Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Author: Sherman Alexie
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 2007
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: NPR Teen; Top 100 YA; US of YA; New Author
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.
One of those books on the big "Must-read" list and I find that I'm just a little too old to fully appreciate this volume. It's a good read, but I didn't connect to it on a personal level. I did enjoy the little cartoons sprinkled throughout. This feels like a great read for middle to high schoolers. Will keep it in mind for the twins in a few years.