In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
The New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 2007 (children's books) NYPL Books for the Teen Age 2008 2007 PW "Off the Cuff" Awards: Favorite YA Novel, 2007 Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of the Year 2007 Kirkus Reviews Best YA Books 2007 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2007 Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner
"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet."
—New York Times
A National Book Award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman has been named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists and has been lauded by The Boston Globe as "an important voice in American literature." He is one of the most well known and beloved literary writers of his generation, with works such as The Long Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Reservoir Blues and has received numerous awards and citations, including the PEN/Malamud Award for Fiction and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award.