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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Staff Pick

Once I started this book, I couldn't stop reading. Not only is this young adult book funny and touching — it feels so real. Anyone of any age who has struggled to know themselves and has fought for happiness will find resonance in the words and pictures in this impressive work.
Recommended by Jill S., Powells.com

Although based (mostly) on his own experience growing up on an Indian reservation, this seemingly depressing tale is anything but. Hilariously funny, lighthearted but wholly sobering, Alexie's story kept me absorbed through the night.
Recommended by Jill S., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Review:

"Screenwriter, novelist and poet, Alexie bounds into YA with what might be a Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes, a coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends it universality, and so emotionally honest that the humor almost always proves painful. Presented as the diary of hydrocephalic 14-year-old cartoonist and Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit Jr., the novel revolves around Junior's desperate hope of escaping the reservation. As he says of his drawings, 'I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.' He transfers to a public school 22 miles away in a rich farm town where the only other Indian is the team mascot. Although his parents support his decision, everyone else on the rez sees him as a traitor, an apple ('red on the outside and white on the inside'), while at school most teachers and students project stereotypes onto him: 'I was half Indian in one place and half white in the other.' Readers begin to understand Junior's determination as, over the course of the school year, alcoholism and self-destructive behaviors lead to the deaths of close relatives. Unlike protagonists in many YA novels who reclaim or retain ethnic ties in order to find their true selves, Junior must separate from his tribe in order to preserve his identity. Jazzy syntax and Forney's witty cartoons examining Indian versus White attire and behavior transmute despair into dark humor; Alexie's no-holds-barred jokes have the effect of throwing the seriousness of his themes into high relief. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally — and hilariously and triumphantly — bent in this novel about coming of age on the rez....Junior's spirit...is unquenchable, and his style inimitable..." Horn Book

Review:

"The teen's determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race, delivers a positive message in a low-key manner." School Library Journal

Review:

"Alexie nimbly blends sharp wit with unapologetic emotion in his first foray into young-adult literature." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience, and he doesn't pull many punches as he levels his eye at stereotypes both warranted and inapt....Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here." Booklist

Synopsis:

Based on the author's own experiences, this first young adult novel by bestselling author Alexie features poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art as it chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy attempting to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Synopsis:

In her sixteen years of life, Starbird has never touched a dollar bill. Shes never been in a car. Shes never used a cell phone.
 
Thats because Starbird has always lived on the Free Family Farm, a commune in the woods of Washington State.
 
But all that is about to change. When Starbird gets her “Calling” to be a waitress at the Free Familys restaurant in Seattle, she decides to leave behind the only home shes ever known. 
 
Nothing could have prepared Starbird for the World Outside, or for what it would teach her about the Family—and herself.
 
From the author of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door comes this hilarious and poignant story about finding your true calling in life.

Synopsis:

This is an exceptional poetry collection written by Lakota students in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The historic school was founded in 1888 at the request of Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota. The poems enable readers to learn about the unique lives and heritage of students growing up in such distinctive circumstances and straddling cultures. The collection was compiled by a teacher at the school, working with school administrators, and contains never-before-published artworks by award-winning artist S. D. Nelson.

Praise for Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky

STARRED REVIEW

"This is an important collection that offers opportunities for insight into a culture that has too often been either ignored or misunderstood."

--Booklist, starred review

"A moving, fascinating glimpse across cultures. Vivid, polychromatic illustrations by Nelson accompany the studentsand#8217; evocative works."

--Kirkus Reviews

"As a collection, the poems present an interesting, eye-opening look at the Lakota culture, which is one that is often overlooked. The paintings by S.D. Nelson are gorgeous and vibrant."

--Library Media Connection

Awards:

New York Public Libraryand#8217;s Children's Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list

HONORABLE MENTION - 2012 Aesop Accolade, American Folklore Society

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013

About the Author

Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian. He earned a 1994 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, was a citation winner for the PEN/Hemingway Award for the Best First Book of Fiction, and was recently named one of Granta's Best of the Young American Novelists. Alexie is the author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which served as the basis for a film that premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His book Reservation Blues won him the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award. Alexie's several books of poetry include I Would Steal Horses, Old Shirts & New Skins, First Indian on the Moon, and The Summer of Black Widows.

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Alisa B, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by Alisa B)
You can say I'm sheltered. I am from a middle class background and am blessed to live in a nice area. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie opened my eyes to many the challenges living in a different environment would present using the voice of his humorous young narrator.

The narrator of this novel is named Arnold, but he is called Junior by his family. He is an Native American living on a impoverished reservation. Junior was born with too much cerebral fluid in his brain leaving him with a lisp and overly large head marking him as an outcast from the start. He transfers out of his reservation school to an all white one and manages to change the way the students at his school and the people on his reservation view the world. At most times Junior is a wisecracking, mocking narrator, but at times he delves into deeper things with great insight such as when he talks about his poor financial situation concluding that, "poverty doesn't give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No poverty only teaches you about being poor" (13).
It was easy to connect with Junior because he ruminates on things that all teenagers would such as his lack of a girlfriend and deals with problems that people in all walks of life face such as the death of loved ones.

