Junior tells the reader to trust him—he and Rowdy are inseparable. One of them is the internal conflict that Junior has when he's debating whether or not he should transfer to Reardan High School, or to continue attending the reservation school. So, not knowing how to communicate or stick up for himself without punching , he didn't know how to fit in. Soon though, he makes friends and decides: it's okay, white people aren't bad even if some are racists. That all changed when Mr.
He was born with hydrocephalus water in the brain , which has led to a number of health problems. Junior tells his own story, the story of a boy growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington State. Of course, this book deals with difficult, often 'taboo' subjects, but that is why is is so important for an author to discuss these in a novel, because despite it being taboo, there is someone, somewhere out there dealing with similar issues. It is a rare condition to be born with excess spinal fluid on the brain, to have 42 teeth, and this signals one way in which Junior is special. Rowdy pushes Junior to the ground for laughing. He loves his family and his best friend, Rowdy, and he feels that he needs to make amends with Rowdy. I just finished reading this novel for my college english course.
When it comes time to have the extras removed, Junior learns Indian Health Services does major dental work only once per year. That is why I would absolutely recommend it to everyone. He also makes friends with Roger surprisingly , since Roger is a friend of Penelope. Junior's sister never even wakes as she is burned to death. He never loses sight of his goals, and that embodies a wholesome vision of success that is endearing.
Junior says he thinks Rowdy might be more important to him than his family, and he calculates the time he and Rowdy have spent together: 40,880 hours. In addition to having extra teeth, Junior is nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. Arnold also becomes a friend of a geek, Gordy. Not for elementary school children at school. The two then spend the evening and into the night playing one-on-one basketball, but they don't keep score.
Then he picks up a shovel that was lying around and attacks the minivan. The book is an autobiography of sorts that highlights the life of a Native American living in poverty on a reservation. The swearing was bothersome but not a deal-killer. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation and attends an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. There is also so swearing. Junior's best friend, Rowdy, is among those who make Junior's life miserable. It is really not for kids under 12.
Dodge was talking about petrified wood and Junior said it wasn't really wood because learned this at the Rez While the class is shocked Mr. It first started with him finding Penelope in the bathroom barfing her guts out. Then r shoes that it's educational because part of being educational is taking those risk like how junior did. He makes the basketball team and is happy with his life at Reardan, despite the fact that he often has to walk all or part of the distance because his parents have such limited resources. Summary: Why Chicken Means So Much to Me Junior wishes he could draw food and make it real.
A funny, inspiring, and brutally honest book about unfairness, racism, friendship, and pulling yourself up by the bootstraps. Determined to receive a good education, Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in the neighboring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Throughout the story their are different risks that the main character takes. So when he didn't get punched back, he was surprised. Still, they become close friends and start dating. My younger son got it and loved it regardless of the inappropriate words. Parents should know that there is a frank reference to masturbation and boy has his head sewn up without anasthaesia.
. He doesn't really accept himself, since he has multiple medical problems, and he has been beaten up since he was little. Though there are some sexual references, alcohol abuse, ect, Alexie gives us an intimate look into the life of a teenage boy with hopes and dreams who is lead to self-discovery by the people around him throughout the novel. If he went to Reardan, Junior had the possibility of actually being successful, and leaving the reservation, but that would also mean leaving his family, and his friends. Then I got to the masturbation discussion that went on for over a page. Rowdy was born the same day as Junior. Roger even gave Junior a ride home after a basketball game.
P says that Junior needs to leave the reservation if he wants to get some where in life Mr. Junior says, with better opportunities, his mom would have been a college professor, and his dad would have been a Jazz musician. The characters are believable, and readers will sympathize with Junior's plight. No matter how hungry he gets though, he knows eventually his parents will come home with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He is a Native American that lives in an Indian Reservation.