The book is a tale of the quirky teen boy called Junior. Think Spokane Indian meets David Sedaris. The young teen is a misfit of sorts. But he’s smart and resourceful. He doesn’t let his disabilities limit him. Junior lives on a rez and yearns for a better life. So he transfers to the “white” school down the road and boy does he make an impact there. You hafta read it to believe it.
As if the story didn’t grab you, the illustrations are equally as enjoyable. They are drawings done by the narrator, our main character; funny, insightful, and spot on. Think Diary of a Wimpy Kid on hormones.
What is so important in this book is that not only is the tale about Native Americans and their plight, but that we are all just people. And really, people are really the same. The insight into the Native American lifestyle, their culture, their hindrances, and the ugly stereotypes need to be more widely broadcast.
I give this book four paws but caution you: its not for the squeamish; probably 15 and older.