National Book Award, Young People's Literature, 2007Sherman Alexie delivers a captivating, semi-autobiographical account of one Spokane Indian's struggle against incredible obstacles.
Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.
©2007 Sherman Alexie; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"Delivers a positive message." (School Library Journal)
My daughter, as a grad student, interviewed Sherman Alexi for her Masters project. She was so impressed with his kindness, his talent, and most of all, his spirit. I had heard her speak of him so often, and she recommended that I read his book. I love audio books, so I can work on other things while listening, and I have to admit I binge-listened all day, to this book. Loved every minute. He tells his story with humor, even though we, as the listener, can feel the sadness coming through. Even through all his many trials, he has managed to keep looking forward. I admire him.
I loved this book. It humorously and touchingly points out the struggles Arnold has growing up on a reservation near Spokane, and then transferring to a white school in ninth grade.
I absolutely loved this book and have devoured it twice in my studio after purchasing it a week ago. I love the narrator and the story is an impeccable roller coaster. It will have you laughing and crying within minutes of each other. Why did I wait so long to read Sherman Alexie? Why didn't I just do it sooner?
The narrator is wonderful too, I could listen to him forever.
How is it that the most mediocre and sub-par books are the kind that always end up in education?
If you don't HAVE to read this for school, there is NO reason to ever waste time reading, let alone waste money buying, this book.
I don't know who these authors have to blow to get the cash flow of getting there books into education, but I can guarantee this book isn't being taught for it's merit.
This novel is either crude and unintelligent and constantly switches between the two. It's impossible to identify a moral or theme in this novel. It switches between having and not having meaning. Nothing feels consistent. If I were to describe it perfectly, this novel is absurd.
This novels only redeeming value is its occasional expression of the protagonists individualism in a world governed by the idea of "race".
I thoroughly DO NOT RECOMMEND.
I couldn't stop thinking about the story and the character. makes you look at life on the reservation from their view, it was unforgettable, funny and serious altogether. I loved it, fell in love with the characters and relationships and will probably buy a physical copy to keep around the house for another read.
I'm an adult that enjoys the occasional YA novel. This story was sweet, funny, and sad - the first book I've read about modern life on a reserve. Would definitely recommend it to others.
if you can handle more than 1/2 hour of the narration, you are a better person than I
not in the first person
I wanted to scream
I heard about this book though teacher friends and students, but never got around to reading it. The narrator/author took some getting used to, but overall he proved perfect for Junior's voice, which makes sense, since I'm sure much of this was autobiographical. Some authors aren't great readers of their own work, but this audio really had me laughing out loud- and crying too. Really great read!
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