My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As someone who was born in Spokane and raised for a time in Coeur d’Alene, I really connected with the geography of the place in the book. Junior is a Spokane Indian and he makes the hard decision to leave the school on the reservation to go to Reardan many miles away. He has to hitch-hike and occasionally he misses school because his family is poor and has no money for gas. He deals with being an outsider both with his tribe and in his new, mostly white, school. The relationship between him and his best friend on the reservation becomes strained, and many in his tribe view him as a traitor, especially since he also plays on the rival school’s basketball team. But as the story progresses, Junior discovers things like what it means to be a part of a tribe, and how he personally comes to terms with the enormous amount of grief in his life. Beautiful book! One of my favorites for always. Will read again.