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.
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.
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.
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.