The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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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.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
 

About Sherman Alexie

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Alexie is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has won the Pen/Faulkner Award, Stranger Genius Award in Literature, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, and the Malamud Award. Alexie lives in Seattle.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 259 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction

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Alexie nimbly blends sharp wit with unapologetic emotion in his first foray into young-adult literature.

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The New York Times

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Life is hard for the geekiest Indian on the Spokane Reservation.

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The Guardian

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"And a Partridge in a Pear Tree" covers barely two pages and yet it evokes so much as it describes Junior's dad's return from a drunken binge over the holiday period, then the offer to his son of a five-dollar bill scrunched in his boot: "Man that thing smelled like booze and fear and failure."

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Publishers Weekly

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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 obs

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BC Books

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The wonderful cartoons and drawings by Ellen Forney appear to be pasted onto the pages of his diary, giving it depth and life. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a must have book, and I can't speak highly enough of it.

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The reservation is so poor, in fact, that on his first day of school in his new geometry class Arnold discovers he’s been given the same geometry book his mother had when she attended that school some 30 years before: "It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor.

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Entertainment Weekly

Junior's struggle with dueling identities, plus some scatological humor, lends new life to the minority-experience in Sherman Alexie's narrative, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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The Bookbag

Everything, from the various characters, to the settings of Wellpinit and Reardan, to the life-changing events that Arnold finds himself having to deal with, is brought to life incredibly vividly, aided by the style of the narrative and complemented by Arnold's brilliant, and often hilarious, car...

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USA Today

Adolescence is difficult for everyone, but it's especially tough for Arnold "Junior" Spirit, a boy who lives with his poor relatives and was born with serious medical problems.

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Teen Ink

It's not my type of book, I thought when I saw the cover. But rather than ... The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

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Teen Ink

This novel by Sherman Alexie is based on his experiences as a young adult and ... The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to become a National Book ...

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BookPage

He becomes a star on his new school's varsity basketball team, many of his fellow classmates come to respect him, the hottest girl in school befriends him and even nerdy Gordy can admit that Junior is smarter than 99 percent of the high school.

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Common Sense Media

Though there are some sexual references, alcohol abuse, ect, Alexie gives ... Best book ever for kids over 12 or 13 ... teaches kids alot about indian reservations.

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Common Sense Media

My teacher even suggested I choose a different book because of it. But I think this is just Sherman Alexie's way of accurately portraying teenagers these days.

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Common Sense Media

Yet teen readers will get a lot from Junior's story: his sincere and sardonic voice is expressed not only in his writing but in his comics about his life, family, and friends.

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Common Sense Media

I choose to read this book for our "banned book" project.

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Rhapsody in Books

... The Sunday Salon.com. On the front page of my edition of this book for Young Adults, twenty-two awards are listed, including National Book ...

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Before It's News

Then Junior makes the difficult decision to leave the rez and go to school at an all-white high school in order to get a better education.

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The Book Smugglers

... Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into ...

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Literary Exploration

... Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian ... I'm really not sure why Sherman Alexie wrote Junior with hydrocephalus, ...

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... The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie My two sons read this book and enjoyed it a lot. I had seen this book on ...

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Good Book Fairy

This book not only takes us into Junior’s life as he’s caught between two lives, one on the reservation and one in his all white high school, but we learn quite a bit about life on an Indian reservation.

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Dominion of New York

While Alexie’s novel is a regular on the bestsellers list and has been awarded major accolades, including the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, sales of the book spike when the title is being challenged (you may remember this happened last year when one parent called the book “ra...

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Dominion of New York

Book can remain supplemental not discussion book.

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Jason Patz

I want to meet Arnold Spirit Jr!, review by cassidilla. Once upon a time, just last night in fact, I read the funniest book of my life. Sherman Alexie writes just like ha.

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Jason Patz

... FUNNY, review by jreeks15. Why write a book about drunk people along with the sexual feelings of a young boy. Why not! Sherman Alexie's ...

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A Patchwork of Books

The ALA is holding their annual conference June 26 - July 2 in Anaheim, CA and on June 30th the American Indian Library Association presents their 2008 awards for Best Native American Picture Book, Best Middle School Book, and Best Young Adult Book to this year’s recipients.

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A Patchwork of Books

Both books will be available on November 20, 2007, but a handful of each book will be available at the Austin Maker Faire, October 20-21, 2007.

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Early Nerd Special

... When Junior decides to leave his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation and attend a nearby all-white school, he's met with resistance on ...

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I’ve read other online reviews of this book, and will try to read this in the future.

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Arts Sarasota

Alexie, who like his protagonist, 14-year-old Arnold Spirit Jr., was born and grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation in Wellpinit, Wash., also was born with hydrocephalus, stuttered and lisped, and elected to head off the reservation to attend a wealthy white high school.

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It’s a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something similar to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Review Summary. Sherman Alexie Booklist Sherman Alexie Message Board ... to most people simply as Junior, is a fourteen year old kid growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

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