In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a cartoonist who grows up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State.
He leaves his troubled school to attend a high school in the neighboring town completely different from his own, determined to make his life better.
Inspired by his own upbringing, Alexie chronicles the life of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
The book uses humor and cartoons drawn by Ellen Forney to tell this heartwarming story about growing up.
(excerpt: pages 4 - 6 & 9 - 10)
FYI: this book is considered M for mature.