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


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  • Miranda Reads

    Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community. Junior, a teenager on the Spokane Indian Reservation (the "rez"), spent his entire life trying to blend in...

  • Brina

    Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a short novel labeled young adult but more appropriate for adult audiences. A mere 230 pages including comic sketches, Alexie detail...

  • Jess

    2018 update - with all of the women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment from Alexie, I'm no longer comfortable with the glowing review I originally wrote. I still think the book is fa...

  • Elyse Walters

    "Everyone on the rez calls me a retard about twice a day. They call me a retard when they are pantsing me or stuffing my head in the toilet or just smacking me upside the head." "Do you know what happ...

  • Lola

    The best stories have truth in them. Even if it’s a fictional story, if it feels realistic, if you can imagine these events taking place in real life, or if it reveals you something about human natu...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman AlexieThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a novel by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Ellen Forney. The book won several awards...

  • Jodie

    This book has sort of been on my radar, and yesterday I saw it on one of my student's desk. I excitedly asked him what he thought of it, and his face lit up. He told me he had just finished it and rep...

  • Emily May

    Sooo... what do I know about Indians (aka Native Americans)? Well, apparently the average white American knows very little about them and, whether that's true or not, I can confirm that the average Br...

  • TK421

    Confession time: I’ve been a bit of a snob when it comes to YA literature. The idea that this type of writing was beneath me, not able to give me what I wanted from a story were my main excuses. I...

  • peachygirl

    Funny, poignant and heartbreaking, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian turned out to be an amazing read.Dealing with hydrocephalus, poverty, constant bullying and frequent deaths in a fami...