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)
I selected this book before reading any reviews; I was curious about the title and found it kept getting my attention.
Alexie is a gifted word picturer. He had me totally on the res and feeling the emotions that he was relating. I'm not from the rez - just a little white boy who somehow grew up in similar surroundings and felt that this was a little bit of my story. I laughed and cried so much that I had to keep listening until the end. A must for your library. An easy but great listen.
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
No, the reader did a great job.
Life on the
The story was good, the performance was also good. My complaint is that the story was said to be for middle school ages and up. In my opinion it could be for high school and up, thus the reason for the 4 stars.
ALL THE BOOKS! I'm new to this audio book thing, but I found that it makes my daily commutes actually enjoyable! Now I'm addicted to audios!
Great Perspective Building
Grandmother Spirit was excellent. The way that Junior spoke of her, you knew she was the type of person you hoped you'd grow up to be.
Alexie through his reading somehow manages to ground the story and at the same time make it utterly fantastic. The man is magic.
I listened to this book during my daily commute to work. It took me about a week to complete it (you can judge that commute for yourself). Listening to Junior's humor through his rough and smooth times make my road rage melt away.
You really benefit from listening to the audio of this book. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in seeing things from a different perspective. Though my youth was similar in some aspects to Junior's - poverty, rural, black sheep - at moments I was in awe of his descriptions of those events. It should be on every school book list in America.
This book was engaging and funny. I enjoyed the author's narration. It made the production seem more authentic. The material was crass at times, and was definitely geared toward a teen audience, but I enjoyed it as a glimpse into American Indian culture written by an American Indian. Overall, I recommend with reservations.
I have long been a Sherman Alexi fan, but have never heard his voice or heard any of his stories read aloud (saw Smoke Signals numerous times though, which is different.) The story itself is a typical Sherman Alexi story, excellent and true and honest. Sherman Alexi's voice lends a new layer of excellence to what would already have been a great read. The book, and his voice, ended too soon.
I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. Such a great narration of his true life story. Alexie opens one's eyes into the real world and life of a Native American.
Starlight Thunderbolts Rainstorms Blissful Exhilaration Ocean Swimming Painting with my Hands on Wood. Life Is Worth it.
Well formed story of hardship, perseverance, bravery and a touch of coming of age. Nicely formed characters and interesting, well woven events told with masterful narration. Even humorous at times. Well done.
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