If Junior Spirit’s life isn’t hard enough living on the Spokane Indian reservation, it’s made worse by his copious health problems, making him the reservation outcast. His friend Rowdy, however, always has his back. Unfortunately, as Rowdy’s name suggests, he’s not afraid to fight with anyone, including Junior. When Junior concludes his education stands a better chance if he leaves the reservation to attend high school in the next town over, even Rowdy turns his back on him. Junior then leads a double life – one where he makes the basketball team and hides his poverty from his classmates, and one where life continuously deals heavy blows. But through it all, Junior maintains a shining attitude and wit that will having you laughing and crying at the same time. The book’s dark topics are made just a little brighter with brilliant artwork on every other page. The Absolutely True Dairy of a Part-Time Indian is heartbreaking, funny, and inspiring.
By Megan W.