The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This book chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to... read full description below.
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In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heart-breaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experience and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live. The book is illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.
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||the first teenage novel by poet/author Sherman Alexie. Funny, heart-wrenching and utterly gripping, let's hope it's the first of many. -- Kate Agnew Guardian 20080604 breathtakingly honest, heartbreaking and very, very funny ... Beautifully written, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect Junior's art, it's easy to see why this won the National Book Award in America. -- Keith Gray Scotsman 20080628 one of the best books I've reviewed for a long time. I read it in one sitting. It is profound and an inspiration to read. It covers themes that few books handle with comparable wit and honesty ... it has volumes to say to teenagers everywhere on the planet. I'll be shoving my copy around all known readers. Books for Keeps 20080501 A unique and unsettling read which deserves to be one of the most talked about books of the year. -- Becky Stradwick Publishing News 20080408 Always honest, sometimes painfully so, this is also raunchy, extremely funny, witty and wise. (TOP TITLE, CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER) The Bookseller 20080321
Sherman Alexie is an award-winning author, poet and filmmaker, who was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. One of the most well-known and beloved literary writers of his generation, his works of adult fiction include Reservation Blues and short story collections Ten Little Indians and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He lives in Seattle.