The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Paperback, 229 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, List Price: $12.99 | purchase

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Sherman Alexie's humorous, semiautobiographical novel, illustrated by Ellen Forney, follows 14-year-old Junior — poor, skinny and with a freakishly big head — as he leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation for a mostly white school in a nearby town. Alexie captures the pain and awkwardness of adolescence while also meditating on the devastation that poverty, racism and alcoholism have wreaked on Native American communities.

Awards and Recognition

National Book Award (2007)

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