Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

** I just completed a Young Adult literature course and have read and reviewed several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**

Name: Christopher M. Jimenez
Media Format: Book (ebook)
Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Genre: Memoir, Ethnic, Realistic Fiction, Humor, Sports
Author: Sherman Alexie
Selection Source: 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Recommended Audience Age: 12 - Adult
Reading Recommendation: 5
Curriculum Connections: History, Civics, Culture


When Junior decides to leave the reservation to pursue his high school education, he feels opposition from both the white people at the school and the red people on the rez. He tries to honor his heritage while rejecting stereotypical vices. Along the way, he earns respect from both worlds and sets himself up for a promising future.


This novel serves as a glimpse into a new culture for most YAs. It is important to note the opposition that Junior feels on every front, and how he rises above it. The book is also satirical and illustrates the oppression that Native Americans have endured throughout history.


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