Bibliographic Information: Alexie, S. (2016). Thunder Boy Jr. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.

Annotation: This book is about a boy named after his father; however, he doesn’t like his “normal” name Sam. He wants his own name, so his dad picks the perfect name to describe him: Thunder Boy.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level:K-2

Readers who will like this book: Children learning about name traditions in different cultures.

Response/Rating(1-4): 2; I love the theme and importance the author puts on names. However, our names are our identity as an individual. This book doesn’t appreciate the tribal affiliations.

Text-Dependent Question: Why does Sam want a different name than his father?