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 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 thought he was destined to live.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,
Alexie's Young Adult debut, released in hardcover to instant success, recieving
seven starred reviews, hitting numerous bestseller lists, and winning
the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.