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4.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 5 4.00 (58,004 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherman Alexie Narrator: Sherman Alexie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781440791666
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Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. 

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a gem of a book…may be [Alexie’s] best work yet.”

    New York Times

  • “Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come.”

    USA Today

  • “Fierce observations and sharp sense of humor…Hilarious language.”

    Newsday

  • “Exceptionally good…Arnold is a wonderful character.”

    Miami Herald

  • “The teen’s determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race delivers a positive message in a low-key manner. Alexie’s tale of self-discovery is a first purchase for all libraries.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic—all at the same time.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally—and hilariously and triumphantly—bent in this novel.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Alexie’s humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience…Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here.” 

    Booklist

  • “The author’s rhythmic reading brings out the lyricism of his writing…Conversations are written with humor and verve and delivered with punch and enthusiasm. The author’s performance experience is clear in his pacing—from the slow, subdued style at a family funeral to the breakneck speed of a climactic basketball game. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion…Fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in.”

    BookPage

  • “Breathtakingly honest, funny, profane, sad…Will stay with readers.”

    Kliatt (starred review) 

  • A 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Children’s Literature Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2008 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • Winner of the 2009 ALA Odyssey Award
  • Winner of the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • A 2011 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
  • Winner of the 2010 California Young Reader Medal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 whitiny | 9/7/2016

    " Ever since I left the Rez I haven't heard the accent in a while. Hearing the book read in the same Accent I heard while living there was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/12/2014

    " Another book that puts me in the shoes of someone who lives in a different place than I have, but who is so much the same as me. I will never completely understand the experience of living as a native American in modern times, but this book shed some light for me. And it has great humor as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia Southwick | 2/8/2014

    " Having grown up near the largest Indian reservation, I was entertained by the majority of the book, but it still really wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie Black | 1/28/2014

    " What an inspiring book! Thanks to my son for making me read it! I recommend it to EVERYONE - young and old, male & female, rich or poor - EVERYONE! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Schyck | 1/26/2014

    " Loved it. Fast paced- snarky and poignant . Great read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 1/21/2014

    " A book for every teenager going through the awkward time of finding self, and a book for every adult who can still remember this valiant quest. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Gouin | 1/19/2014

    " This book was very well written. It had an awesome set of dialog from slang terms, old english, native american language it was kind of like a movie script. You got an idea on how every person in the book talked. Sherman described all the characters as if they were real. The book is about a Native American teen living on a reservation. He doesn't fit in well. Through out the book he faces the normal teen struggles like girls, bullies, fights, and dreams. He also faces more problems than a kid should. I would recommend this book to any teenager because some might relate and some might get an idea of how the outcasts feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/18/2014

    " I'm being really tough on reads this year. Barely any 5 stars. And I don't have that good of a reason to make this only 4 - it walks on that thin line of ice between comedy and sadness, the kind of books I like best. It never veered too much on either side. But I am going to read all Sherman Alexie books I can get my hands on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/15/2014

    " this book was hilarious! It had me laughing all the time. I had to read it for a class and i loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/11/2014

    " I loved everything about this book. Smart narration, real voice, full of message without ever feeling preachy, probably banned in a lot of schools. And, unless some other books I've read somewhat recently, this is a symbolic ending that actually ties up the story nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Bjelke-Wahlberg | 1/7/2014

    " This was one of the best YA books I have read in a long time. I loved it. I think every kid should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 1/7/2014

    " I thought this book was a great read. There was never a dull moment. Though the topic was sad, the tone was more humorous. That made it less depressing and more interesting. The book was pretty easy to read and was hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabby | 12/27/2013

    " This was the best book ever!!!! I couldn't put it down. I started this book last night and finished it at lunch time today. I loved how the author wrote the book. I could totally relate to the main character, Junior and I loved his story. I WILL read this again multiple times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simplymegy | 12/4/2013

    " Best coming-of-age book ever. I'd give it ten stars if i could, it was beyond amazing, beyond the criteria of a five-star book. First i laughed, then i cried. This book had so many insights, it was hard to keep score. Loved. It. So. Much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SCPL Teens | 11/18/2013

    " This National Book Award winner is hilarious and heart-breaking, all at the same time. Pictures punctuate and add to the text,and give a deeper understanding of Junior, a Native-American boy determined to get a good education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Ruskin | 7/21/2013

    " Shockingly funny and an excellent choice for a class novel. Finally a YA novel with in-depth concepts and themes that lend well to analytical class discussions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 4/1/2013

    " Great young adult read with a male protagonist who has an AWESOME voice. Really enjoyed it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francisca Cunha | 9/27/2012

    " This book is absolutely hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 9/20/2012

    " The language was deep, but the character was easy to relate to. Really a great book for young boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina Anik | 4/17/2012

    " A book that talks about all those big problems; racism, alcoholism, death, depression, poverty; in a way that makes it actually bearable to listen to and maybe to understand things, a little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/22/2012

    " One of the most honest & humorous books about growing up. Arnold makes the heaviest choice to transfer to a high school off the rez, & we watch his self-perception & self-esteem soar, even though he had to leave the most important people in his life behind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Porkchop | 12/8/2011

    " True stories are so much better - this book is a compilation of happy, sad, racist, and just plain depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thierry guimaraes | 11/16/2011

    " This book is awesome ok, they should aloud this book in some schools b/c some people might not think its that appropriate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iman Dokht | 5/30/2011

    " it is a kind of page turner book. really funny and also bitter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/25/2011

    " A touching, honest, and irreverent story about a boy who wants more than he thinks he deserves. Alexie writes Junior with care and wisdom, joy and heartbreak. An incredible coming-of-age story that will stay with you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginna | 5/24/2011

    " A very good morning's read. Very accessible, with a voice familiar to readers of Alexie's other work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juwi | 5/24/2011

    " BRILLIANT. why the hell is it banned?! it made me laugh and get a bit teary eyes but damn...so funny and enlightening. =D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " A fun read about growing up Indian in America. The pictures make it read like a real diary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/22/2011

    " What a great story this was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica H. | 5/20/2011

    " i thought this was a funny book and it was really interresting n good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae | 5/18/2011

    " Just so dang great for reluctant-to-read freshmen, but I think anyone would enjoy it. It deals with some heavy and realistic themes like alcoholism and racism in a light, funny and very relatable way. Plus there is some reference to masturbation, which the kids freak out about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 5/17/2011

    " This is a teen book but it was truly excellent. I read it very quickly, in a matter of hours and I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian | 5/17/2011

    " Funny, real and touching, I totally loved this. I'd heard a lot about it in advance, and not only did it live up to my expectations (which books often don't), but it makes me very eager to read more from Alexie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessie | 5/16/2011

    " A quick read and I learned more about the hardships of reservation life but I couldn't really get into it. "

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About the Author
Author Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a poet, short-story writer, novelist, and performer. He is a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, he grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and has been an urban Indian since 1994.