In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the ...
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experience and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live. It is illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.
Alexie, Sherman w/foreword by Marcus Zusak., Little Brown & Co., nd, c2009, Deluxe Collector's (1st) Edition 1st Printing, illus. boards, fine w/fine slipcase (no dj), 230 pp + Discussion Guide, B & W/color illus. by Ellen Forney, 8vo. Forney, Ellen.
Pretty dirty book and somewhat depressing. The title which I received was the Toughest Indian in the World. Are we talking about the same book?
Oct 28, 2011
Good read all the way through
Review of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"
This book is great for all kinds of reasons. Reading this book made me interested in other books by the author Sherman Alexie. The thing I liked most about the book is the whole time I was reading it I was very eager to find out what happens to all the chracters, I think the author did very well in making the characters believable and likeable, I think character developement is the most important thing in any book, movie, etc. I was very suprised when I found out that not only is this Sherman Alexie's first young adult book but it also a biography of real events in his adolecent life. This only made me apperciate the book even more. While doing research I also found out that Sherman Alexie has work as being a poet, filmmaker and a comedian which deffiently shows in his writing because there are a lot of parts in this book that made me laugh or smile. Being a teenager my self I feel like the author knew exactly how to interest my age group and I would reccomend this book to anyone in my age group.
May 7, 2010
It had a great message but certainly geared toward a younger generation.
Jan 31, 2009
Great book for adults and young readers
I bought copies of this for all my nieces and nephews for xmas this year, on our native and non-native sides of the family. They all loved it. I bought it for a few adults too--they were already fans of Alexie from LONE RANGER AND TONTO FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN and RESERVATION BLUES (both brilliant, groundbreaking books), so of course they loved it too.
Nov 13, 2008
Carry On Literature
Alexie offers a silly and teary boyhood tale at a ninth grade reading level with a few jokes that hit below the belt. This book can satisfy your need for a quick dose of standup y/a literature with cute drawings, perfect for that two hour flight to Denver.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-20 Screenwriter, novelist and poet, Alexie bounds into YA with what might be a Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes, a coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends it universality, and so emotionally honest that the humor almost always proves painful. Presented as the diary of hydrocephalic 14-year-old cartoonist and Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit Jr., the novel revolves around Junior's desperate hope of escaping the reservation. As he says of his drawings, "I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats." He transfers to a public school 22 miles away in a rich farm town where the only other Indian is the team mascot. Although his parents support his decision, everyone else on the rez sees him as a traitor, an apple ("red on the outside and white on the inside"), while at school most teachers and students project stereotypes onto him: "I was half Indian in one place and half white in the other." Readers begin to understand Junior's determination as, over the course of the school year, alcoholism and self-destructive behaviors lead to the deaths of close relatives. Unlike protagonists in many YA novels who reclaim or retain ethnic ties in order to find their true selves, Junior must separate from his tribe in order to preserve his identity. Jazzy syntax and Forney's witty cartoons examining Indian versus White attire and behavior transmute despair into dark humor; Alexie's no-holds-barred jokes have the effect of throwing the seriousness of his themes into high relief. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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