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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Aug 17, 11

bookshelves: native-american, multicultural, childrens
Read in August, 2011

Smart and funny. Not really a juvenile novel, though there's sure as hell no reason to hide it from a teenager. First-rate illustrations. Alexie's sharp about teenage life, basketball, and especially the tensions of trying to keep connections with the reservation without getting sucked into the destructive cycles, which he portrays accurately as one of the legacies of white supremacy in its Indian-centered mode. Adrian Spirit/Junior is an unforgettable main character, and his friend Rocky's just about as good. Not quite as good as The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight and Heaven or Ten Little Indians, but close.
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