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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author 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 rez 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, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
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Genre: young Young adult fiction
Date Started: November 1st, 2019
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pages: 316
How did you choose this book: Recommended by a friend

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AlliBee
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This book was an absolute masterpiece with a great mixture of heartfelt and funny parts.

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Charaya.MountainHorse13
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It takes place on the Spokane Indian reserve about a young First Nations boy, Junior. While being affected by various medical conditions overcoming different obstacles with his best friend. Focused on a getting a successful education he must choose between leaving his community and attend the nearby all white school. In this down to earth novel Sherman Alexie shares experiences of his as a youth, filled with laughs and tears. Loved this book!

MissYaremcio I love this review! Great job! I will count this as your first post! 1mo
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hike.read.repeat
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So glad I finally read this one. Loved every bit of it. Gonna add more Sherman Alexie books to my tbr. #bannedbooksweek

Gezemice One of those that deserves the hype. 2mo
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“Really good books and cartoons give you a boner...you should approach each book—you should approach life—with the real possibility that you might get a metaphorical boner at any point.”
#bannedbooksweek

LibrarianRyan love it
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Kicking off #bannedbooksweek by starting one of 2018‘s most challenged books.

DrexEdit So much 💜 for this book. 2mo
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LiterRohde
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“Junior talks about it - relating to dozens if not hundreds of tribes. Even as the world tries to define you, narrow the definition of you, don‘t do it to yourself.”

#LilithJuly | 23: #CentralReservation

📷: Made with Typorama

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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"I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent. "

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I've made it through the Top 9. Written from viewpoint of 14 year old boy so of course there's going to be 14 year old boy humor & sexual references. Would expect no less. Found it's descriptions of life on 'The Rez' quite depressing. I didn't love it or hate it so calling it So-So.That's strictly for Book Content.
Question: Do you factor in Author's Bad Behavior when you review a book???🤔
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LibrarianRyan I do not factor in author behavior when I review a book. It might cause me to not read their book. But I read this the first year it made the BBL. I agree with you. I can not figure out why people are so hyped over it. I have read better. 5mo
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Clwojick
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I finished this one last night in one sitting and 3 hours. I really enjoyed it. I guess I can see why it was banned, although I still disagree with it. I thoroughly enjoyed it ❤️

9 hours (ish) for #MayMadness ##24B4Monday I‘m not using a timer this time around, but I‘m not too concerned about it, seeing as how I‘ve already passed my goal of 5 hours. 👏🏻

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @RadicalReader

Andrew65 Totally exceeded your target! 👏 Looks an interesting book. 6mo
Anna40 The book was banned?? 6mo
NenaB This was one of my book club choices..I liked it. 6mo
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Nerdfins I love that mug! 6mo
Ross Great work on your goal! Have you seen Smoke Signals? It‘s a great flick. Sherman Alexie wrote the screenplay based on a short story from another book of his called “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” (edited) 6mo
Clwojick @NenaB I really enjoyed it! ♥️ 6mo
Clwojick @Nerdfins Thanks! I made it using my cricut! 😍 6mo
Clwojick @Ross I‘ll have to check it out! Thanks for the info ♥️ 6mo
Ross @Clwojick 😁👍🏽 (edited) 6mo
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Clwojick
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“I grabbed my book and opened it up.
I wanted to smell it.
Heck, I wanted to kiss it.
Yes, kiss it.
That‘s right, I am a book kisser.”

EmilyM EXCELLENT book! 6mo
Clwojick @EmilyM I am FLYING through it. I should definitely be done by tomorrow! ♥️ 6mo
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k.reads Love your mug!!😍 6mo
Clwojick @k.reads thanks! I made it with my cricut 😍 6mo
k.reads @Clwojick No way! That‘s so cool. 6mo
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Sresendez12
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I can‘t exactly say why I love this book so much, but I absolutely loved it! It made me laugh and made me tear up a bit. I‘m so thankful for the #booked2019 challenge for pushing me out of my comfort zone so I could experience this amazing book! I‘ve already recommended this book to multiple people and it may be my new favorite book to recommend.

Cinfhen This was really a special book, despite the allegations against Alexie. I loved it too 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This year I‘ve read two #indigenousauthors who thank Alexie, plus it gets a lot of #Litsylove. I may just have to read it soon. Thanks for the reminder. 6mo
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Clwojick
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Next up for #BannedBooks.

Also, does anyone else live entirely off of watermelon in the summer months? I swear, I go through a huge watermelon every 3-4 days. My husband normally gets 2-3 pcs, then it‘s gone. 😂😍🍉

#maymadness #24b4Monday @Andrew65 @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Same! 💗🍉💗 6mo
SaturnDoo I ❤ 🍉 too. I picked this book to read for banned books week but my reading went downhill this weekend when I had to go get my 20 month old grandson Wednesday afternoon 😂 I may have to extend my unfinished maymadness reads into the first week of June😂🤣😂🤣 6mo
Clwojick @SaturnDoo I will definitely be reading my leftovers into May as well! I have a ton of graphic novels that I didn‘t get to, and a handful from the other themes! 6mo
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BennettBookworm OMG same! That was my whole day today, devouring a watermelon!! 🤣🍉 6mo
Marmie7 🙋 I even ask for watermelon for my birthday! 😋 6mo
mdm139 my kids eat a whole watermelon everyday during the summer. Figure there are a lot of worse they things they can eat. 6mo
Andrew65 I prefer, and eat a lot of honeydew melon. 6mo
Bookladylinda Yes!!! The one I have now is so good, I feel like I can eat the whole thing in one sitting. 😂 6mo
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echalpan
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Such a great book that touches on racism, alcoholism, poverty, and privilege with deadpan humor sprinkled throughout.

