Abigail Packard


Excellent, Young Adult, Sherman Alexie, Native American, Sports, Basketball, Education, High School

Document Type

Book Review


Arnold Spirit, Junior, has only known the Indian reservation that his family has lived on for generations. The kids tease him relentlessly for the birth defects that make his head too big, his eyes lopsided, and his speech stuttered. But Junior has always believed "Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” That is, until Junior decides to enroll in the local all-white high school twenty-two miles away. Now Junior has to face ridicule on both fronts, from the students at his new school and the kids he’s left behind at the reservation. But Junior learns to triumph as he makes new friends and works hard to break the cycle that has trapped his family for years.