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The heartbreakingly funny semi-autobiographical story of an American Indian boy who manages to leave the reservation despite overwhelming odds. Over 1.5 million copies sold.

An all-new edition of the tragicomic smash hit which stormed the New York Times bestseller charts, now featuring an introduction from Markus Zusak.

In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. It chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy.

'Excellent in every way' Neil Gaiman

Illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.


A gem of a book . . . may be Sherman Alexie's best work yet

New York Times

It's humane, authentic and, most of all, it speaks


Funny, frank and engaging

Evening Standard

A remarkable tale that is sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages to come

USA Today

Emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic and devastatingly funny

San Francisco Bay Guardian

A coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends its universality

starred review, Publishers Weekly

Worth re-reading purely for the quality of the prose. Poignant and often heart-breaking, but ultimately very much uplifting.


Deftly mingles raw feeling with funny, sardonic insight

starred review, Kirkus

Totally deserves to be on any 13+ reading list.

An Absolute Must Read for teens, Lovereading

As painful, pungent and provocative as it was first time around.

Irish Times, Robert Dunbar

Unusual and uplifting story of ambition, loyalty and acceptance.

Armadillo Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    March 2, 2015


    272 pages

    RRP $19.99

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