I think this book is pretty good. This book tells a story about a young teenage Native American boy named Arnold (junior for short), starting his first year of high school. The story basically starts off talking about the beginning of his life. He tells you about his life when he was born, and what it was like living with a poor family on a reservation. Arnold was also bullied for a big part of his young life for both his race and his medical condition, but he'd realize he would be okay because his best friend Rowdy was always there for him. He fast forwards to when he starts his freshmen year of high school. Because of how poor he is, he has to go to poor school, and he becomes frustrated for the outdated supplies they give. He ends up transferring to an all white and a richer school where he goes through new experiences, some being and good and others being bad. He meets all new friends, one in particular being a girl named Penelope, whom of which he likes a lot.
I feel as if i can relate to the main character Arnold and his story, because high school can be a tough experience, especially when it comes to dealing with bullies in general. I enjoyed this book because he speaks out on bullying, and he shows that you definitely are not alone. He also speaks out on the racism he experiences throughout the book. Although one thing that I wasn't too big of a fan, is sometimes there is a humor, and he either takes a joke a bit far or keeps extending it from there, otherwise, everything else was in fair taste. If you are into reading experiences and stories about passed experiences like these, then i would definitely recommend this book. I believe this is a great book to have in school libraries, because there are lots of important lessons that can be learned from reading it.
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