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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Apr 26, 09


From the mind of a middle school teacher...

Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts: My selection was motivated by two of my fellow grad students. I mentioned to them that I was in search of books that would appeal to young male readers. They enthusiastically recommended the novel. Before reading the book, I have never heard of the title or the author. From the title, I thought it would be a memoir of sorts.
During Reading: Hands down, I love it. This is one of the most entertaining books that I’ve read in a long time. So far I’ve laughed out loud several times. The plot, characters, and writing style feel really authentic. It really feels like I’m reading the musings of a smart, witty teenage kid. The strength of a compelling story has pulled me completely into this book. I want to know how Junior overcomes his reality.
After Reading: Amazing! The themes of depression, death, alcoholism, racism, freedom, and fitting-in echo loudly, this novel is all strength and no weakness! A five hundred pound gorilla in room filled with lemurs. This book is perfect for the young reluctant male reader, pulling them in with humor while exploring major real-life themes that many teenagers face. I’ve placed my order for a classroom set for next school year!


Excellent! A must read! The perfect guy book!
VOYA - 5Q & 5P
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Linda Stewart Walter,
I loved this book too! Can't read it in public, 'cause people stare when you laugh out loud. It was a favorite of mine and I'm teaching it in two classes - one was for English Ed and another for American Studies intro course! Dear Arnold Spirit. Makes me want to read lots of Sherman Alexie. Another book you might love is Bombingham by Tony Grooms.


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