Fred McKindra
October 12, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Arnold ”Junior” Spirit often hitchhikes 22 miles from his Spokane Indian reservation to a local white school. Everyone resents him: his tribesmen, best friend, and new classmates.
Coming-of-Age Moment
He makes a list of every tribe he belongs to. Lowdown
Junior’s struggle with dueling identities, plus some scatological humor, lends new life to the minority-experience in Sherman Alexie’s narrative, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. B+

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