Recommended for Readers
in Grades 11 and up
2007 - National Book Award
2008 - ALA American Indian Youth Literature Award
This book has a considerable amount of mature content and language.
This is one of the most powerful books I've ever read. It's raw and painful and human and eye-opening. It's fast-paced, and examines ways that people are locked into groups and their intentional and unintentional sabotage of those who would move between groups and systems. Alcoholism, character deaths, slurs against various groups of people, and graphic violence are all part of the story. Heartbreaking and humorous, heartwarming, and autobiographical, this is an unforgettable read.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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