The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian, by Sherman AlexieRead about another entry on the list.
National Book Award winner Alexie’s classic centers on misfit Junior, a kid from the reservation who escapes a pretty dark fate—if his family’s fortunes are any indication—by going to a school off-res. He’s pretty much the only non-white kid there, and that’s just the beginning of all the ways he doesn’t fit in. He’s an artist, has epilepsy, is smaller than most of the other students, and is decidedly geeky to boot. His new kid in school experience teaches him way more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic.
The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian is among Jenny Downham's ten top grandmothers in fiction.