Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie with art by Ellen Forney was a World Book Night selection for 2012.
This engaging semi-autobiographical tale will give kids of all ethnic backgrounds plenty to relate to while showing them what it's like to grow up Native American. Alexie pulls no punches, giving us a world full of violence, tragedy, profanity and disappointment. But he also gives us a good deal of hope. No matter what Junior is faced with (and he's faced with a lot), it never takes him long to regain his sense of humor and focus on improving his own situation. Much of that humor is found in the illustrations, which use a variety of styles as Junior experiments with his craft. Not only does this book fill a (still too large) gap in literature featuring Native American experiences, but it will give every reader something to connect with.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and retails for $11.99 (paperback). I bought mine with my very own money. You can get yours at Left Bank today!
Join us Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Left Bank Books--Central West End for the April meeting of Teen Reads, a reading group for ages 12 to 18, when we will discuss The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.