I just finished this great book. I read it so that I could recommend it to my students and discovered that I shouldn't. I handed it to my seventh grade son and he enjoyed it, but I suggest reading it before recommending it to your middle school child. You might have objections that I didn't. Girls might enjoy reading it, but I see it as a strong "boy book."
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian is a valuable read. It addresses the issue of being a "smart kid" and the feelings of isolation that can accompany it. It addresses the issues of poverty friendship, loyalty, love, and death. As a teacher, it reminded me of my potential to impact an at-risk student and how hard it is for some students just to attend school. There are many good reasons to recommend it to teen readers! I'm so glad I finally picked it up!