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Title:
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The
Annotation:
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white, farm-town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot. This realistic, bittersweet, and humorous novel highlights the challenges young native people experience as they learn to balance Indian life in a modern world. Part autobiography, the story presents the complexities of coming of age, bigotry, bullies, loyalty to family, and the meaning of love.
Copyright:
2007
Original Copyright:
Translator:
Author:
Sherman Alexie
Illustrator:
Ellen Forney (Illustrator)
Grade Level Span:
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
Language:
English
Genre:
Realistic Fiction
Classification:
Culture:
Native American
Topic:
  • Diversity
  • Ethnic Studies
Discipline:
History/Social Science
History/Social Science Standards:
HSS 11.11
Award:
National Book Award
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