The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Character Descriptions

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Arnold Spirit, Jr. ("Junior")

This protagonist and narrator of the novel is a fourteen-year-old Indian who is torn by his desire to achieve more than most Indians on the Reservation where he lives. He has some health complications due to having been born with water on the brain.

Rowdy

This character is the protagonist's best friend on the Indian Reservation. He views his friend's decision to attend a suburban white school as an act of betrayal.

Arnold Spirit, Sr.

This character is an alcoholic and often disappears for days at a time on alcoholic benders. He is also a gifted musician and his son believes that he could have made a living with his music if circumstances had been different.

Agnes Adams Spirit

This character is the protagonist's mother. She is intelligent and buys books by the pound, remembering everything she reads.

Penelope

This popular girl who attends Reardan...

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