauty, and humanity of the ongoing strife between Indians and their opponents throughout Americas tainted history with native people. All this mirrors, amplifies, and helps him make sense of his own struggles with violence, pain, abuse, neglect, teenage loneliness, outsider status, lack of fulfillment, and confusion about life as a half-Indian foster kid who had been abandoned when his white mother died of cancer but his Indian father had never claimed him, thus denying him his identity as an Indian. How it is possible that Sherman Alexie comments on the inevitable demise of American Indians yet offers us hope at the same time?

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