Because it is a National Book Award Winner - AND I've heard so much about it all around bloggerland, I just read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Now the daunting question - did I like it?? As for giving me information about growing up on a reservation and the life of an American Indian - YES!!! Very enlightening and one of the best for this topic! Was I kept interested from beginning to end?? YES!!! The book was great at keeping me interested and wanting to know more. Did I enjoy the characters?? YES!! Junior is the main character - a teenage boy with physical disabilities but he doesn't let those stop him - he is a great character, full of life and a zest for life! You just want to cheer him on - and I love it that he's not afraid to tackle life head-on - despite all of the difficulites life deals him. Would I want my sons to read it?? Not for awhile - the book is about a teenage boy - I realize that - but I don't need to know how often he thinks about sexual matters - boys have enough trouble with that without giving them more reasons to think about it!! SO, in all - a great read - just not ready to suggest it to EVERYONE!!