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The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

Alexie, Sherman (Audiobook CD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian
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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Authors: Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
Title: The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
[sound recording]
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, 2007, 2008
Characteristics: 5 sound discs :,digital, stereo ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: by Sherman Alexie ; art by Ellen Forney
Notes: Originally published: New York : Little, Brown, c2007. 1st ed
Compact disc
Performed by the author
Summary: Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
ISBN: 9781428182974
Branch Call Number: CD YA ALEXIE
Subject Headings: Spokane Indians Juvenile fiction Indians of North America Washington (State) Juvenile fiction Indian reservations Juvenile fiction Race relations Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Diary Fiction
Topical Term: Spokane Indians
Indians of North America
Indian reservations
Race relations
Authors, American
Publisher No: C4318
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I understand a copy of the audio book is on the shelves at Olathe. If so, I would like to pick up this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. Thank you.
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Oct 03, 2009
  • AlanaS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

After a couple false starts with the print version of the story, I gave the audiobook a try. When done, I have to admit that I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. There were parts of the story that would make me laugh, despite being sad at the same time. A story that is filled with both sadness and hope at the same time, which is a rare thing to find. Would highly recommend for people to read of any age to read.


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Jul 30, 2010
  • Hokansonh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Junior announces that he wants to attend the white school off the reservation he is not only ostracized, but tormented by his own people. As he dips one foot into the strange world of white people and keeps the other firmly planted on the reservation he feels torn between the better life he glimpses at his new school and the life he has always known.

This novel is simultaneously hopeful and hopeless. Junior is one boy out of an entire reservation who is able to break the pattern that has so firmly gripped his family and friends. At the same time, the reader meets all those who Junior loves and loses. Those who don’t break the cycle, and the reader can see why Junior says “Indians have LOST EVERYTHING. We lost our native land, we lost our languages, we lost our songs and dances. We lost each other. We only know how to lose and be lost.”

In the end, Junior receives his best friend Rowdy’s blessing which he needs to head out into the world, but both know it will be a bitter-sweet departure. Alexie brilliantly portrays the whites whom Junior meets as having problems that might be different from his, but are problems none-the-less. A must-read for both teens and adults.


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