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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Sherman Alexie

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Title:The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Authors:Sherman Alexie
Info:Little, Brown Young Readers (2007), Hardcover, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Culture, Native American, Spokane Indian, Fiction, Semi-Autobiography, Young Adult, Coming of Age, Racism, Alcoholism, Death, Perseverance, Humor, National Book Award, Poverty, Basketball, Cartoons, Family

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007)

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This book is one that you just can't get out of your head. As I was reading it, the parallels between this book and The Crossover were surprising. I kept getting the basketball games and scenes confused. Just as Josh wants to be better than his twin Jordan, Arnold (Jr.) wants to beat his old best friend, Rowdy. Both protagonists struggle with their own talents in basketball as well as dealing with girls. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, however, is a deeper struggle within race and family than The Crossover, so I'd only recommend this book for your more advanced, mature readers in a 6th grade classroom. ( )
  Melina_Hiatt_Easter | Jul 2, 2015 |
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  Jquimbey | Jul 2, 2015 |
A well written quick novel that takes a unique look at adolesence, poverty, and race. I enjoyed it for its ability to make serious topics and points in a "light" read. ( )
  sbenne3 | Jun 25, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this - as an adult. I can see why it was the most banned book in 2014. Since I don't believe in that kind of thing, I'd say it's a good book for parents to read with their kids - probably at least 12 and up. A hormonal 14 year old boy is telling the story, so yes, there are sexual references. But that's not a good reason to avoid this book. It's a good book and an easy read. It also talks a good deal about the death and sadness surrounding alcoholism.

It's really just about a kid who is trying to figure out where he fits in - he wants to have prospects beyond the reservation, but doesn't want to desert his friends and family. When he decides to go to another town to their school - predominantly white - his paradigm shifts, even though his social status doesn't - at least at first. It's a pretty rough freshman year, but he survives, even as other characters don't.

I laughed and cried at various places. Everybody should read this book, at an appropriate age. I'd say it is a great choice for book clubs - ignore the YA label - there is so much to talk about. And, I think it's a great book for high school curriculum, censors be damned! ( )
  horomnizon | Jun 10, 2015 |
A fun fast read about a teenage Native American living on a reservation trying to find a better life for himself. It did raise interesting ideas about straddling two cultures and leaving your culture. But it is definitely a young adult book so some of the issues were dealt with a bit superficially. ( )
  KamGeb | Jun 3, 2015 |
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Working in the voice of a 14-year-old forces Alexie to strip everything down to action and emotion, so that reading becomes more like listening to your smart, funny best friend recount his day while waiting after school for a ride home.

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There is another world, but it is in this one. --W.B. Yeats
For Wellpinit and Reardon, my hometowns
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I was born with water on the brain. Okay, so that's not exactly true. I was actually born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull. But cerebral spinal fluid is just the doctors' fancy way of saying brain grease.
"No, I'm serious. I always knew you were going to leave. I always knew you were going to leave us behind and travel the world. I had this dream about you a few months ago. You were standing on the Great Wall of China. You looked happy. And I was happy for you."
During one week when I was little, Dad got stopped three times for DWI: Driving While Indian.
“Son,” Mr. P. said. “You’re going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation.”
I'd always been the lowest Indian on the reservation totem pole-- I wasn't expected to be good so I wasn't. But in Reardan, my coach and the other players wanted me to be good. They needed me to be good. They expected me to be good. And so I became good.
"I used to think the world was broken down by tribes," I said. "By black and white. By Indian and white. But I know that isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes. The people who are assholes and the people who are not."
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Jr is struggling with being a poor Indian. He is given the opportunity to leave the reservation and start a new life outside of the Native American culture. And thus the story goes from chapter to chapter. This books crosses cultures of the Native American and Reardan, a white/christian culture in a rural setting. This story can be used on many fronts in a classroom. Racism, culture boundaries, friendship(Rowdy, Penelope), and having the ability to change your life. A great story with a lot of possibilities in a classroom.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316013692, Paperback)

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 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 thought he was destined to live.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexie's YA debut, released in hardcover to instant success, recieving seven starred reviews, hitting numerous bestseller lists, and winning the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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