So, I finally had a chance to read this year's National Book Award Winner in the YA category. I loved Arthur/Junior. Talk about an author creating a voice. Immediately a reader is drawn in to the story because you can't help but root for Junior. I've recommended the book to my husband, an English teacher in an economically-challenged community. I think many of his students can relate to the desire to get out of their current situation, as well as the conflict that arises when you do so. It's a wonderful story, not only to read, but to learn from as a writer. If you haven't already done so, take a few hours to read "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."

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