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ISBN13: 9780316013680
ISBN10: 0316013684
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Eva, November 5, 2007 (view all comments by Eva)
I loved this book! This semi-autobiographical story will make you laugh and cry. The reader will feel the sense of loss the main character Arnold Spirit feels when he leaves the rez to attend an all white school. Despite the obstacles, Spirit perseveres and manages to find his inner strength in the process.
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A clashing of cultures and ultimate reconciliation. It's all here. Read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316013680
Author:
Alexie, Sherman
Publisher:
Little, Brown Young Readers
Illustrator:
Forney, Ellen
Author:
Vaughn, Lauren Roedy
Author:
Finneyfrock, Karen
Author:
McLaughlin, Timothy P.
Author:
Tizon, Alex
Author:
Marshall, Joseph
Author:
Joe Schreiber
Author:
Nelson, S. D.
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
Subject:
Ethnic - Native American
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.02 lb
Age Level:
12-22

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Used Hardcover
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Product details 272 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 , A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's memoir, in the spirit of Richard Rodriquezs Hunger for Memory and Nathan McCalls Makes Me Wanna Holler—an intimate look at the mythology, experience, and psyche of the Asian American male

"Synopsis" by , Double crossings, kidnappings, CIA agents, arms dealers, boat chases in Venetian canals, and a shoot out in the middle of a Santa Claus convention ensue in this laugh out-loud action packed sequel to the critically acclaimed Au Revoir Crazy European Chick.
"Synopsis" by , When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band Inchworm, he cant resist a visit to Harrys Bar, where Gobi told him shed meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well . . . Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count. Double crossings, kidnappings, CIA agents, arms dealers, boat chases in Venetian canals, and a shootout in the middle of a Santa Claus convention ensue.
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Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita in this funny, action-packed young adult novel. Its prom night—and Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a muchanticipated

gig with his band in the Big Apple. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattans concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dads red Jag.

Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true teen coming-of-age adventure—and its not over until its “au revoir.”

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