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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
Little Brown Young Readers
Publish date: 2007-08-01
$8.99
9780316013680
Trade Paper

Review:

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian is a story for all ages about a young man crossing divides and finding what it takes to succeed in a world, that seemingly had his destiny laid out for him. 

Inspired by personl accounts from the Alexie's childhood, Junior is a young Native who was born with fluid on his brain and 42 tooth buds in his mouth. Overcoming nature's practical jokes, Junior grows to become a smaller than average teen with a yearning for knowledge and a quickness for getting himself out of potentially dangerous (yet hilarious) situations, and a talented cartoonist. I was charmed by Junior and his unyielding determination to change the course of history.

On the first day of his freshman year, Junior opens his geometry book to find his mother's name in the "owner's name" field. Unwilling to sit through classes prepared to teach 'knowledge' that dated 30 years,  Junior is thrown into a heady desire to enroll himself  into the all-white public school, a mere 20 miles away. So here begins the True Diary of this highly earnest young man.  

Faced with an all white high school, a basketball, a girl, his best friend Rowdy; the reservation bully, his reservation's animosity and a 20 mile trek each day for 4 years Junior is a force of pimple faced nature.

   
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