(Review-YA) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman, and Ellen Forney. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. New York: Little, Brown, 2007. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0316013697 Formats available: hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. Paperback $9.45.

Info 684 Genre: Multicultural

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There once was a kid named Junior. He already had a hard time fitting in on the Indian Reservation because of his various medical conditions. And then he decided to go to school off of the reservation (GASP!). Which made everyone there hate him (traitor! traitor!). and then he got to his new school and didn’t fit in there either. At first.

What’s a boy to do? Junior tells his story through humor, both written and visual, through his cartoons and diary entries.


Themes include: Identity, bullying, violence, alcoholism, courage, friendship, culture, death & loss, overcoming adversity
Awards: 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book award, Fiction and Poetry.

My Thoughts: Junior documents his circumstances with such humor and honesty that you can’t help but love, sympathize with, and root for for him. This is a realistic under-dog story that gives us a somewhat rare glimpse into the lifestyles, culture, and difficulties faced by American Indians living on Reservations in the U.S. The story touches on some dark and upsetting concepts, but I’d recommend this read for anyone. Those younger than 12 may not understand or be prepared for some of the topics and situations.


  • Locate The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at your library through Worldcat.org
  • If you liked this book, you can see similar titles at goodreads.com
  • Here’s an interview with Sherman Alexie where he discusses, among other things, living in America as part of the non-dominant culture

About the Author: Sherman Alexie is a poet, novelist, short story writer, and performer.

  • His writings have won several awards
  • He is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian who grew up in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is based loosely on Sherman Alexie’s life growing up.
  • You can learn more about Sherman Alexie and his writings on his website
  • Follow Sherman Alexie on twitter @sherman_alexie

Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Book Talk: Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.
Mathe Steer. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Audiobook 1.” Online Video clip. YouTube.com. 26 April 2015. Web. 13 July 2015.
Moyers & Company. “Sherman Alexie on living outside boarders.” Online Video clip. YouTube.com. 12 April 2013. Web. 13 July 2015.
“Sherman Alexie.” Sherman Alexie. Web 13 July 2015.

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