Sherman Alexie's emotional tale of a Native American boy leaving the reservation for more opportunity is not only award-winning but extremely popular with young readers.
Junior lives on a Native American reservation where opportunities are limited.
At his new school, Junior makes friends with Gordy, the school genius and nerd.
Gordy is unlike any friend Junior has known, and helps him see the value of reading and imagination.
Unfortunately, what should have been an accomplishment for Junior turns into a controversy.
In a basketball game between his old school and the new one, the conflicting loyalties Junior feels come to a breaking point.Junior also finds a white girl who likes him at Reardon High School, though she is anorexic and has troubles of her own.The key component of Junior's career at the white school is his involvement in basketball.Arthur's older sister Mary, whom he has always depended on as a friend, dies in an accidental trailer fire.Our young hero struggles to cope with these losses by focusing on his own sense of accomplishment and the joy of success.He respects his native heritage and accompanies his family on an outing to the cemetery to honor the graves of the loved ones lost during the course of the narrative.He also makes peace with Rowdy as they play a one-on-one basketball game.As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.During the last half of the book, just when Arthur Junior seems to be having some success, several painful losses come into his life.His beloved and wise grandmother, who represents the Indian side of his life, dies after being hit by a drunk driver.