The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

By (author) Sherman Alexie

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In his first book for young adults, bestselling author 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, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experience and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live. It is illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.

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  • Paperback | 229 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • 05 Jun 2008
  • Andersen Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Black and white illustrations throughout
  • 1842708449
  • 9781842708446
  • 5,101

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Sherman Alexie is an award-winning author, poet and filmmaker, who was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. One of the most well-known and beloved literary writers of his generation, his works of adult fiction include Reservation Blues and short story collections Ten Little Indians and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He lives in Seattle.

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"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

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