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What an amazing book -- truly hilarious, and so deep and probing about some of the most profound feelings a person can have while growing up: searching for their place, their people, and what they have to be good at.
Junior is on that search, and it takes him off the reservation he's grown up on, venturing (often, on foot) the miles into the nearest town's mostly white school. He gets his self-described scrawny body (the illustrations both add to our understanding of him, and are delightfully silly) into the halls and on the basketball courts, and stands up for himself and proves his worth, again and again.
A special and fascinating thing that can be done with this book is to look at it alongside Alexie's first short story collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and see how the ideas, characters, and sometimes similiar situations work as themes Alexie took from his life and explored again and again in his writing. Both books are so fantastic, in very different ways.
"A wonderful story of friendship, family relationships and staying true to yourself. The main character is completley believable. The author writes with a true ear for his intended audience." -- a reader like you