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The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Book

2009
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Item Details

Subjects:

Genre: Young adult fiction.

Other Authors: Forney, Ellen.

ISBN:

  • 9780545274531 (tp.)
  • 9780545274531
  • 9780316504041
  • 9780316013697
  • 9780316013680 (hc.)
  • 0316504041
  • 0316013692
  • 0316013684 (hc.)

Edition: First paperback edition.

Description: 229 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

Notes: A discussion guide and a preview from Radioactive love song follows text.

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Reader Reviews

Approval Rating: 82.35% (28/34)
Average Rating: 4.28

★★★★★ Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian

By Sylvie on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:16:15

As you know, adults often say that kids have an awkward time growing up and finding themselves in the world. Well, if you haven't read The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian, you have never met anyone as awkward as 9th grader Arnold Spirit Jr. Born with 10 extra teeth and severe brain damage at birth, he one of the weirdest kids alive. To make things worse, exceptionally bright Junior has never had any opportunities to leave his financially poor Indian reservation. At his reservation, he only has one friend and is bullied by everyone else. But one day, after letting his stored anger out, a helpful adult advises him to seek refuge in a rich white student school. Junior convinces his slowly falling apart family to let him go to school and experiences a totally different atmosphere. During the book, Junior undergoes many event such as being the biggest star on the basketball team, having a girlfriend, and watching his family change. The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian, shows the reader the importance of growing up and adapting to the world. The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian, is a great book I will remember forever. Not only does the book have an important message, it is the most hilarious book I have ever read! Every chapter includes funny cartoons as well as the ridiculous thoughts of Junior. But, not every part of the book was funny. Sherman Alexie, the author, also entwined heartbreaking and serious stories of Junior's family. I would advise this book to more mature readers though, due to some controversial subjects and bad words. Overall, this book was one of the best I have ever read!

★★★☆☆ The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By SJnppl on Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:28:46

This was an ok read. I was waiting for it to pick up and then at the end it just listed a bunch of things that happened to Junior, the main character and then it was over, after everything in Juniors life changed. Some good and some bad. Junior lived on an Indian Reservation in Spokane, Washington. He had a poor outlook about life on the "rez". Everyone (All Indians) are drunks, and live within a mile from where they were born. They did nothing with their lives. So one of Juniors teachers, suggests to him that he leave the "rez" to do something better with his life. Junior decides to transfer schools and his whole world turned around. He was suddenly popular and a basketball star, (Starting Varsity as a Freshman). But at the same time, everyone on the "rez" thought of him as a traitor and treated him worse than before.

☆☆☆☆☆ Staff Review

By Patron31547 on Mon, 07 May 2012 09:35:46

This is the story of a young man named Arnold Spirit, a young Spokane Indian from Wellpinit, Washington. Born with several birth defects, he is the regular target of bullies at school. He courts disaster when he decides to transfer from the reservation school to the wealthy, white school in Reardon. To his surprise, he finds himself making friends with the other students and even making the school basketball team! Meeting his old classmates from the reservation school on the basketball court pose a challenge as he struggles to come to terms with his identity as an Indian, outstanding student and budding artist. The daily grind of reservation life and the deaths of key members of his family threaten his optimistic spirit. Creatively illustrated, this book gives a positive message in a laid back manner.

☆☆☆☆☆ Staff Review

By Patron31547 on Mon, 07 May 2012 09:35:25

This is the story of a young man named Arnold Spirit, a young Spokane Indian from Wellpinit, Washington. Born with several birth defects, he is the regular target of bullies at school. He courts disaster when he decides to transfer from the reservation school to the wealthy, white school in Reardon. To his surprise, he finds himself making friends with the other students and even making the school basketball team! Meeting his old classmates from the reservation school on the basketball court pose a challenge as he struggles to come to terms with his identity as an Indian, outstanding student and budding artist. The daily grind of reservation life and the deaths of key members of his family threaten his optimistic spirit. Creatively illustrated, this book gives a positive message in a laid back manner.

★★★★★ Loved it

By Patron31383 on Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:02:31

Great book i loved all the little cartoons.

☆☆☆☆☆ Heart Touching

By Patron31364 on Mon, 19 Jul 2010 14:45:03

Junior, an Indian living on the Spokane Inidan Reservation, is tired of attending his school on his reservation. Since he wants to challenge himself, he decides to sign up to an all white school, even if it means losing his best friend and being hated by half of his reservation. Sherman Alexie, the author, describes the harsh and hard life of an Indian being discriminated not only by white teenagers, but also by some of the closest and important people in his life. I would give this book a ten out of ten, for its drama, suspense, and action.

☆☆☆☆☆ PRR Suggestion

By Patron7116 on Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:50:00

Leaving the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school, Junior struggles to find his place in his new surroundings in order to escape a bleak destiny back on the Reservation. While his parents support his decision, most others on the reservation see him as a traitor. At school, kids heap all kinds of stereotypes on him. To his surprise, he begins to make friends with both the brainy types as well as popular kids. Junior narrates his story with heartbreaking insight and laugh out loud humor.

★★★★☆ xoxoxo

By little messy missy on Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:12:38

Beautiful book. Great for teens and up.

★★★★★ Brilliant

By MPL Adult Services Staff on Fri, 05 Oct 2012 10:36:33

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but once I started reading I couldn’t put it down till the very end. Arnold Spirit, 14 year old Native American, has grown up on the Spokane reservation in Washington. Born with water on the brain and sporting thick and unfashionable glasses, he has learned to cope with the challenges of his life by allying himself with one of the toughest kids around and by drawing. “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.” Then one day the injustice around him becomes a bit too clear and he is inspired to transfer to a nearby all-white and better funded school, which of course presents new challenges. His friends from the reservation see his school change as a betrayal and the white kids in his new school don’t know what to do with him. This book made me laugh out loud. Arthur is a keen observer of the world and survives his situation with a keen wit. At the same time his life and his awareness of the unfairness of it all are heart-breaking. Alexie has shared that the book is semi-autobiographical, and that knowledge does give the novel an extra element of hopefulness. This book challenged my perceptions of Native Americans and growing up, as well as provided inspiration to face the challenges in my own life.

★★★★★ NP Review

By Michelle on Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:57:16

I really enjoyed reading this book Humorous + poinant. Definately recommend it. It's geared toward teens, but hits on poverty, alcohalism + accepting people for who they are -ver applicable to adults.

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