What if all of Malden read the same book?
Winner of the National Book Award, this semi- autobiographical work of fiction features Arnold “Junior” Spirit, a Native American youth living on the Spokane Indian Reservation who decides to expand his life opportunities by attending an all-white high school outside the reservation. As he tries to straddle both worlds, he faces many serious losses and challenges.
Though it takes on difficult subjects such as Native American cultural loss, alcoholism, bullying, and racism, the book is both funny and engaging. It is the protagonist’s keen sense of humor, indomitable spirit, irreverent speech, and creative outlets such as sports and drawing that ultimately proves his resiliency.
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