Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0316219304
ISBN - 13: 9780316219303
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
Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., was born in October of 1966. His mother was Spokane Indian and his father was Coeur d'Alene Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was born hydrocephalic, which means with water on the brain, and received an operation at the age of 6 months. He was not expected to survive, but did, even though doctors predicted he would live with severe mental retardation. Surprisingly, though he suffered from severe side effects, he exhibited no symptoms of retardation and went on to learn to read by age three, and read Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath by age five. Alexie decided to attend high school off the reservation, in Reardan, Washington, where he knew he would get a better education. He was the only Indian at the school, and excelled academically as well as in sports, becoming a star player on the basketball team. After high school, Alexie attended Gonzaga University in Spokane on scholarship in 1985. After two years at there, he transferred to Washington State University. Alexie had dreams of being a doctor but discovered he needed a different career path after fainting three times in anatomy class. Taking a poetry workshop at WSU, Alexie found he excelled at writing and, encouraged by poetry teacher Alex Kuo, realized he'd found his new career. After graduating in American Studies from WSU, Alexie received the Washington State Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship in 1991 and the National Endowment for the Arts Poetr