A Must Read Novel
The Power of Courage and Perseverance
Arnold, an Indian boy growing up on an Indian reservation, has always been different. Since birth, he has had physical deformities ranging from his heart to his feet. His struggle with fitting in to the mainstream community on the reservation is difficult enough, but when he makes the decision to attend a white-majority school in a white-majority town, Reardan, he is making a decision so bold that it has never been attempted before. This story takes you on a first person perspective journey of the accounts Arnold and his attempt to thrive as a black sheep in a pack of white sheep. Will Arnold find a way to overcome adversity, or will he wilt under the pressure of being the visual "outcast?"
This is a book that I never wanted to put down. Alexie's ability to intrigue the reader with vivid detail, exciting dialogue, and a hooking storyline are what impressed me and allowed me to get lost over the course of digesting the literature. I found myself empathizing with Arnold, and my feelings often corresponded with his. As a new fifth grader at Fenn, I came in an odd year and found myself struggling to bond with people right away. Like Arnold, I knew that making friends would be a bit of a challenge and my first year at Fenn had many ups and downs. When I look at many kids today who seem like they may be struggling to find friendships, I often think of Arnold and I do my best to include these kids in enjoyable activities and conversations.
"A Part Time Story of a Full Time Indian" is a novel accounting the journeys of Arnold, an Indian boy doing his best to fit in at a majority-white school, Reardan. This book is emotionally riveting and is easy to visualize, enhancing the story to a maximum level.