Reader Reviewed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Written by Sherman Alexie

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

A remarkable and heart warming story of survival that avoids sadness or sentimentality because of its original story telling and brilliant black humour. Junior relates the complicated journey of his life travelling from the poverty and lack of opportunity on a reservation to a new life with different problems a shrewd eye, compassion and exceptional understanding. A fantastic journey of discovery for all readers.

Jenny Downham, YA author - "This is a book I discovered only recently. It made me jealous because the writing is so acute and the writer so talented! It delighted me for the very same reasons. This is the funniest, wisest book I’ve read in a long time. A complex story of identity. Truly beautiful."

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Amisha McCrystal, age 12 - 'This novel is an unusual story of a great friend ship between two young boys. This novel is super easy to get stuck into.'
  • Calum, age 11 - 'Heart-warming, witty, funny and an awesome book to read.'
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman - 'I really liked this book, it was unlike anything I had read before! It's for older readers, but I could understand the story and want to read more!'
  • Benjy Randall, aged 11 - 'A gripping tale for boys and girls alike.This is a brilliant book with amazing illustrations.'
  • Rose Heathcote, aged 15 - 'This book is heart-warming and funny. Junior the main character draws you into his difficult journey to achieve his goals and once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, aged 12 - 'I really liked the characters which are unique to this book. The plot was excellent as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would rate it five stars out of five.'
  • Ronan McCarthy, aged 14 - 'I absolutely adored this book. Not only are the style of writing and the humour fantastic, it also gave a genuine insight into the harsh realities of life on the reservation.'
  • Elle Cogan, aged 11 - 'I loved this book, and once I started reading it, I couldn't stop...I also liked the fun little cartoon drawings included in the book.'
  • Alice - 'This is a book about a boy called who has a poor family living in a run down town...It was well written and had some good illustrations.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This book gets you to look through the eyes of an adolescence Spokane boy and why he as to leave school!'


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

An all-new edition of the tragicomic smash hit which stormed the New York Times bestseller charts, now featuring an introduction from Markus Zusak. In his first book for young adults, 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, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. It chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy.

It is illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.


A gem of a book ... may be Sherman Alexie's best work yet New York Times

It's humane, authentic and, most of all, it speaks Guardian

A remarkable tale that is sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages to come USA Today

Emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic and devastatingly funny San Francisco Bay Guardian

A coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends its universality -- starred review Publishers Weekly

Excellent in every way Neil Gaiman

About the Author

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie combines his successful writing career with stand-up comedy. His siblings, with whom he grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation in the east of Washington state, are surprised people find him funny, he says. "I was always the depressed guy in the basement. But I've borrowed their sense of humour and made it darker and more deadly - a weapon of self-defence. Being funny you win hearts quicker; people laughing are more apt to listen."

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

29th January 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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