ClairesReads Love love love this book 6mo
JeannieReads I just love this book so much! 6mo
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LoverofLit
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This book was delightful. I'm ashamed to say I'm not sure I've ever read a book following the perspective and life of a Native American but am so glad I did. Tackling some tough topics with charm and warmth of heart, I can absolutely see why this book is loved by so many. This is why I do reading challenges. To read outside my box and find treasures like this. #Booked2019 An indigenous author @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

LMJenkins I loved loved loved this book. 💛 6mo
sammisho This is such a great book! 6mo
Cinfhen This book is simply brilliant for ALL readers!!!! Loved it, too!!! 6mo
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This book is adorable and quirky and already has touched on tough topics in such a light hearted way. Really enjoying it halfway through!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘😘😘 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a tough one to review, as should readers separate the author from his work? This semi-autobiographical novel is a coming-of-age read about a Native American high school boy who is determined to break away from his life in the reservation and do something positive in his life. Sad and funny, it‘s an important read. It‘s a novel about hope, family and community values. I would have given it more stars if not of the ugly scandals.
#Booked2019

KatieDid927 I think in some cases we have to separate the author from their work. Alice Walker and Roald Dahl are/were anti-semites but it doesn‘t mean Color Purple or Matilda aren‘t still important works. For me I do it on a case by case basis, like Junot Diaz‘s work isn‘t transcendent enough for me to overlook his scandals but Alexie‘s may be. It‘s up to each individual reader, ultimately. 7mo
merelybookish Of the various powerful men who had their sexist actions called out, this is the one that hurt me the most. I have loved his work for so long. 😔 7mo
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Cinfhen I agree with @KatieDid927 As terrible as the scandal was, this book and his other memoir are really too significant to ignore. And same @merelybookish finding out about Alexie‘s behavior was very disheartening 😢 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I thought this was a really good book too! Hated to find out about how scandals though 😞 7mo
JazzFeathers @merelybookish l loved him for a long time too. This is so sad and not only for the sexual assaults scandals. The Native friend who intriduced me to his work told me that his attitude toward the Native community and especially toward fellow Native writers is terrible too. Apparently he actively worked toward harming the carriers of young up and coming Native novelists. H really makes me question everything he wrote. 7mo
Kalalalatja It really is an impossible dilemma, and I don‘t know what is the right thing to do 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
JazzFeathers What he did really makes me question everything he wrote (sorry, the comment sent itself) 7mo
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biblioskye
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Current read and hopefully not my last read this month since this book is just 230 pages

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nu-bibliophile
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"I used to think the world was broken down by tribes, I said. By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn‘t true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not."

This book covers topics such as racism, alcoholism, depression, and bullying. All these are seen through the eyes of a 14 year old boy but he pushes himself to have the courage to aim high and find hope.

CouronneDhiver Ha! Seems like the jerk group is gaining population these days. 😂 9mo
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Bojo2006
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I loved this book! ❤️ It‘s a fast read that‘s both funny and poignant with characters that are easy to pull for. The author makes an important statement about life on an Indian reservation without seeming preachy or political. There‘s a reason why this book won so many awards. It‘s great!

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Krisjericho
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Damn you, Sherman Alexie. This book is brilliant, with the honesty and profanity and grief and humor that will resonate with teens and anyone who was once a teen. It does the important work of reminding people that Native Americans aren‘t just historical figures we read about in our white-washed American history classes, but real, actual human beings with problems and joys and tangible lives.

Krisjericho And then Alexie turns out to be an asshole who harassed women and is a jerk and now I hesitate to recommend it and I hate that. 9mo
merelybookish I know. 😔 😡 Why did he have to be a jerk? Of the public figures who have been called out for their misogynistic behaviour, this was the most disappointing. Because his work is so good and it speaks to kids. 9mo
britt_brooke I loved this book, too. It‘s a real shame he is the way he is. So disappointing. 9mo
hjreviews Whoa what?? How did I miss hearing about this? I‘m so disappointed. And after reading his memoir, I liked him but 😕 9mo
Cinfhen I know!!!! #conflicted!!!!!! 9mo
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⭐️4/5 not my favorite Sherman Alexie book, but great modern read about issues faced by Native Americans in America. Plus, it‘s filled with controversy which always makes a book more interesting to me.

NenaB It was a book club pick for me... I enjoyed it actually. 9mo
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Yes. So much yes!

