2007 National Book Award Winner
The New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 2007 (children's books)
NYPL Books for the Teen Age 2008
2007 PW "Off the Cuff" Awards: Favorite YA Novel
2007 Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of the Year
2007 Kirkus Reviews Best YA Books
2007 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2007 Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner
This poignant and humorous story prompted me to finish this book in one sitting! If you've never read Sherman Alexie, this is a great place to start. Recommended By Junix S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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 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.
"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion....fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight." Kirkus (starred review)
"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet." New York Times
About the Author
An award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists and has been lauded by The Boston Globe as "an important voice in American literature." Sherman Alexie is one of the most well known and beloved literary writers of his generation. His five works of fiction have received numerous awards and citations, including the PEN/Malamud Award for Fiction and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, and have been translated into eleven languages.