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The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Title

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Authors

Sherman Alexie

Illustrator

Ellen Forney

Publisher

Little, Brown

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780316013697

Pages

229 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Junior, who is already beaten up regularly for being a skinny kid in glasses, goes to the rich white school miles away. Now he's a traget there as well. How he survives all this is an absolute shining must-read and a triumph of the human spirit.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Family member death; Interracial; death of a sibling; death of a sister; death of a grandmother; interracial relationship

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

Native American

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Amazon Editors' Picks: Top 10 Books,2007
Best Children's Books of the Year,2008 Bank Street College of Education
Bulletin Blue Ribbons,2007 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Capitol Choices,2008 The Capitol Choices Committee
Choices,2008 Cooperative Children's Book Center
Horn Book Fanfare,2007 Horn Book
Kirkus Best Young Adult Books,2007 Kirkus
Kirkus Book Review Stars, July 15,2007
Middle and Junior High Schoool Library Catalog, Ninth Edition Supplement 2008,2008 H.W. Wilson Company
New York Times Notable Children's Books,2007 New York Times
Notable Books for a Global Society,2008 Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group IRA
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books,2007 Cahners
School Library Journal Best Books,2007 Cahners
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, September,2007 Cahners
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults,2008 American Library Association
YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults,2008
30 Multicultural Books Every Teen Should Know,2015 Cooperative Children s Book Center
50 Books about Peace and Social Justice,2011 Cooperative Children s Book Center
Got Text Complexity? Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (Grades 6-12,2013 Cooperative Children s Book Center
Great Middle School Reads,2013 Cooperative Children s Book Center
Made for Each Other: Exploring Topics through Fiction and NonFiction in Grades 6 - 12,2013 Cooperative Children s Book Center
Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners,2009 YALSA-ALA
Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners,2014 YALSA-ALA
School Stories: Selected K-12 Literature about the School Experience,2014 Cooperative Children s Book Center
Thickskinned, Thinskinned, The Skin I m In: Books about Bullying, Teasing, Relational Aggression and School Violence,2013 Cooperative Children s Book Center
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults,2010 YALSA-ALA
Booklist Editors' Choice: Audio for Youth,2008 American Library Association
Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults,2009 American Library Association-YALSA
Capitol Choices,2009 The Capitol Choices Committee
California Young Reader Medal, 2009-2010
Nominee California
Georgia Peach Teen Readers' Choice Award, 2008-2009
Nominee Georgia
West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA, 2009
Nominee Australia
Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2011
Nominee Illinois
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2009
Nominee Colorado
Delaware Diamonds, 2008-2009
Nominee Delaware
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2009-2010
Nominee Indiana
Florida Teens Read, 2009-2010
Nominee Florida
Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2010
Nominee Arizona
Green Mountain Book Award, 2009-2010
Master List Vermont
Iowa Teen Award, 2009-2010
Nominee Iowa
Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2009
Nominee Kentucky
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2009-2010
Nominee Pennsylvania
Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2009
Nominee Rhode Island
Sequoyah Book Award, 2010
Masterlist Oklahoma
Soaring Eagle Book Award, 2009-2010
Nominee Wyoming
South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2009-2010
Nominee South Carolina
Tayshas High School Reading List, 2008-2009
Texas
Volunteer State Book Award, 2009-2010
Nominee Tennessee
West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA, 2010
Nominee Australia
Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2008-2009
Wisconsin
Young Reader's Choice Award, 2010
Nominee Pacific Northwest
Young Adult Reading Program, 2009-2010
South Dakota
California Young Reader Medal, 2010 Winner California
American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2008 Winner United States
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2008 Winner United States
Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2007 Honorable Mention United States
Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2007 Honorable Mention United States
Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2007 Winner United States
Cybils Awards, 2007 Finalist United States
Delaware Diamonds, 2009 Winner Delaware
Gold Inky, 2009 Shortlist Australia
Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2007 Finalist United States
Mind the Gap Award, 2008 Winner United States
National Book Award, 2007 Winner United States
National Parenting Publications Award, 2007 Gold Book United States
Pacific Northwest Book Award, 2008 Winner Pacific Northwest
Thumbs Up! Award, 2008 Honor Book Michigan United States
American Booksellers Book Sense Book of the Year (ABBY) Award, 2008 Honor United States
Washington State Book Award, 2008 Winner Washington
Odyssey Award, 2009 Winner United States

Keywords

alcohol; Spokane Indians; basketball; school; bullying; reservation

Diversity Impact

direct

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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