This novel is funny a yet still manages to touch on serious matters. However it took me one sitting to read, so I would recommend this to someone looking for a light hearted, easy book to pass the time.
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magnawat, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by magnawat)
This is a great story for anyone who's ever thought they might not fit into the group. Mr. Alexie wrote it as a book for Young Adults, but both my husband and I are old adults and enjoyed it.
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janice gill, September 14, 2009 (view all comments by janice gill)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian is the best of the best by one of my favorite authors. I was ecstatic when I learned that Alexie had written a book for children. I read the book to my son, who prior to this book tended to resist reading, and by page one he was eating it up, begging me to stay awake to finish "just one more chapter"! The cartoons, going hand-in-hand with the coming of age story that any child, but particularly my biracial son, could relate to, reeled him in, but the story is what kept him going and eventually had him asking for his own copy, which he is now reading for his second time. This makes a third generation of avowed Alexie fans in my family. This book has it all: the unmatchable subtle Alexie humor, a good story, characters you can't help but admire and, for the kid in all of us, those understated, compelling drawings. Go check a copy out of your library today!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316013680
Author:
Alexie, Sherman
Publisher:
Little, Brown Young Readers
Illustrator:
Forney, Ellen
Author:
Marshall, Joseph
Author:
Nelson, S. D.
Author:
Vaughn, Lauren Roedy
Author:
Finneyfrock, Karen
Author:
McLaughlin, Timothy P.
Subject:
People & Places - United States
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Native American
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Diaries
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Indian reservations
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Native Americans; Spokane Indians; Cultural identity; Cultural assimilation; Cultural differences; Cultural conflict; Reservation life; School; Teachers; Students; Alcoholism; Alienation
Subject:
Native Americans; Spok
Subject:
ane Indians; Cultural identity; Cultural assimilation; Cultural differences; Cultural conflict; Reservation life; School; Teachers; Students; Alcoholism; Alienation
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
12-22

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Product details 288 pages Little, Brown Young Readers - English 9780316013680 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Once I started this book, I couldn't stop reading. Not only is this young adult book funny and touching — it feels so real. Anyone of any age who has struggled to know themselves and has fought for happiness will find resonance in the words and pictures in this impressive work.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Although based (mostly) on his own experience growing up on an Indian reservation, this seemingly depressing tale is anything but. Hilariously funny, lighthearted but wholly sobering, Alexie's story kept me absorbed through the night.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Screenwriter, novelist and poet, Alexie bounds into YA with what might be a Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes, a coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends it universality, and so emotionally honest that the humor almost always proves painful. Presented as the diary of hydrocephalic 14-year-old cartoonist and Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit Jr., the novel revolves around Junior's desperate hope of escaping the reservation. As he says of his drawings, 'I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.' He transfers to a public school 22 miles away in a rich farm town where the only other Indian is the team mascot. Although his parents support his decision, everyone else on the rez sees him as a traitor, an apple ('red on the outside and white on the inside'), while at school most teachers and students project stereotypes onto him: 'I was half Indian in one place and half white in the other.' Readers begin to understand Junior's determination as, over the course of the school year, alcoholism and self-destructive behaviors lead to the deaths of close relatives. Unlike protagonists in many YA novels who reclaim or retain ethnic ties in order to find their true selves, Junior must separate from his tribe in order to preserve his identity. Jazzy syntax and Forney's witty cartoons examining Indian versus White attire and behavior transmute despair into dark humor; Alexie's no-holds-barred jokes have the effect of throwing the seriousness of his themes into high relief. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally — and hilariously and triumphantly — bent in this novel about coming of age on the rez....Junior's spirit...is unquenchable, and his style inimitable..."
"Review" by , "The teen's determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race, delivers a positive message in a low-key manner."
"Review" by , "Alexie nimbly blends sharp wit with unapologetic emotion in his first foray into young-adult literature."
"Review" by , "Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience, and he doesn't pull many punches as he levels his eye at stereotypes both warranted and inapt....Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here."
"Synopsis" by , Based on the author's own experiences, this first young adult novel by bestselling author Alexie features poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art as it chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy attempting to break away from the life he was destined to live.
"Synopsis" by ,
In her sixteen years of life, Starbird has never touched a dollar bill. Shes never been in a car. Shes never used a cell phone.
 
Thats because Starbird has always lived on the Free Family Farm, a commune in the woods of Washington State.
 
But all that is about to change. When Starbird gets her “Calling” to be a waitress at the Free Familys restaurant in Seattle, she decides to leave behind the only home shes ever known. 
 
Nothing could have prepared Starbird for the World Outside, or for what it would teach her about the Family—and herself.
 
From the author of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door comes this hilarious and poignant story about finding your true calling in life.
"Synopsis" by , This is an exceptional poetry collection written by Lakota students in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The historic school was founded in 1888 at the request of Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota. The poems enable readers to learn about the unique lives and heritage of students growing up in such distinctive circumstances and straddling cultures. The collection was compiled by a teacher at the school, working with school administrators, and contains never-before-published artworks by award-winning artist S. D. Nelson.

Praise for Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky

STARRED REVIEW

"This is an important collection that offers opportunities for insight into a culture that has too often been either ignored or misunderstood."

--Booklist, starred review

"A moving, fascinating glimpse across cultures. Vivid, polychromatic illustrations by Nelson accompany the studentsand#8217; evocative works."

--Kirkus Reviews

"As a collection, the poems present an interesting, eye-opening look at the Lakota culture, which is one that is often overlooked. The paintings by S.D. Nelson are gorgeous and vibrant."

--Library Media Connection

Awards:

New York Public Libraryand#8217;s Children's Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list

HONORABLE MENTION - 2012 Aesop Accolade, American Folklore Society

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013

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