Friday, September 27, 2013

BANNED BOOKS WEEK: Celebrate fREADom with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Celebrate the freedom to read THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie (2007)

Life is tough for Junior, a social outcast living on a Spokane Indian reservation in Washington. Considered a weirdo, he is a not-so-proud member of the “Blackeye-of-the-Month club.” Junior escapes his bleak environment of poverty and alcoholism by reading comic books in his room. Junior also loves drawing and uses this talent to make sense of the world. Frustrated with the limitations of the rez, he enrolls in an all-white school. The backlash is ugly but Junior is determined to forge his own path while balancing life in two separate worlds.
Author Sherman Alexie approaches his first young adult novel with the same candor and cynical humor I enjoy in his short stories. This novel was one of ten most challenged books in 2012 due to “offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.” The Absolutely True Diary also won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2007, as well as other awards.  Junior’s funny illustrations and sarcastic sense of humor will appeal to teens facing the same issues of identity and self-worth.

Darletha Matthews, South Branch Library


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