The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie, Sherman Alexie

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | April 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian is rated 4.4167 out of 5 by 12.
Bestselling author 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 by Ellen Forney 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 was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316013692

ISBN - 13: 9780316013697

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Conflict? Junior has a tough life living on the reserve, so he tries to get out. Sounds pretty simple, and it is, and that's the problem. Although there are many hurdles for Junior to jump, he does it all with relative ease making you wish that he might struggle. It's hard to believe in a story, or keep interested when everything seems wrong for only a split second, before the protagonist dominates the problem once again.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this Arnold (a.k.a. Junior) is a 14-year old poor native boy, living on a reserve in Washington State. He has decided that he wants to get off the reserve and the best way to do that is to go to school at the nearest white school. On the reserve, he is shunned for this decision, while at the same time he is trying to fit into his new school, as the only Indian boy. I really enjoyed this. It does give a small window into native culture on reserves. I loved the cartoon illustrations, as well
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was interesting I felt like I was a bit too old for this book and the target reader was for teenagers in high school. It's about a boy who's native american, in high school on the reservation but transfers to a white school because of an insistent with a teacher but in reality he wants to leave the reservation, he wants more in life than to stay and become a drunk. This book was very interesting and shows native culture with some humor and the pictures were also very entertaining.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Here's to Junior! Part-time Indian Arnold "Junior" Spirit was speaking directly to me, and me only, when I was reading his diary. He was engaging, scintillating, and freely shared his ups and downs in the search of his own identity as a goofy Indian boy studying in an all-white school. This was made possible because of how Sherman Alexie was drawing from his own personal experiences growing up, which brought out the candidness in the thoughts and emotions. Furthermore, it deals with a range of hard-hitting topics - race, prejudices, poverty, alcoholism, bullying, death; and endearing ones - family, friends, culture, love, adolescence. With illustrations by Ellen Forney, who has created different styles of artwork to represent Junior's state of mind through his diary, they are presented in a manner that speaks to a younger audience yet still is accessible to mature readers. Perhaps even more so, as everything is laid out bare through the eyes of a boy trying to create his own path, free from what many perceive his road in life would be. Smart, slapstick, and significant, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is a classic that speaks to a human desire to be accepted while be one's own person. I absolutely enjoyed it.
Date published: 2013-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick, funny, and clever. This is that kind of book that you let everyone borrow because it's such a great read.
Date published: 2012-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book This book was recommended to me after I expressed an interest in young adult novels. I was a bit skeptical, but actually ended up not being able to put it down. I loved it! Great character development and well written.
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Great book. Funny and poignant, not mooshy, well written, great characters. Good for either sex, or for a teen who needs a change from Gossip Girls.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will read it again, and again, and buy it for my friends and their kids I made the grave mistake of reading this book over dinner at a restaurant, on a business trip. Other customers must have thought I was quite mad. I laughed out loud, wept, and laughed some more. Sherman Alexie captures the realities of poverty, teenage angst, and 'being indian' with brilliance and humour. If I could write as well as Mr. Alexie, I could express to you how excellent this book is. Read it! =)
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliat This ingenious story of an indian teen who is pretending to be white so he can attend a prestegious high schoolis complete with hilarious sketches. With it's raw humour and perspective of a teen boy, this book is sure perfect for teens.
Date published: 2008-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a fabulous powerful book. Junior lives on the rez. His dad's a drunk, he's best friend is a menace, and Junior gets beaten up all the time by bullies. But when he goes to school, which he is excited about, and sees that he is using the exact same geometry book that his mom used 20 years ago he flips out a bit. He realizes he has got to escape the prison that is the rez. So he decides to go to the white school in town 30 miles away. He is a part-time indian on the rez (or white lover depending who he is talking to) and part time student at school. It is such a dramatic story but all the situations ring so true. While set in U.S., it feels like it could be Canadian. Every grade 9 student in the country should read this book. Powerful. Thank you Alexie Sherman!!
Date published: 2008-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely gorgeous! The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is absolutely gorgeous! A stunning tale that embodies love, pathos, revenge, family, and culture, it follows the amazing escapades of Arnold Spirit Junior, an Indian from a small town reservation who spontaneously decides to transfer to an all-white school. He soon learns that at home on the reservation, he must act “Indian,” but at school, he needs to act “white.” Hence begins his incredible journey as a “part-time Indian.” An insightful story that entails all kinds of emotions, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian follows the struggles of an Indian boy who finds his split life between being white and Indian steadily turning him into a shunned outcast on both sides. Written with compassion and heart, I would recommend this masterpiece of a tale to teens of all ages. A spectacular story that stands above all as original and penetrating, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian deserves 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2007-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely gorgeous! The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is absolutely gorgeous! A stunning tale that embodies love, pathos, revenge, family, and culture, it follows the amazing escapades of Arnold Spirit Junior, an Indian from a small town reservation who spontaneously decides to transfer to an all-white school. He soon learns that at home on the reservation, he must act “Indian,” but at school, he needs to act “white.” Hence begins his incredible journey as a “part-time Indian.” An insightful story that entails all kinds of emotions, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian follows the struggles of an Indian boy who finds his split life between being white and Indian steadily turning him into a shunned outcast on both sides. Written with compassion and heart, I would recommend this masterpiece of a tale to teens of all ages. A spectacular story that stands above all as original and penetrating, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian deserves 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2007-08-03

– More About This Product –

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie, Sherman Alexie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316013692

ISBN - 13: 9780316013697

About the Book

Alexie's National Book Award winner 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. Includes poignant drawings that reflect the character's art.

From the Publisher

Bestselling author 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 by Ellen Forney 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 was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

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 Reservation Blues and has received numerous awards and citations, including the PEN/Malamud Award for Fiction and the Lila Wallace-Reader''s Digest Award.

Editorial Reviews

"Exceptionally good....Arnold is a wonderful character."-Miami Herald

Appropriate for ages: 12

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