Sherman Alexie is the award-winning author of many great works of fiction, including The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which he later drafted into a screenplay for the independent film "Smoke Signals", a local favorite. He has been published in the prestigious New Yorker magazine, and his young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian garnered him a National Book Award. He is famous for his combination of humor and depth, and his ability to create Native American characters who are well-rounded and rich.
Flight is about a half Native, half Irish kid whose mother passed away and whose father is out of the picture. He jumps from foster home to foster home and in and out of jail, coping with his anger about losing his parents and his identity. He meets a kid who seems pretty smart at first, but who sends him down the path that leads him to make the biggest mistake of his life. He ends up paying for it in ways he never expected.
This is an exciting, challenging book that takes the reader on an adventure through Native American history.