Synopses & Reviews
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
"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
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
"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.)
"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
"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
"Alexie nimbly blends sharp wit with unapologetic emotion in his first foray into young-adult literature." Kirkus Reviews
"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
There are good books, and there are great books, and then there are books with characters youll never forget. Vaughns debut about a high school senior whose struggle to fit in is compounded by the social quirks associated with her OCD is definitely one of those rare finds...A must-read.
Vaughn structures her debut as a combination of Danielles diary entries, e-mails, and the essays she writes for English class. Vaughn skillfully shows how making an actual friend and being introduced to the model of The Big Lebowskis Dude (and his ability to “abide”) contribute to Danielles upturn. Her problems dont go away, but her perspective on them and ability to cope shifts and improves.
Vaughn employs various mediums such as emails, English essays, and letters to structure the plot of this novel. This literary style creates a multidimensional view of Danielle and humanizes obsessive-compulsive disorder. This novel would be a great addition to any classroom or library because adolescents will learn about perseverance from a typical teenager who has a unique way of viewing and interacting with world.
PRAISE FOR STARBIRD MURPHY AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE:
"Readers will feel like theyre experiencing every step of Starbirds eye-opening journey firsthand." —Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR KAREN'S FIRST BOOK, THE SWEET REVENGE OF CELIA DOOR:
“Hilarious, exciting, and as painful as anybodys teenage years. Read it, please.”—Sherman Alexie, winner of the National Book Award, Young Peoples Literature, for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian “Celia is a quirky and unique character whose journey—through friendship and secrets and chocolate—will stay with readers long after they close the book.”—Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray “Hats—and hoodies—off to Karen Finneyfrock for an outstanding first novel that manages to be entertaining and important at the same time.”—James Howe, author of The Misfits “In her YA debut, Finneyfrock gives Celia a drily funny voice that keeps the narrative zipping along.”—Publishers Weekly “Suggest this to fans of David Levithans and A. S. Kings books, as well as all teens who feel outside the frenzy of high-school social life.”—Booklist
"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes."--(starred review), Publishers Weekly
"Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come."--USA Today
"Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic-all at the same time."--(starred review), VOYA
"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet."--New York Times
"In Big Little Man Alex Tizon fearlessly penetrates the core of not just what it means to be male and Asian in America, but what it means to be human anywhere."-Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild "Part candid memoir, part incisive cultural study, Big Little Man addresses - and explodes - the stereotypes of Asian manhood. Alex Tizon writes with acumen and courage, and the result is a book at once illuminating and, yes, liberating." -Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl "A well-paced, engaging combo of history, memoir, and social analysis. . . Tizons skill as a feature reporter serves the book well, producing a narrative that moves fluidly between subjects, settings, and gazes." -- Publishers Weekly “A deft, illuminating memoir and cultural history.” -- Kirkus Reviews "Written compellingly....eye-opening... deeply felt, extensively researched." -- Booklist "Tizons candid journey into the shifting and multiplying definitions of manliness and the masculine ideal is revelatory and sobering."-- Library Journal “Highly readable . . . This personal narrative of self-education and growth will engage any reader captivated by the sources of American, and Asian-American, manhood — its multitude of inheritances and prospects.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune “At once a ruthlessly honest personal story and a devastating critique of contemporary American culture . . . What makes [Tizons] writing compelling is his ability to investigate and explain complex topics, deftly weaving in information from websites, history texts, university research and social media, combined with intense self-examination. His willingness to look inward gives him more authority to unpack some of the damaging misperceptions about Asian men.” -- Seattle Times
"What follows are captures, tortures, machine guns, a helicopter rescue, and a kiss that is, like this addictive first novel for teens, a 'long, intoxicating dive through a sea of Red Bull.'"—Booklist, starred review
"Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
is a high-octane, high-caliber joyride centered on one very loud night in New York City, a sort of Nick & Norahs Infinite Hit List. As Perry deals with flying bullets, exploding glass, and college admissions, your assignment is much simpler (and safer): Read this book!" —Michael Northrop, author of Trapped
"Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
is the hilarious YA buzzbomb I've been waiting for all year. Has style and wit to burn. I read the whole thing in one sitting. Buildings explode, scores are settled, and the dialog is explosively funny. Pretty much every page does it to the hilt. Boom." —Sean Beaudoin, author of You Killed Wesley Payne
"Fast paced, smart, exciting . . . it's like your favorite summer action thriller and John Hughes movie rolled into one." —Josh Schwartz, executive producer of Gossip Girl
and The O.C.
"Plain and simple, its a blast. A couple of them, actually."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Perfect for action adventure junkies who will enjoy the car chases, thugs, graphic killing scenes, explosions, and a random bear fight, Schreibers debut novel also contains enough humor, sexual tension, distinctive language, and character development to make this more than just a quick thrill read."—Horn Book
"This not-so-subtle irony combined with Schreiber's incisive wit and clever insights about high school and its relation to the larger world make this a slick, stylish read with serious implications that will give readers plenty to contemplate."--Bulletin
"The nonstop action, romantic intrigue, and everyteen haplessness on Perry's part remains an incendiary combination."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Just as the Bourne franchise gets better with each movie, so does this action/spy-thriller series. . . . A thrilling sequel that won't disappoint fans."
—School Library Journal
"Perry's Killer Playlist is an action-packed novel that moves very quickly. It's full of interesting characters who lead secret lives."
—Kayla T., age 15, SLJ Teen
"Hilarious, smart, the ultimate good guy, Perry is a reluctant James Bond caught up in another one of Gobi's La Femme Nikita-esque outa-control rollercoaster rides in this sequel to Au Revior, Crazy European Chick."
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.
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.
With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and "unique learning profile," Danielle Levine doesn't fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a "social skills" class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle's resolve to keep everyone at arm's length starts to crumble.
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 Familyand herself. From the author of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door comes this hilarious and poignant story about finding your true calling in life.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Table of Contents
Killing Magellan 1
Land of the Giants 23
Seeking Hot Asian Babes 63
Babes, Continued 81
Asian Boy 93
Tiny Men on the Big Screen 111
Its Color Was Its Size 129
Getting Tall 143
Wen Wu 159
Yellow Tornado 177
“What Men Are Supposed To Do” 197
“One of Us, Not One of Us” 209
Big Little Fighter 223
Authors Note 245
Selected Sources 251