A Novel By: Sherman Alexie
Art By: Ellen Forney
Inspired by the author's own experiences while growing up, this book tells the story of an Indian boy rising above the life he was expected to live.
“And that a basketball game, even between two small schools in the middle of nowhere, can be a difference between being happy and being miserable for the rest of my life.” (pg.184)
Born with a variety of medical problems Junior is picked on by everyone except his best friend. Due to his determination to receive a great education Junior leaves the rez to go to an all white school in the neighboring farm town. Even though the people of his tribe have labelled him as a traitor, Junior lives life with a ton of laughter and wit.
This book is both heart wrenching and hilarious at the same time. While reading this sometimes I will catch myself laughing on the outside while my heart is breaking on the inside. This is an ABSOLUTELY wonderful book that will leave you with both laughs and tears.
Review by Nia, 2023