The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

part-time-indianSherman Alexie

Bittersweet and humorous account of one year in the life of 14 year old Arnold Spirit, a Spokane Indian who lives on a reservation. At the urging of a teacher, he leaves his school on the “Rez” and goes to an all-white school 20 miles away. There he strives to fit in all the while being shunned by the people of the reservation, including his best friend.

Through clever narrative and illustrations, the author explores themes of acceptance, prejudice, family, and alcoholism in this excellent coming of age story.