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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Written by Sherman Alexie

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Review

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A favourite of Jenny Downham, January 2011 Guest Editor:

"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."

Julia Eccleshare's 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.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Synopsis

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.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • 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.' Read full review >
  • Calum, age 11 - 'Heart-warming, witty, funny and an awesome book to read.' Read full review >
  • 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!' Read full review >
  • Benjy Randall, aged 11 - 'A gripping tale for boys and girls alike.This is a brilliant book with amazing illustrations.' Read full review >
  • 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.' Read full review >
  • 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.' Read full review >
  • 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.' Read full review >
  • 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.' Read full review >
  • 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.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This book gets you to look through the eyes of an adolescence Spokane boy and why he as to leave school!' Read full review >

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Press Reviews

'I have no doubt that in a year or so it'll be winning awards and being banned.' Neil Gaiman

'Overflows with truth, pain and black comedy amid lacerating memories of life on the rez... the novel is an unforgettable portrait of getting by in harsh circumstances, then getting out.' New York Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783442010
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783442010
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783442010
Publication date: 5th June 2008
Author: Sherman Alexie
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About 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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