The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

Paperback | April 1, 2009

bySherman Alexie

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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.

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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...

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 T...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316013692

ISBN - 13:9780316013697

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I had to read this book for one of my classes and I love it. This novel really gives you a great perspective on what life is like on Indigenous reserves.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A must read for anyone interested in contemporary aboriginal affairs. The is told from the perspective of a young boy living on a reserve so it's technically classified as Young Adult literature, however I think it can be appreciated by anyone regardless of their age. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABsolutely ORIGINAL Great read with impeccable, simple and innovative storytelling with an amazing perspective on youth and aboriginal communities. Not only for young adults, but for everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read/ Not only for YA I read this book in university and it was a great read, it discusses issues faced by aboriginal communities through the perspective of a teenager.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not only for YA Although some categorize this book as YA, it can be read by anyone as it discusses issues faced by aboriginal communities.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book to Teach I was given the privilege of teaching this book to a grade 10 English class. They enjoyed every aspect of the novel, and it kept their attention (a hard feat to do in the age of technology). They laughed, and some every cried. I would recommend to all the teachers out there to teach this novel!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad, funny, real must-read I'm kind of at a loss to review this book--there's nothing I can say about it that it won't illustrate a lot better if you pick it up and give it a try. (And other reviewers have already said it.) It's a quick read and definitely worth it, whether you're into young adult or at any age--Junior has insights into real life issues that are always relevant. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profound story telling This book is truly innovative - It is not presented as a traditional novel though it also does not constitute as a graphic novel. It is a new method of storytelling entirely. Sherman Alexie uses humour to effectively address tragedy and real life issues of Indigenous people. His satirical wit is laced throughout the dialogue of the book and his influences on the illustrations within it. The idea of Arnold being the one making the illustrations and writing the book in a first person narrative draws the reader in on a deeply personal level to the protagonist. We are compelled to cry with in both in pain and in excitement with him. It proves that a great literary work can be a young adult book. There is no age restriction on death, racism, and suffering in reality and this books shows not only that a child can experience this but also that they can make telling observations about it. The book is inspiring and hopeful despite all the pain within it. It will be a must read for generations to come.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read - regardless of age As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for engaging stories - this one fit the bill. I taught this book to reluctant readers - one student even admitted, unashamedly, that he had never read a book in his life and he would certainly not read this one either. After listening to the first 3 chapters on audio, that same student went home and read the entire novel in one night. He came in the next day and asked for more books like this. The story is universal - insecurity, disenchantment, loss and hope. Junior is a lovable goof who is wise beyond his years. The novel also makes a powerful statement about the reality of Native Peoples in North America.It is a testament to their suffering at the hands of a White society that is disinterested in their plight. This novel is an excellent choice as a core novel in high school and, in particular, in courses that explore the reality of Aboriginal life in North America.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I recently read this book for a school project and it was a very easy and quick read but personally I did not enjoy this book and would probably not recommend it.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read I read this a few years ago and it was really good and funny.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painfully Accurate, Beautifully Written Opening this review by saying I've lived in Spokane, WA all my life. As a testament to my city's culture I had no idea Wellpinit existed. The place were the Spokane Indian Tribe reservation, the tribe my city is named for, and I didn't know they existed until I turned 22. I knew there was a tribe but growing up you don't hear much. Alexie writes beautifully, authentically, and it's a great story. Eye opening for anyone who may not know what life on a reservation is like. A must-read book.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loool Laugh out loud. But its not just yucks its uncomfortable. In a good way. Just read it and u will see
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will make my kids read this...when they're old enough. So much of this book rang true for me. It offers an amazing view into a world rarely seen in mainstream media. My mom read it. I'm buying it for my siblings and their children.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This Is a solid read that can turn your emotions quickly. Interesting it made me think.
Date published: 2014-04-19
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

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