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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Junior’s keen cartoons sprinkle the pages as his fluid narration deftly mingles raw feeling with funny, sardonic insight.

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The New York Times

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For 15 years now, Sherman Alexie has explored the struggle to survive between the grinding plates of the Indian and white worlds. He’s done it through various characters and genres, but “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” may be his best work yet.

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The Guardian

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I really enjoyed this book as it taught me to never give up hope. I would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of twelve as the language and storyline can be upsetting.

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The Guardian

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The writing occasionally relies too heavily on the cartoonesque quip, but mostly it is muscular and snappy with a knack for capturing the detail and overview with wrenching spareness.

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Publishers Weekly

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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.

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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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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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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

Within just the first few pages, I found myself completely immersed in Arnold's story, and it pretty much doesn't let up till the very last page.

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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

If your heart breaks as you read this book, chances are you're laughing, too. It really does read like an absolutely true diary: genuine, poignant, in-your-face, and oh-so-real. So, laugh, cry, and love this book as much as I did.

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Teen Ink

I would recommend this book to any young adult looking for a fun, quick read. The engrossing and comical mixture of Alexie's writing style paired with Ellen Forney's illustrations led The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to become a National Book Award winner.

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BookPage

With his perceptive narrator, Alexie deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in.

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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

All the awards for this book were given justifiably. This is a unique and creative contribution to young adult literature. Arnold’s voice seems authentic for his age, and his positive attitude toward the tragedies of his life has much to teach young teens. But even adults won’t be disappointed!

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Before It's News

I think it's a great young adult book that would appeal to most high school boys. It gets at the issues and concerns that boys that age are dealing with, but it also goes beyond that...

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The Book Smugglers

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian is unique, raw, funny as hell. A triumph in storytelling, filled with heartbreak but also so much warmth and I can’t recommend it enough.

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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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Leeswammes' Blog

The whole book is a search for finding a place where Junior can feel at home and use his talents. A wonderful, original, and fast read.

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Good Book Fairy

Incredible drawings compliment the story as representative of Junior’s art abilities. I recommend this book to everyone!

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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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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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A Patchwork of Books

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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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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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Early Nerd Special

Seriously, if you haven’t read this: what are you waiting for? Highly, highly recommended. Smart, funny, and important for all readers.

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Savvy Verse & Wit

I like the narration of the book, hence the title. That was different than the typical read. Gave it a different feel from a story being told. Even with the racial divide in the story that the boy dealt with, I think this story is very relatable to other young adults out there...

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This is a book I would have loved to have read in high school. It’s eye-opening and raw. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will expose you to a culture not often highlighted in literature, and to a young boy’s experience that is totally and endearingly relatable.

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Arts Sarasota

Arnold, called Junior by all, brings a spectacularly wry and entertaining point of view to his world, which is, in a word, desperate.

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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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Mother Daughter Book Club

Arnold’s story is for anyone who chooses to follow a different path than the one clearly laid out before him. Issues of race, friendship, love and community should provide great discussion for mother-daughter book club members.

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Escaping Through Books

... Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: September 12, 2007. Series/Standalone: Standalone Source: Purchased

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