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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

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ALEXIE, Sherman
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This is an uncompromising look at life on a reservation from the inside. Gritty and unsentimental, The Absolutely True Diarypulls no punches, but it’s also disarmingly funny and truthful.


  • WINNER 2010 PEN Faulkner Award 2010
  • WINNER National Book Award for Young People’s Literature 2007


  • CARTER, Forrest: The Education of Little Tree (Delacorte 1976) classic tale about growing up among Cherokees.
  • DORRIS, Michael: The Window (Hyperion 1997) the story of eleven-year-old Rayona.
  • SMELCER, John: The Trap (Andersen Press 2008) Johnny is looking for his grandfather who was trapped in the wilderness.
  • Dances with Wolves (1990) Lt John Dunbar befriends wolves and Indians.
  • Little Big Man (1970) Old Jack looks back on his life – raised by Indians and then fighting with General Custer.