Thumbs up for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Young adult.
Junior, a Spokane Indian, realizes that he will never escape the reservation unless he does something drastic. So he decides to go to the rich white school instead. You can probably guess that what happens will be both funny and sad. You would be right. Every American fourteen and up should read this (as should any non-American whose concept of Native Americans comes solely from Disney movies, and wants a more realistic image).
Jeez, it was a lot of pressure to put on a kid. I was carrying the burden of my race, you know? I was going to get a bad back from it.
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