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|Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the only person of your background in your area? The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian gives you a look at that life through the eyes of a teenager named Junior. Bestselling author Sherman Alexie brings this poignant story to life in a young adult novel that was an instant bestseller. Among his many books, this is Alexie’s first young adult fiction novel. A boy named Arnold “Junior” Spirit has spent his younger years on the Spokane Indian reservation. He is clever, intelligent, and talented, but his family is very poor, and they have few options. Determined to forge his own destiny, Junior leaves his troubled school with outdated books on the rez and takes advantage of an opportunity to transfer to an academically superior high school. Unfortunately, there isn’t much diversity at his new school, and Junior finds himself the only Native American there. Sherman Alexie’s novel follows Junior as he adjusts to his new school and shares his perspective in a witty and honest way. The funny, moving story allows us to see what it’s like to be the only one of a race in an area. Junior’s talents in both art and basketball help him make friends, but when he faces his former classmates in a basketball game, he wonders if he’s a traitor. What does it mean to belong, and where is his true community? It’s especially poignant as it focuses on the difficult years of high school, the changes in Junior’s life on the reservation, and the power of friendship to get us through anything. The prose is enhanced by black and white illustrations by Ellen Forney, which is positioned as art from the character. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for its honest and funny look at racism, conflict, and growing up different. Through the characters, the book explores the experiences of a young man who is frequently bullied and expresses himself through art. You’ll remember difficult times in your life, and you’ll be encouraged as Junior refuses to give up, finds his own future, and lives life on his own terms. You might think a book about alcoholism, racism, and loss would leave you feeling down, but that’s far from the case. You’ll laugh far more than you ever expected. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian isn’t written in an angry way but rather examines injustice, stereotypes, and conflict from a heartfelt, humorous perspective. Sherman Alexie based this book on his own experiences growing up, which gives the book a contemporary sense as it explores difficult issues. You don’t have to be a young adult to love this book. While it isn’t appropriate for those under 13, it appeals to everyone from that age and older. Teens and young adults will find echoes of their own struggles in school and society. Adults will appreciate the incisive look into the Native American community as well as the reminder of the importance of resilience and friendship.|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||64161456|
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|Grade to||College Graduate Beginner|
|Grade from||Seventh Grade|
|Illustrated by||Ellen Forney|
|Number of Pages||288 Pages|
|Reviews||"A Native American Equivalent of Angela's Ashes ."-- (Starred Review) , Publishers Weekly, "Fierce Observations and Sharp Sense of Humor...Hilarious Language.", "Exceptionally Good....Arnold ISA Wonderful Character.", "This ISA GEM of a Book....May Be [Sherman Alexie's] Best Work Yet.", "Realistic and Fantastical and Funny and Tragic-All AT the Same Time.", "A Native American Equivalent Ofangela's Ashes.", "Sure to Resonate and Lift Spirits of All Ages for Years to Come.", "The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally-and hilariously and triumphantly-bent in this novel.", "Alexie's Humor and Prose Are Easygoing and Well Suited to HIS Young Audience.", "Breathtakingly Honest, Funny, Profane, Sad....Will Stay with Readers.", "Few Writers Are more Masterful than Sherman Alexie.", "Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion....fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight.", "[Alexie] has created an endearing teen protagonist in his own likeness and placed him in the here and now.", "What emerges most strongly is Junior's uncompromising determination to press on while leaving nothing important behind.", "Deftly Taps Into the Human Desire to Stand Out While Fitting In."|
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Read it..you'll like it! Amazingly written for all ages
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian" is one of those books that could be assigned to you in school (to read for History, English or Anthropology class) but is also the kind of book that you might just see in a library or bookstore that catches your attention. No matter how you find the book, try it! Read it...you'll like it! This is a book that is classified "for young/youth readers or teens" but don't let that stop you if you're already past high-school age (I am and I loved it). In a straightforward, easy-to-read way, it describes the life of "Junior", a 14 year old native American boy living on a Spokane Indian reservation. Junior is encouraged by his teacher to leave the reservation and attend an all-white school, in order to get a better education. He is branded as a 'traitor' by his people, and not quite accepted in his new school. Life is tough, but he tries his best and finds the strength inside himself to carry on and succeed. Because Junior wishes to be a cartoonist, the book does have some funny illustrations in it and they did not interrupt the flow of the reading. Actually, they were very good and added to the text. I have to admit...there was a part of the story right near the beginning, about Junior's sick dog, and them having to put it out of its misery. I almost stopped reading right there. Not that it was graphic or disturbing or anything, but I HATE books that make an animal die just to create an emotional response in the reader. But it was very short part, and it was important to add, so I will forgive the book for including this sad part. The book does an excellent job of combining a serious and sometimes sad subject matter with humor and light-heartedness. So it's not a book full of 'literary fluff' but it won't make you depressed to read it. It's not a 'downer'. It would be a good book for anyone to read, ages 12 and up.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie transcends the barrier of time by addressing a problem that is still relevant today by using the narration of a boy who is so heartbreakingly honest and humorous that it almost hurts to laugh. Arthur is the equivalent, or greater than, of the like of J.D. Salinger's Holden. This novel belongs on every adolescent's no everybody's bookshelf and reading list because it has a message on race and on privilege that this nation still needs to hear and address.
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Quotations from the book
Here are a few quotations from "The Absolutely True Diary": “asshole” p. 116, “faggot” p. 198, “chronic masturbators” p. 217, “I had a big erection when I learned of my sister’s death” p. 202, “You better keep you hands out of my daughter’s panties” p. 109, “you just keep your trouser snake in your trousers” p. 109, “…have you done her yet?” p.125, “Did you just say books should give me a boner:” p. 96, ”a bulimic girl with vomit on her breath can suddenly be so sexy” p. 119. Although ATD deals with worthy themes of American Indian reservation culture, poverty, and disadvantaged people, the profanity and crude sexual references disqualify the book for school use and curricula. Good parents and English teachers do not allow use of these words and phrases in their homes and classrooms. Assigning a book like this is teaching a double standard and degrading our society. Would you eat a brownie that had just a little dog poo mixed in?
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