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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Aspects of the work that appeal, or do not appeal to teens:
Depending on the reader, the opening chapter will either draw a reader in instantly or repel them. I think in most cases, it will make Junior more appealing. He lays all of his faults out right away, much as the way teens see themselves. And, like teens, it takes quite a long time for Junior to discover his own strengths. However, the strongest aspect of the work is Alexi’s delicate balance between tragedy and comedy. The funniest moments are offered levity by reality, and even the most desperately sad pages have a comic that offers a unique perspective.
The book ends on a truly hopeful note.

Are the character's believable?
Very much so – Junior’s cataloging of his own faults is so in line with how many students seem to see themselves for a time, at least.

How would you promote this book to teens?
- Introduce to those who are interested in graphic novels but need something of more levity
- A good book for reluctant readers who don’t believe that books are written that speak to them

VOYA codes:
5Q, 5P,J/S
(5P helped along by Stephenie Meyer’s frequent plugs)
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