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The book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” is about a Native American teenager named Arnold “Junior” Spirit, and his life during his first year of school. The author Sherman Alexie makes the situations humorous when they are sometimes difficult and emotional. The story is setting is mainly on the Spokane Indian Reservation, where alcohol is clearly more important to the residents than a quality education. Junior decides to transfer to a higher quality school that is more than twent miles away, and is also a all white school, called Reardan High School. The transfer however is difficult because he is the only Indian at the school besides the school mascot, and in the transfer he also loses his best friend because he is considered a traitor. The transfer isn’t all bad though, Junior tries out for the basket ball team and makes it on the varsity team as a freshman. The story continues to describe the struggles of going through life as the only Indian in an all white school, with all the disabilities that he has been given, and family members being taken by alcohol, that make his life more difficult than an average teenager. Resiliency is a term that means the act of rebounding or springing back. There are many events in this book that I would believe as being difficult for a person of any ethnicity or background, as being difficult, let alone being the only Native American, with many disabilities, at an all white school. Junior comes to many obstacles, the first one being making the decision to leave the reservation school to go to a school where he is highly the minority. His father is the one who keeps him focused on what is important, and tells Junior that the students at Reardan are no better than he is, and that is what keeps him sticking to his commitment. I see this “encouragement” from the father all through out the story,…...

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