Book cover: Thunder Boy Sherman Alexie
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016.
Grades K-2

Thunder Boy Smith, Jr., loves his dad, but he doesn’t love being named after him. “Can I tell you a secret? … I Hate My Name!”

Little Thunder, as he’s called, wants his own name – “I want a name that sounds like me. I want a name that celebrates something cool I’ve done — and spends much of the book dreaming up possible new names, based on his passions and imagined adventures.

At the end, his father gives him a new name that fits them perfectly together … “Our love will be loud and it will be bright!”

Thunder Boy Jr. is a simple, beautiful, excellent story for exploring identity and family, and for offering a peek into the lives of today’s indigenous Americans.