Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illus. by YuYi Morales. My mother’s name is Agnes. My sister’s name is Lillian. But my name is Thunder Boy Smith Jr. and people call me LITTLE THUNDER. That is not a normal name. I HATE MY NAME! I am named after my father: Thunder Boy Smith Sr. and people call him BIG THUNDER.
My mother wanted to name me Sam, Sam is a normal name. I want a name that sounds like me. I want a name that celebrates something cool that I’ve done. I’ve climbed a mountain, maybe my name should be TOUCH THE CLOUDS. I like to go to garage sales with my mom, so maybe my name should be OLD TOYS ARE AWESOME. Little Thunder continues the possibilities of names for himself. Finally, his father tells him that he is going to give a new name to his son. The name he gives him will light up the sky. This is an engaging story that is fun to read.