This is great book intended for young people. It was recommended to me by my niece who read it in honor of National Banned Books week last year (http://www.ala.org/bbooks/). Alexie’s book does not shy away from ugly truths about being poor, weird and part of an Indian reservation with major alcohol abuse problems. The diarist, Junior/Arnold, is a 14-year-old Spokane Indian who loves to draw. The book is filled with his cartoons and his take on being an outsider both in the white community and on the reservation. I loved Junior and I admired his courage and will to succeed despite the odds. I’m so glad books like this are available at our library.
By Sherman Alexie