I'm thankful for books and that I know how to read. What a limited world one must have without the ability to read.
An alternative to the Alexie book is Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell, which I am reading now. About a 14 year old Navaho girl.
Also just read Lord of the Flies by William Goldberg. I read it as a freshman in high school, then again in my early forties, and, now, for the third time. It's disturbing, but Goldberg does a good job of showing us what people are like if left to their own devices.