This was quite an amazing read. Arnold 'Junior' Spirit begins life with huge challenges and so must learn early how to handle himself. He is part of a close community on the Wellpinit Reserve in Washington State, and all around him he sees no hope. Prodded by a teacher, he decides to transfer to a white school twenty-two miles away off the reservation, and the story proceeds. All the issues we read about - drugs, alcohol, poverty, hopelessness - are covered here, but with Arnold's unbelievable hope and courage and positivity and tolerance and love we don't feel discouraged at the end. He sees a path for change and tries to show it to those he loves, and he doesn't give up.

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