1 The Black-Eye-of-the-Month Club
In chapter one of the novel “The Absolutley True Diary of a Part-Time Indian“, Arnold Spirit, called Junior, a 14-year-old Indian boy living on the “rez“ of the Spokane Indians and the narrator of the novel, says about himself that he was born with water on the brain. That’s the reason, why he had a dangerous operation when he was six months old . He was supposed to die during this surgery, but he didn’t .But his brain was supposed to suffer much damage and physical problems during his whole life, which became true.
One of these problems was that he had forty-two teeth, ten too many. So he was not able to close his mouth . The Indian Health Service pulled all ten teeth at the same day with only half of the normal amount of Novocain , because the white dentist thought Indians only feel half of the pain. Because of his brain damage Junior also has to wear ugly black plastic eyeglasses . He is nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. He is very skinny, but he has huge feet and hands .
And his skull is epic. So he is beaten up. Junior has a stutter and a lisp too , so he is called a retard every day . That’s because he always hangs out in his own house and draws cartoons. He draws because he wants everybody to understand him. Junior feels important with a pen in his hand . He thinks that this is the only way to become famous. (by meurphil)
2 Why Chicken means so much to Me
At the beginning of Chapter 2, Junior talks about bad things of being poor. He says that his family sometimes misses a meal. But the worst thing about being poor is that they’ve got no money.
He tells the story how his dog Oscar becomes really sick, he is lying on his bed with watery and snotty eyes. He starts vomiting and diarrhea blasts out of him. His mom comes and says to Junior that they don’t have any money for Oscar. After that his Dad comes in with his riffle and says to Junior he should carry Oscar outside. Junior knows what his father wants to do. Junior is mad.
He thinks of what would happen if somebody paid attention to the parents’ dreams. His mom would have gone to college and his father would have been a musician. But Junior says that Indians don’t get the chance to realize their dreams and that’s why their poor.
However his father has to kill Oscar. “I love you, Oscar”, Junior says and runs away as fast as he cab. At the end Junior’s father shoots Oscar and that’s how the chapter ends. (by opokgero)
3 Revenge Is My Middle Name
At the beginning of Chapter 3 “Why Revenge is my Middle name“ Rowdy is really sad about the death of his dog. He is so depressed he wants to die, but Rowdy tells him not, because nobody would notice that. He tells him about the alcoholic problems and goes to a powwow with Rowdy to have a little fun. Later Rowdy destroys a car after he got angry with Arnold. He runs accidentally into the Andruss brother’s camp and is hit.
The day after at home he explains the friendship with Rowdy and his embarrassing hobbies. (by gottjan)
4 Because Geometry is not a Country Somewhere Near France
The chapter deals with Junior getting his Geometry book and smashing it into his teacher’s face.
It’s his first day of high school and Geometry is his subject. First the teacher, Mr. P, comes into the classroom. Junior describes him as a weird person who sometimes forgets to come to school or teaches in his pyjamas. Mr. P has the books for the class and he passes them out. As Junior grabs his book he is very glad, so he wants to kiss it. But he stops, because he see that his mother has already used this book – so, it is at least thirty years older than he is.
He describes this feeling like his heart is hit with the force of a nuclear bomb. His hopes are floated up. He is angry, so he smashes the book into Mr. P’s face. (by webenikl)
5 Hope Against Hope
This chapter describes the conversation between Mr. P and Junior after he was suspended because of hitting Mr. P with a book. He apologizes to his teacher who forgives Junior. He confesses to Junior his bad deeds to Indian pupils and explains that these deeds are the reason why he forgives Junior. Mr. P tells Junior a secret about his bigger sister Mary: She liked to read and write romance novels but she always kept it safe at home from the other Indians. She was even good enough to publish her own book.
But then the teacher admits to his pupil that the reservation school only teaches kids how to give up and that Junior’s sister faded a bit more every year. Mr. P thinks that Junior deserves better and advises him to leave the rez and to change the school. While talking Mr. P becomes emotional and starts to cry.
