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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

NewGen - YA Fiction   
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A remarkable and heart-warming story of survival that avoids sadness or sentimentality because of its original story telling and brilliant black humour. Junior relates the complicated journey of his life travelling from the poverty and lack of opportunity on a reservation to a new life with different problems a shrewd eye, compassion and exceptional understanding. A fantastic journey of discovery for all readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Jenny Downham, YA author - "This is a book I discovered only recently. It made me jealous because the writing is so acute and the writer so talented! It delighted me for the very same reasons. This is the funniest, wisest book I’ve read in a long time. A complex story of identity. Truly beautiful."

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  • Amisha McCrystal, age 12 - 'This novel is an unusual story of a great friend ship between two young boys. This novel is super easy to get stuck into.' Read full review >
  • Calum, age 11 - 'Heart-warming, witty, funny and an awesome book to read.' Read full review >
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman - 'I really liked this book, it was unlike anything I had read before! It's for older readers, but I could understand the story and want to read more!' Read full review >
  • Benjy Randall, aged 11 - 'A gripping tale for boys and girls alike.This is a brilliant book with amazing illustrations.' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote, aged 15 - 'This book is heart-warming and funny. Junior the main character draws you into his difficult journey to achieve his goals and once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, aged 12 - 'I really liked the characters which are unique to this book. The plot was excellent as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would rate it five stars out of five.' Read full review >
  • Ronan McCarthy, aged 14 - 'I absolutely adored this book. Not only are the style of writing and the humour fantastic, it also gave a genuine insight into the harsh realities of life on the reservation.' Read full review >
  • Elle Cogan, aged 11 - 'I loved this book, and once I started reading it, I couldn't stop...I also liked the fun little cartoon drawings included in the book.' Read full review >
  • Alice - 'This is a book about a boy called who has a poor family living in a run down town...It was well written and had some good illustrations.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This book gets you to look through the eyes of an adolescence Spokane boy and why he as to leave school!' Read full review >

Synopsis

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

An all-new edition of the tragicomic smash hit which stormed the New York Times bestseller charts, now featuring an introduction from Markus Zusak. In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. It chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy.

It is illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.

Reviews

A gem of a book ... may be Sherman Alexie's best work yet New York Times

It's humane, authentic and, most of all, it speaks Guardian

A remarkable tale that is sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages to come USA Today

Emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic and devastatingly funny San Francisco Bay Guardian

A coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends its universality -- starred review Publishers Weekly

Excellent in every way Neil Gaiman

About the Author

Sherman Alexie is the author of Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, and The Toughest Indian in the World. His books have earned him a citation from the PEN Hemingway Award for Best First Book of Fiction, the Before Columbus Foundation's America Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize.

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Book Info

Publication date

29th January 2015

Author

Sherman Alexie

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Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
272 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 17 years

Categories

Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)
Personal & social issues: truancy & school problems (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781783442010

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