The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
"Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation. Born with a variety of medical problems, he is picked on by everyone but his best friend. Determined to receive a good education, Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in the neighoring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Despite being condemned as a traitor to his people and enduring great tragedies, Junior attacks life with wite and humor and discovers a strength inside of himself that he never knew existed."
Softcover, 230 pages (young adult)