The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Alexie, Sherman. Ellen Forney (illustrator) 2007. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. New York: Little Brown & Company. ISBN: 0-316-01368-4. $16.99. Hardcover.

*2008 Washington Book Award – the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award for middle grades and young adults

*2008 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature in Fiction

*2008 Pacific Northwest Book Award

*2008 American Indian Library Association American Indian Youth Literature Award

*2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

*School Library Journal Best Books of 2007

Junior, an Indian on the Spokane, Washington reservation must decide if he will stay content or take a risk and expand his horizons.

Since the day he was born, Junior has faced a lot of challenges. These challenges include the following.

1. “Born with water on the brain”

2. The variety of health challenges this poses.

3. Being somewhat wimpy and part of the “black-eye-of-the-month club”

4. Limited resources at school.

5. Being an Indian living on the Spokane reservation.

When inspired by his teacher, Mr. P to make something of himself, Junior decides to transfer to the neighboring farm town’s school. This choice brings about its own set of challenges.

1. Being seen as a traitor by his former classmates.

2. Being the only Indian besides the school mascot.

3. Sometimes having to walk the 22 miles to or from school.

4. Having his best friend get mad at him.

5. All the various tragedies that befall his family.

6. The basketball game with his old school.

With a good sense of humor and through his comics, Junior learns a lot about himself, his friends, his family and the choices he needs to make. To learn more about Junior pick up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.