What is the main idea of chapters 1-6 of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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Chapters 1-6 of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian are the narrative exposition of the entire story. They serve to establish the character of the protagonist and narrator, Junior. He is a smart, humorous, and hopeful fourteen year old Spokane Indian who, due to a brain condition in infancy, is growing up with several severe physical disabilities. Additionally, these chapters provide necessary background information, including the setting, which is a Spokane Indian Reservation in Eastern Washington during the present time. Some supporting characters are introduced, such as Junior's parents, sister, and best friend Rowdy. Finally, these chapters begin to unfold the main conflict of the book. As a result of his disabilities as well as simply growing up as a poor Native American on a reservation, Junior has many struggles to overcome.

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