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A 14 year old boy from Spokane Indian Reservation narrates this book where he talks about his nothing-special very normal life! It’s a YA fiction written by Alexie Sherman. A little book which is a magnificent read that won a National Literary award.

Junior, a spokane Indian, lives a life sans hope in a reservation. Junior is born with an enormous head, stutters and has a lisp. His best friend Rowdy would beat up anyone who bullies Junior! He talks about all things in his life.. Sad, funny, normal! The cartoons he makes lighten up the gloomy reality of rez life! They just compliment the writing so beautifully!  He is living the mundane rez life until he joins the white school Rearden! He gets courage and hope to realise what he wants from his life! And he shines!

The writing is simple, quirky and provocative with lots of witty but slightly dark humour and amazing cartoon illustrations! The author touches weighty topics like death, poverty, racism with such simplicity as a teenager! It’s a tale of hope.  This book is a perfect example of how ordinary things can be interesting in an extraordinary way! A sure recommendation!

Some quotes:

“If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.”

“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It’s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together.

You can do it.”