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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


Book Overview: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

A New York Times bestseller--over one million copies sold!
A National Book Award winner
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner

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 black-and-white interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

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"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet."-- New York Times

"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes."-- (starred review), Publishers Weekly

"Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come."-- USA Today

"Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic-all at the same time."-- (starred review), VOYA

"The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally-and hilariously and triumphantly-bent in this novel."-- (starred review), Horn Book

"Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion....fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight."-- Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)

"Few writers are more masterful than Sherman Alexie."-- Los Angeles Times

"Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience."-- Booklist

"Fierce observations and sharp sense of humor...hilarious language."-- Newsday

"Breathtakingly honest, funny, profane, sad....will stay with readers."-- (starred review), KLIATT

"What emerges most strongly is Junior's uncompromising determination to press on while leaving nothing important behind."-- (starred review), BCCB

"[Alexie] has created an endearing teen protagonist in his own likeness and placed him in the here and now."-- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in."-- BookPage

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

Sherman Alexie is an acclaimed American author, poet, and filmmaker known for exploring themes related to his Native American heritage. Born in 1966 on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State, Alexie overcame numerous hardships, including living with hydrocephalus. This experience influenced his work, which often focuses on Native American characters grappling with poverty, racism, and health problems. Some of his most famous works include "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2007, and "Smoke Signals," a film he wrote and co-produced that won the Audience Award and Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His numerous honors include a PEN/Hemingway Award, a PEN/Malamud Award, and he was named one of The New Yorker's 20 top writers for the 21st century.

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