What are five traumatic events in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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It seems the entire novel is one traumatic event after another for Junior as he deals with bullies, death, and his attempts to have a normal teenage life. Here are five traumatic events from the book in chronological order.

Changing Schools

Not only does Junior make a life-altering decision to change schools, but this switch involves race. Junior will now be attending a white school over 20 miles away from his home. This choice causes his tribe to hate him, and even his best friend, Rowdy, beats him up when Junior reveals his new life plan. Now he will enter a new environment without any friends.


Junior gets beaten up and robbed on Halloween night as he ironically tries to collect money for the "poor." Not only is he hurt, but he is dealing with the trauma of poverty that, at this point, Penelope is ignorant of.

The Death of His Grandmother

Junior's grandmother was hit and killed by a drunk driver. She dies during surgery. Her last words were to forgive the person who hit her....

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