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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Nov 04, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

Arnold “Junior” Spirit is a fourteen-year-old Spokane Indian who has grown up on a reservation. Junior has endured a difficult life. He was born with “water on the brain”, he has a stutter, his head is big, and he’s a terrible fighter – all those attributes are fodder for relentless teasing. However, with his best friend Rowdy to protect him life is tolerable on the “rez” but not hopeful. When a teacher encourages him to leave the reservation he transfers to an all-white school 22-miles away. Leaving the reservation makes him enemy number one of all “rez” residents including his best friend. His new school is not smooth sailing either with racial names and joke that requires him to punch the stud of the school in the face. Even though he had a rough start he begins to enjoy his school and they also accept and like him. He meets the girl of his dreams and even is dating her, he makes the varsity basketball team, and he is making friends. With the good comes the bad and back home his sister leaves the “rez”, his father’s best friend is murdered, Rowdy won’t talk to him, his grandmother is killed, and then an immediate family member dies. Junior continues to find hope and does so through his family, friends, and basketball.

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