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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Oct 23, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: youngadult
Recommended for: YA readers
Read in October, 2007

If you've never read Sherman Alexie, he's a treat. I first read his vignettes Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He writes about life on the rez with humor and love, and always a little self-deprecation. This book is his first YA book, and it's almost like the TV show "Everybody Hates Chris". Arthur Spirit or Junior is a dorky, brainy kid who would probably get beat up at the rez school without his best friend Rowdy who is his protector. Junior is fine until he gets a geometry book, opens it up and finds that the book belonged to his mother. He decides that he's going to leave the rez and go to school with the white kids off the rez. Hilarious and sad and teenage angsty and cultural angsty all in a cool package with cartoons that Junior draws to help him make sense of the world.

Definitely an author I want to bring for the next teen reading festival.

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