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Heartbreaking and Hopeful
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Reader reviewed by Amy Ward

It only took me one day to read Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.  When this happens, it's because the book is so good and engrossing I don't want to put it down.  This book is heartbreaking and joyful and hopeful!  It's the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian, that transfers from his reservation high school to an all-white high school in a nearby town.  He receives grief from both sides but ends up finding the hope he has always wanted and needed.  Junior goes through a lot of life-changing events during his first year at the new school.  By the end of the story, he has come full circle.  He's able to embrace both his past and his present while looking towards the future.  It's an amazing ride!  It's a bittersweet look at the life of a boy stuck between doing what he wants and doing what is expected.  I highly recommend this book for all ages, young and old!

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