The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie (Author)


Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
April 01, 2009
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.1 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

A National Book Award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie is one of the most well-known and beloved literary writers of his generation. His works of fiction, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, have received numerous awards and citations. He lives in Seattle. Like Thunder Boy Jr., Sherman was named for his father.


"Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come."--USA Today
"The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally-and hilariously and triumphantly-bent in this novel."--(starred review), Horn Book
"Few writers are more masterful than Sherman Alexie."--Los Angeles Times
"Fierce observations and sharp sense of humor...hilarious language."--Newsday
"What emerges most strongly is Junior's uncompromising determination to press on while leaving nothing important behind."--(starred review), BCCB
"Deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in."--BookPage
"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet."--New York Times
"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes."--(starred review), Publishers Weekly
"Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic-all at the same time."--(starred review), VOYA
"Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion....fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight."--Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)
"Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience."--Booklist
"Breathtakingly honest, funny, profane, sad....will stay with readers."--(starred review), KLIATT
"[Alexie] has created an endearing teen protagonist in his own likeness and placed him in the here and now."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Exceptionally good....Arnold is a wonderful character."--Miami Herald