The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

7 01 2008

absolutely-true-diary.gifby Sherman Alexie

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Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Okay, this book gets the prize for the book that I really didn’t want to read, but felt I had to (see major league award above).  Which goes to say that my mother was right, “try it, you’ll like it”.  This book was great! Very funny, very emotional, I found myself really hoping that all would turn out great for Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his Native American Indian Reservation school to find more opportunities  in the larger, better funded town school – which happens  to have have a predominately white student body.  As Junior tries to juggle family problems, loyalty to his Native tribe, and being a teenager, he learns that you don’t have to forget who you are to become who you want to be.    




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