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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie's debut young adult novel which explores Indian identity

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review by . July 20, 2010
I love this book!  I think it is smart and funny, while also allowing for the exploration of weighty and tough racial identity issues.  Graphics interspersed throughout the novel are loved by young readers and add loads of humor.  Teens love it and adults enjoy it too!  For those interested, here's a quick summary.      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian relates the struggle of a ninth grade boy to navigate two cultures and identities.  …
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review by . June 18, 2010
This is actually not Alexie's first novel, but his first novel for young adults. It’s the semi-autobiographical story of a Spokane Indian boy named Arnold, and his decision to attend a high school off the Reservation. Alternating between tragedy and comedy, it details his experiences with tribal and family life and with school.                 Arnold’s narrative details the despair and beauty of living …
review by . June 24, 2009
Pros: Different; humorous; emotional; appealing to many ages and types; true-to-life     Cons: May not be totally appealing or appropriate for younger tweens or children     The Bottom Line: A funny, emotional story... the bottom lines absolutely, truly, loved this diary of a part-time Indian     My mother, a high school librarian and book-lover, is always recommending books to me.  She pushed me to find Absolutely True Diary …
review by . December 28, 2008
I wish it was possible to give a book six stars on Amazon. Or ten stars. Or a hundred stars. Not for just any book, mind you; only for those that pack such emotional wallop, humor, and writing into them that the usual scale just doesn't do them justice. The sort of book like the young adult novel The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie that just makes you immediately realize this book deserves way more than just five stars.    Arnold (also known as Junior), …
review by . December 04, 2008
Junior is just another unlucky kid living on an Indian reservation, but unfortunately, he's even unluckier than most. He was born with brain damage and a strangely disproportioned body, which causes him to be alternately beat up and ridiculed by all the other kids on the reservation except his only friend Rowdy. Junior might be smart and a good artist, but growing up in poverty and surrounded by alcoholics and broken dreams makes him believe that he's destine to the same life he's always had. But …
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Starred Review.Grade 7–10—Exploring Indian identity, both self and tribal, Alexie's first young adult novel is a semiautobiographical chronicle of Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian from Wellpinit, WA. The bright 14-year-old was born with water on the brain, is regularly the target of bullies, and loves to draw. He says, "I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats." He expects disaster when he transfers from the reservation school to the rich, white school in Reardan, but soon finds himself making friends with both geeky and popular students and starting on the basketball team. Meeting his old classmates on the court, Junior grapples with questions about what constitutes one's community, identity, and tribe. The daily struggles of reservation life and the tragic deaths of the protagonist's grandmother, dog, and older sister would be all but unbearable without the humor and resilience of spirit with which Junior faces the world. The many characters, on and off the rez, with whom he has dealings are portrayed with compassion and verve, particularly the adults in his extended family. Forney's simple pencil cartoons fit perfectly within the story and reflect the burgeoning artist within Junior. Reluctant readers can even skim the pictures and construct their own story based exclusively on Forney's illustrations. The teen's determination to both improve himself and ...
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ISBN-10: 0316013684
ISBN-13: 978-0316013680
Author: Sherman Alexie
Genre: Children's Chapter Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Date Published: September 12, 2007
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