by Sherman Alexie
Art by Ellen Forney
Rating: ◊◊◊◊♦ 5 stars
Junior, 14 years old and living on a reservation, attends an all-white school in a neighboring town.
Imagine the issues!
I howled with laughter at the cartoons. This is a quick read. For me, the cartoons tell the story and the words fill in the gaps. The cartoons bumped my rating from 4 to 5 stars.
Employing wit and imagination, Alexie touches on bullying, racism, poverty, etc. – without belaboring it. The point isn’t to immerse the reader in the problems, but to follow Junior through them to his next challenge.
This is the only Alexie book I have read, and probably the only one I will read. But I will almost certainly read this one several times.