finished reading

I don't quite know where to begin with this book. I liked it a lot. It's a Young Adult novel and I can't wait to talk to my students about it. It's quite controversial and is a banned book. But there's nothing in it that I don't hear the students say, so the language isn't shocking. I listened to the book, performed by the author, and he made it come alive.

From the publisher:
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


Me, Myself, and I said...

As somebody who lives in a state with an enormous amount of "indian country" I'm curious as to why this is a banned book?

Kwizgiver said...

Mostly because of language--they use the word "retard" and there are some swears, plus references to masturbation. Nothing I don't hear on a regular basis at school.