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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Jun 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: humor, race, family, staff-pick

Teton County Library Call No: YA ALEXIE
Suzy's rating: 5 stars

Debbie's rating: 5 stars
This is an autobiographical story explaining in humorous but heartbreaking dialogue the life of Junior, born on the family's Spokane Indian Reservation. With birth deformities, Jr.was mocked by his peers and realized early on that life on the "res" would be pathetic. A talented artist and athlete, he enrolled himself in an all white school in the neighboring town, where again he found himself tormented. But his fierce determination and self-confidence help him overcome the tragedies of his family life and "res" world. With unparalleled wisdom, he battles issues with his parents, sister, best friend, and school peers. This is a funny but tragic tale of one bright, caring, hopeful young man trying to find his place in American culture and realizing how valuable being your own person is.

Madeleine - 5 stars
Great book for tweens on up to adults. I'm not normally in to any bleeding heart story as I get too involved and they leave me raw but this story is told with humor and wit and Junior does not just wallow Oprah style in his misery.

Suzy gives this one 5 Stars: Powerful book for teens and adults. Told with a sense of humor, and heartbreaking beauty.

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