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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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 by Ellen Forney 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.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
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Genre: Teen & Young Adult / Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Class Differences

On Sale: April 1st 2009

Price: $15.99

Page Count: 288

ISBN-13: 9780316013697

Praise

"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet."—New York Times
"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes."—(starred review), Publishers Weekly
"Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come."—USA Today
"Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic-all at the same time."—(starred review), VOYA
"The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally-and hilariously and triumphantly-bent in this novel."—(starred review), Horn Book
"Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion....fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight."—Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)
"Few writers are more masterful than Sherman Alexie."—Los Angeles Times
"Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience."—Booklist
"Fierce observations and sharp sense of humor...hilarious language."—Newsday
"Breathtakingly honest, funny, profane, sad....will stay with readers."—(starred review), KLIATT
"What emerges most strongly is Junior's uncompromising determination to press on while leaving nothing important behind."—(starred review), BCCB
"[Alexie] has created an endearing teen protagonist in his own likeness and placed him in the here and now."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in."—BookPage
"Exceptionally good....Arnold is a wonderful character."—Miami Herald

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Meet The Author: Sherman Alexie

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist and performer. A Spokane/Couer d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family. Discover more

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Thunder Boy Jr.

Thunder Boy Jr.

Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.

But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.

National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.