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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 13,817 Ratings and 4,005 Reviews

Book Description
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 contempor... More
Book Information
PublisherPerfection Learning
BindingHardcover (47 editions)
Reading LevelAges 9-12
# of Pages230
ISBN-101606860720
ISBN-13978-1606860724
Publication Date03/01/2009
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About Sherman Alexie (Author) : Sherman Alexie is a published author of young adult books. Published credits of Sherman Alexie include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
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About Ellen Forney (Illustrator) : Ellen Forney is a published author and an illustrator of young adult books. Published credits of Ellen Forney include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Real Girl/Real World: Tools for F... more
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Reader Comments
2/2/2012 April Stasko said:
An absolute favorite. Definitely one reluctant readers (predominantly male) would enjoy. The depth of the issues are initially overlooked by the ease of reading and entertaining drawings. The story of a boy caught between two worlds, neither of which he fits, is an idea many can relate to. Readi... more

tags: I recommend, Inspired me, I read

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4/5/2011 Laura Clement said: I read this book on the plane to NY, twice. I was enchanted by the voice of the main character and the easy of the story, truly told by a master storyteller. A book every child/teen should read as they move through difficult times.
tags: I read

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3/18/2010 Will Strong said: Hilarious and heartbreaking. The most honest book I've ever read about high school.

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2/27/2010 Peni Griffin said:
Somebody told me this book was bitter. I don't see it. The X-Indian Chronicles, now that was a bitter book! But this didn't make me cry, either. Why not? And isn't giving the NBA to it sort of like being Billionare Ted trying to give back the powwow dress? We crush a minority, give awards to b... more

tags: I read

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10/7/2009 Sharon Koontz said: 2562589
tags: ya_fiction

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9/17/2009 Julie Rion said:
Sherman Alexie has been one of my favorite authors of "grown up" books for years (Reservation Blues, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven). This is a heart-wrenching & rip-roaring funny account of a young Native American trying to deal with the poverty & alcoholism on his "rez" while strugg... more

tags: I recommend

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6/11/2009 TS Rogers said: I wish this book were around for my pre-teen years. A wonderful story about alienation.
tags: I recommend, I read

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6/5/2009 Tracy O'Daniel

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5/17/2009 Analine Johnson tagged as: I recommend, I read

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12/23/2008 Ali B said: 2562589
tags: humor

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12/19/2008 Christy Evers said: I fell in love with the main character in the first chapter. This is a great example of strong voice and honest 1st person viewpoint.
tags: I recommend, I read

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12/2/2008 Sara Joiner said: One of the best books I have ever read. This was just profound in its straightforward, honest portrayal of one teenagers life. That it is inspired by Sherman Alexies own teenage life makes it even more amazing - the healing power of humor.
tags: I recommend

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11/26/2008 Lynndy Bennett tagged as: I read

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10/25/2008 Angela Mann said: 2562589
tags: young adult, native american

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7/9/2008 Edith Cohn tagged as: I recommend, Inspired me

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6/27/2008 Holly Cupala tagged as: I recommend

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6/8/2008 Donalyn Miller said: When you read a book that you know is important, a book which stands apart, you just know it. This book is such a book. I stayed up until 3 am to finish it.
tags: I read

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5/18/2008 kevan atteberry said:
Sherman Alexie is hilarious. And true. This book about a young reservation indian teen near Spokane who transfers to an off-reservation school and plays basketball with passion eventualy returns with his school to play the team from the reservation school he left. It is instantly endearing and has... more

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5/2/2008 Tracy Wymer tagged as: I recommend, I read

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4/12/2008 Jack O'Rourke said:
Only Sherman Alexie could have written "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" and have carried along the reader so effortlessly, and intriguingly. It's not that a good writer couldn't imagine the hard situation and trapped circumstances described for life on the 'Rez,' but a non-Indian wo... more

tags: Native American, rites-of-passage, YA novel,

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4/10/2008 Naomi Hawkins Rowe said: I heard Alexie speak when I was in grad school. At that point I thought I was smitten with his ability to make words mean something. This book really took it up a notch.
tags: Read it - it will make you want to be a better writer

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4/3/2008 Susan Bradley said: I loved this book. It's funny, has a great message and fun illustrations.

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2/21/2008 Carmela Martino said: This book struck me as sad and funny and very real. I can't believe the Printz award committee snubbed it.
tags: I read

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2/12/2008 Diane Smith said: One of my favorite books!
tags: Inspired me, I recommend, I read

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2/4/2008 Maha Addasi tagged as: I recommend, Inspired me, I read

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1/1/2008 jama rattigan tagged as: I recommend, I read

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12/17/2007 Michelle Ohnstad

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11/26/2007 Christine Petersen tagged as: I recommend

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