A remarkable and heart warming story of survival that avoids sadness or sentimentality because of its original story telling and brilliant black humour. Junior relates the complicated journey of his life travelling from the poverty and lack of opportunity on a reservation to a new life with different problems a shrewd eye, compassion and exceptional understanding. A fantastic journey of discovery for all readers.
Jenny Downham, YA author - "This is a book I discovered only recently. It made me jealous because the writing is so acute and the writer so talented! It delighted me for the very same reasons. This is the funniest, wisest book I’ve read in a long time. A complex story of identity. Truly beautiful."
An all-new edition of the tragicomic smash hit which stormed the New York Times bestseller charts, now featuring an introduction from Markus Zusak. In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. It chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy.
It is illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.
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A gem of a book ... may be Sherman Alexie's best work yet New York Times
It's humane, authentic and, most of all, it speaks Guardian
A remarkable tale that is sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages to come USA Today
Emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic and devastatingly funny San Francisco Bay Guardian
A coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends its universality -- starred review Publishers Weekly
Excellent in every way Neil Gaiman
|Publication date:||29th January 2015|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Bookshelf Essentials, Reviewed by Children|
Sherman Alexie combines his successful writing career with stand-up comedy. His siblings, with whom he grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation in the east of Washington state, are surprised people find him funny, he says. "I was always the depressed guy in the basement. But I've borrowed their sense of humour and made it darker and more deadly - a weapon of self-defence. Being funny you win hearts quicker; people laughing are more apt to listen."More About Sherman Alexie