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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Sherman Alexie

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Title:The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007)

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This is my third time reading this one, and I swear it just gets better each time. Of course, a third reading also follows Gordy's reasoning on how to really know a book, so there's something.

I just love Arnold Spirit, Jr. He's such a funny, insightful character. You just truly hope for the best things in the world to happen to him, and are heartbroken along with him when things go wrong. And his illustrations throughout are a wonderful touch. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Feb 7, 2016 |
I love Sherman Alexie, and I think his cross-over into YA is a lucky thing for the youth of the world. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
I love Sherman Alexie, and I think his cross-over into YA is a lucky thing for the youth of the world. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
I love Sherman Alexie, and I think his cross-over into YA is a lucky thing for the youth of the world. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
This is Alexie's first YA novel, a semi-autobiographical story of Junior who grows up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, but who is encouraged to leave and go to an all-white high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. I am already a fan of Alexie's novels and his poetry, so it's not surprising that his foray into YA would be a good experience for me. The themes are very much in the vein of his other writings, but the narrator is much sweeter and more hopeful that "normal." Alexie has done very well for someone from the Rez, but he will never forget or be romantic about his past experiences and will forever tell the truth about the tragedy that is most American Indian life. What I really love about Alexie's writing is his humor, though - even in the darkest of times, his humor will shine through and it's a bonding tool; I'm as far from being American Indian as I possibly can, but I can identify with urge to laugh at human misery in general and my own misery in particular. This is a great novel, for young and old, and I would recommend it to absolutely everyone. ( )
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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
Dedication
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.
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"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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