In the end after their talk, Junior is not sure about his decision whether to leave the rez or to stay. (by zhanenti)
6 Go Means Go
The chapter Go Means Go is about Junior’s idea to transfer schools.
Junior thinks about his life. When Junior’s parents arrive at home, he asks both of them, who has got the most hope? The parents answer that white people have the most hope.
Junior tells them that he wants to change schools. He doesn’t want to go to Hunters, a school with poor Indians and poorer white kids. Junior does not want to change to Springdale either, a school filled with the poorest Indians and poorer-than-poorest white kids. He wants to go to Reardan which is twenty-two miles away. Reardan, a white farm town, is filled with farmers and rednecks, but it also has one of the best schools, with a computer room, a huge chemistry lab, a drama club, and two basketball gyms.
Junior can’t believe when he says that he wants to go to Reardan. His parents agree to transfer schools. But it will be hard for Junior to go to Reardan, because other Indians will be angry that Junior is leaving and there is no school bus which comes to the reservation to pick him up.
Junior knows that if he doesn’t go now, he never will. (by BonsJan)
7 Rowdy Sings the Blues
Junior decides to go to another school in Reardan. But he does not want to go there alone, he wants to take his best friend Rowdy with him. He searches for Rowdy to convince him of his plan. After Junior has informed his friend Rowdy, Rowdy at first thinks that Junior is telling a lie. He can not understand why Junior wants to get away fro m the reservation. Rowdy hates the Reardan High School and does not want to lose his best friend. Rowdy is in great pain and begins to cry. But Junior has no other choice because he does not feel well on the reservation because he is bullied. He wants to be different from other American Idians. He wants to change his life.
On the Reardan High School are successful white kids who win all the basketball games. After the conversation has escalated between Junior and Rowdy, Rowdy is angry and swears at him. He bagins to hit Junior, even into the face.
They part as enemies. (by hoppjuli)
8 How to Fight Monsters
In this chapter Arnold arrives at his new school full of white kids who discriminate him because of his origin .
When Junior arrives at school, everyone stares at him and he feels uncomfortable but he straightens himself .In class , he is again the centre of attention and pupils laugh about his name and his strange accent .After having talked to his neighbour Penelope in the beginning , soon everybody ignores him .
During the next days he is bullied by a group of big white guys until the point when their boss , Roger , takes it too far and insults Junior`s race . The Indian rules of fisticuffs state that you have to fight everybody who insults you, so Junior punches Roger in the face .As a result Roger is shocked and leaves him alone .
Junior is surprised by this reaction and wonders that the rules in this school are so different . (by hohnrobe)
9 Grandmother Gives Me Some Advice (Model Summary)
After the fight with Roger, Junior needs a bit of advice and talks to his grandmother. She tells him that Roger is the alpha male of the school, i.e. the leader who will now respect him because Junior has defended himself. Junior doesn’t really believe her and is afraid of going back to school. The next day Junior gets a lift from Eugene, an Indian who rides a cool motorbike and who really looks like an Indian. When they arrive at school, Roger sees him and says that he is quite impressed by the bike and Eugene. With re-newed self-confidence he later sees and greets Penelope. However, she does not seem to remember him and her friends giggle as he leaves.
(adapted from: RAAbits English Oktober 2009 – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (p.14: M7))
10 Tears of a Clown
This chapter tells the story when Junior was 12 years old and loved a girl whose name is Dawn.
During a sleepover Junior tells his best friend Rowdy this secret. Rowdy tells him, that Dawn is not interested in Junior. Junior cries and he says, he can not do anything against it, because he loves her so much.
When he finally stops crying, he says to Rowdy, that Rowdy should not tell anybody that he has cried because of a girl. Rowdy answers him, that he will never tell anybody. (by kramnoel)