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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


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ISBN13: 9780316013680
ISBN10: 0316013684
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
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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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Alexie, Sherman
Little, Brown Young Readers
Forney, Ellen
Finneyfrock, Karen
McLaughlin, Timothy P.
Tizon, Alex
Marshall, Joseph
Nelson, S. D.
Vaughn, Lauren Roedy
People & Places - United States
People & Places - United States - Native American
Social Issues - Adolescence
Indians of north america
Social Issues - General
Humorous Stories
Race relations
Indian reservations
Children s-General
Situations / Adolescence
Native Americans; Spokane Indians; Cultural identity; Cultural assimilation; Cultural differences; Cultural conflict; Reservation life; School; Teachers; Students; Alcoholism; Alienation
Native Americans; Spok
ane Indians; Cultural identity; Cultural assimilation; Cultural differences; Cultural conflict; Reservation life; School; Teachers; Students; Alcoholism; Alienation
Ethnic - Native American
People of Color
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from 9
Full-color illustrations
9 x 6 in 1.02 lb
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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 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 , An award-winning writer takes a groundbreaking look at the experience and psyche of the Asian American male.    Alex Tizon landed in an America that saw Asian women as sexy and Asian men as sexless. Immigrating from the Philippines as a young boy, everything he saw and heard taught him to be ashamed of his face, his skin color, his height.  His fierce and funny observations of sex and the Asian American male include his own quest for love during college in the 1980s, a tortured tutorial on stereotypes that still make it hard for Asian men to get the girl. Tizon writes: "I had to educate myself on my own worth. It was a sloppy, piecemeal education, but I had to do it because no one else was going to do it for me."  And then, a transformation. First, Tizons growing understanding that shame is universal: that his own just happened to be about race. Next, seismic cultural changes - from Jerry Yangs phenomenal success with Yahoo! Inc., to actor Ken Watanabes emergence in Hollywood blockbusters, to Jeremy Lins meteoric NBA rise.  Finally, Tizons deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young Asian men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed for the Asian American man. 
"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.
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