The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Collector's Edition (Hardcover)

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Hands-down, one of the best books I’ve read.
This largely auto-biographical tale set on the Spokane Indian Reservation
combines humor and tragedy into a highly impactful story. Told through
first-person narrative and cartoons, Junior describes his days on the rez but
also how life changes when he decides to attend the local white high school. In
one community he becomes an outcast while in the other a curiosity.  Junior struggles to figure out where he
belongs in this collision of worlds.

— Kelsey Yocum

Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
by Sherman

a brilliant story about a young boy who refuses to live down to the
expectations of the people surrounding him.  Junior makes the difficult
choice to go to school off the reservation, to put himself in an unfamiliar and
difficult situation in order to achieve more than is expected of him.  Set
on the Spokane Reservation, the book has a northwest feel.  A work of
fiction based somewhat on Sherman Alexie’s life, the story is told in language
teenagers will understand and affirms that with struggle it is possible to
reach your potential. What parent wouldn’t be uplifted by this message? 
It has won both the National Book Award and the PNBA award.  Yet it is a
frequently banned book.

— Deon Stonehouse

Arnold Spirit aka Junior is prompted by a teacher to better
himself, so he transfers to the rich white school off the reservation. He finds
himself an outcast both on the reservation and at his new school. Born with
water on the brain he suffers from many lingering physical and medical
complications, yet he manages to develop into a sure shot on the basketball
court. This talent helps him to find his place in his new school and deal with
his fractured family and the continual negative influence of alcoholism on
those he loves. A beautifully told coming of age story that holds a message for
young and old alike.

— Carol Foisset


The book that launched Sherman Alexie onto the YA market is now available in a deluxe collector's edition! Beautifully designed with a gifty new look that includes a foil-stamped, die-cut slipcase and 4-color interior art, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

In his nationally acclaimed, semi-autobiographical YA debut, author Sherman Alexie tells the heartbreaking, hilarious, and beautifully written story of a young Native American teen as he attempts to break free from the life he was destined to live.

About the Author

A National Book Award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman has been named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists and has been lauded by The Boston Globe as "an important voice in American literature." He is one of the most well known and beloved literary writers of his generation, with works such as The Long Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Resevoir Blues and has received numerous awards and citations, including the PEN/Malamud Award for Fiction and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award.

Praise For…

"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes."—(starred review), Publishers Weekly

"Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come."
USA Today

"Few writers are more masterful than Sherman Alexie."
Los Angeles Times

"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet."
New York Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316068208
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 9th, 2009
Pages: 272