The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Title

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Subject

Young Adult Fiction

Description

In this semi-biographical, coming-of-age story, told in first-person narrative, a Native-American teen, Arnold Spirit Jr. (referred to as “Junior” throughout the book) details his experience attending an all-white public high school in the off-reservation town of Reardan, Washington.

The book has been challenged over its topics of alcohol, poverty, bullying, homosexuality, violence, and sexual references, as well as for the tragic deaths of characters and the use of profanity.

It has been banned from school curriculum in Stockton, Missouri, Richland, Washington (though the school board revoked their decision after reading the book themselves), and in Newcastle, Wyoming, though a copy is still held in the library for those wishing to read it.

Creator

Sherman Alexie, Illus. Ellen Forney

Publisher

New York NY: Hachette Book Group

Date

2007

Format

Softcover

Language

English

Collection

Citation

Sherman Alexie, Illus. Ellen Forney, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Special Collections, accessed November 28, 2022, https://archive.fims.uwo.ca/specialcollections/items/show/78.