Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian By: Sherman Alexie
Junior, a Spokane Indian, decides to attend an all-white high school off the reservation despite the disapproval of his people.
Have you ever had to make a really hard decision? One you knew your friends or community might not understand or even support, but you knew was the best move for you? This is the problem Arnold Spirit (aka Junior) has to make in An Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. Junior knows the only way to get off the reservation and escape the cycle of poverty and alcoholism that affects his people is to go to the best school he can, and maybe one day go to college. The problem is that the best school is an all-white school, and he is considered a traitor by his entire community for attending a school off the reservation.
Junior is forced to find a strength inside himself that he never knew he had, and makes some surprising discoveries about the people he knows and the things he always assumed were true.
winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
winner of the 2008 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award
winner of the 2009 International Book on Books for Young People Sweden - Peter Pan Prize
winner of the 2010 California Young Reader Medal
finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2007.
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