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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Staff Pick

The engaging story and believable characters can pull in reluctant readers, but this novel has appeal for all ages. Alexie has a talent for expressing emotional truths without coming across as sentimental. This is the kind of book you want to keep handy so that you can pass it on to friends.
Recommended by Tracy H., Powells.com

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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 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 thought he was destined to live. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexie's YA debut, released in hardcover to instant success, receiving seven starred reviews, hitting numerous bestseller lists, and winning the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

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Alexie's National Book Award winner chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live. Includes poignant drawings that reflect the character's art.

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AJ W, October 18, 2014 (view all comments by AJ W)
Being a 14-year-old boy, being different is one of the most challenging things to do. No one wants to be looked at differently or seen as an outsider. Many people don't realize how much courage it takes to be different and to do something you believe in. Arnold Spirit, a poor Indian boy, goes on a journey where discrimination poverty and hardship is constantly apparent. When his tribe has given up all hope, he decides to take matters into his own hands and goes to a new wealthy school filled with Caucasian children. This is almost unheard of as poor Indian boy and his actions begin to stir up commotion throughout the reservation where he lives. His dreams and goals are supported, but not always understood by his dysfunctional family and befriend. His best friend rowdy and him have a longtime bond and deep friendship, which causes them to greatly influence each other under circumstances and events that do not always favor their friendship.

This book is funny, relatable, and will keep you reading until the very end. Arnold’s courage and bravery really inspires me to take new risks in life. I recommend this book to kids at the ages of through 14-18.
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Carli T, October 21, 2013 (view all comments by Carli T)
Being a part of an Inuit Alaskan tribe is a truly unique thing. I am immersed in a whole different culture full of folktales passed down from generation to generation as well as different ways of life then now. When I saw that this book was among the many choices on my required reading list, I knew this was a must read.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie tells of a young boy born into poverty along with being born with "fluid of the brain". He has an over-sized head, hands, and feet; he also suffers from poor eyesight, seizures, lisps and stutters. Having these problems cause him to struggle in school, along with being bullied harshly. A week into school, being so fed up with his situation, he decides to move into an all white school. There he is further bullying and he has either two choices: to let himself continue to be mistreated by his peers or to stand up for himself to discover a new self-reliant part of him.
I really enjoyed this book and felt that past the Native American connection I have, I could relate to the characters situation. I myself have people who don't like me, but seeing Arnold's situation made me realized how blessed I am. I felt this book was well written and was an entertaining page turner.
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Carli T, October 21, 2013 (view all comments by Carli T)
Being a part of an Inuit Alaskan tribe is a truly unique thing. I am immersed in a whole different culture full of folktales passed down from generation to generation as well as different ways of life then now. When I saw that this book was among the many choices on my required reading list, I knew this was a must read.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie tells of a young boy born into poverty along with being born with "fluid of the brain". He has an over-sized head, hands, and feet; he also suffers from poor eyesight, seizures, lisps and stutters. Having these problems cause him to struggle in school, along with being bullied harshly. A week into school, being so fed up with his situation, he decides to move into an all white school. There he is further bullying and he has either two choices: to let himself continue to be mistreated by his peers or to stand up for himself to discover a new self-reliant part of him.
I really enjoyed this book and felt that past the Native American connection I have, I could relate to the characters situation. I myself have people who don't like me, but seeing Arnold's situation made me realized how blessed I am. I felt this book was well written and was an entertaining page turner.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316013697
Author:
Alexie, Sherman
Publisher:
Little, Brown Young Readers
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Native American
Subject:
People & Places - United States
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Indian reservations
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 240 pages Little, Brown Young Readers - English 9780316013697 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The engaging story and believable characters can pull in reluctant readers, but this novel has appeal for all ages. Alexie has a talent for expressing emotional truths without coming across as sentimental. This is the kind of book you want to keep handy so that you can pass it on to friends.

"Synopsis" by , Alexie's National Book Award winner chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live. Includes poignant drawings that reflect the character's art.
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