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Thunder Boy Jr.

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Thunder Boy Jr.

By Sherman Alexie; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316013727, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

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Description
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.
But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.
National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.


About the Author
A National Book Award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie is one of the most well-known and beloved literary writers of his generation. His works of fiction, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, have received numerous awards and citations. He lives in Seattle. Like Thunder Boy Jr., Sherman was named for his father. Since migrating to the United States from Mexico in 1994, Yuyi Morales has created some of our most celebrated children's books, including Nino Wrestles the World, Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, and many others. She is the winner of several awards, including a Pura Belpre Medal and a Caldecott Honor for Viva Frida. Yuyi divides her time between Mexico and California.


NPR
Monday, May 23, 2016

Alexie says he always struggled with being named after his dad — so he decided to write a book about it. Thunder Boy Jr. is about a little boy who is eager to have his own name and be his own person. More at NPR.org

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