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ElishaLovesBooks
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My feelings about this book are complicated. The longer I‘ve been away from it, the more I like it. The main character has a powerful voice-one that needs to be heard-but sometimes his tone was too flippant for me. I think that was part of the point but I had a hard time with it. Very powerful, sad, and important book about the present day experiences of Native Americans.

CarolynM I've had that experience with books too, it always feels strange😬 9mo
ElishaLovesBooks @CarolynM It is strange! 9mo
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Eggs
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Arnold Spirit's life on the "Rez" is sad. He wants to leave behind the alcoholism, violence and senseless tragedy of his community. His journey is amazing

Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved this book too! 11mo
AutumnRLS Such a great book. Should be taught in every high school. 11mo
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Eggs
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#newbeginnings #anewchapter @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 Just a few of the TBR; more upstairs 😜🤓

vkois88 Nice selection, this is a great photo ❤ 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re almost done with One Day In December ❤️ 11mo
Eggs @vkois88 Thanks ❣️ 11mo
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Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haven't started it yet😳 I am dismantling Christmas today😐 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs ohhhh !!! My daughter did that for me Friday without me even asking 😳😳 11mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How wonderful is your daughter ❣️❣️ 11mo
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What a fantastic book. Irreverent, uncomfortable at times, and honest, this book deals with the life of a teenage Native American boy dealing with the effects of the reservation, generational poverty and alcoholism, racism, and teenagehood. It‘s not a book I would give to a child without some guidance, but it is real, and eye-opening. Thankful to have read it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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“I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, #kiss it. That‘s right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that‘s kind of perverted or maybe it‘s just romantic and highly intelligent.” #QuotsyNov18

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Swizzlestick
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This book was assigned to me by my professor for a Children‘s Literature class. Written in a way, similar to “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, it‘s filled with cute illustrations and Alexis‘s dry humor helps tell the story of a poor, Indian kid.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Three novels by Native American authors that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! #IndigenousPeoplesDay

2BR02B I just got a copy of The Round House over the weekend! Excited to try my first Erdrich. There There was fantastic. 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Have read 2 (There There and Part Time Indian) of the 3! Loved them both! 13mo
JamieArc Have you read Linda Hogan, if not, please do! Power was the book of hers that I really liked. 13mo
Well-ReadNeck @JamieArc Thanks for the recommendation!! 🙌🏼 13mo
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abbreviatedAndy
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I loved this book. I love books that evoke deep emotions and emotional reactions. I love books that give me a perspective unfamiliar to me. I felt deeply, learned so much, and really did not want to let this book go. I returned it to my public library today and I want everyone to check it out!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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I love putting this book in students' hands 🤗

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“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It‘s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they‘re the four hugest words in the world when they‘re put together.

You can do it.”

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mrsmarch
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Interesting bookmark in this here library book. DMC 3752, very light antique blue.

Wife When I used to cross-stitch a lot, I would look at license plate numbers and know the corresponding DMC floss color. I know, I‘m weird like that. 🌹 1y
mrsmarch @Wife My mom knew it was a pale blue or pale green. She said she must have internalized where the breaks are. 😂 1y
Wife Isn‘t it funny what we remember?🌹 1y
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RavenLovelyReads
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Another book I picked up to add to my #TBR list. I really need to read faster, but I enjoy it so much that I always take my time.

MaGoose I, too, take my time when I read. 1y
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mrsmarch
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I‘m 16 pages in and I can SEE why this is banned.
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Mission Trail Peach Coast, homemade brown rice chicken veggie bowl.

WhatThePuck Oooooh. You had me at banned. 😂😂😂😂😂 1y
mrsmarch @WhatThePuck My friend @trueisa4letterword suggested it to fulfill the “banned book” requirement of the Modern Mrs Darcy challenge! 1y
WhatThePuck @mrsmarch my life will be at a normal tempo by mid August. I plan to do a LOT of challenges when my preteen is sleeping on normal people hours and the friends and family stop having get togethers. I read 4 hours in the 24in48 I tried this past weekend. Hahaha. 1y
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RavenLovelyReads What a coincidence- I just picked that book up today! 1y
trueisa4letterword You finished this! What did you think? 1y
mrsmarch @trueisa4letterword It was amazing! It really holds up over time...11 years anyway. It could have been written in 2018. 1y
trueisa4letterword Yay! I felt that way, too! 1y
mrsmarch @trueisa4letterword I can totally see why it has been banned or challenged, but I can also see why a teen should read it. Teachers are really deliberate about what they require their kids to read and I don‘t think I‘ve yet seen a book that was rightfully challenged. Parents need to get over themselves sometimes. 1y
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Sluglifebooks
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Amazing

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For #YAWednesday, I chose Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I haven‘t read yet, but I hope to one day soon!

TheFunkyBookworm This is one of those that has been on my tbr forever but I haven‘t gotten around to it yet! Need to move it up on the list! Thanks! 1y
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lesmel
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FINALLY finished the book. Good read. Not really what I was expecting; though I am not sure I can tell you exactly what I expected. #2018 #bookclub #bookworms

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Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed 1y
Hollie @Reviewsbylola I just finished The Absolutely True Diary, so it looks like The Light We Lost is up next, then! 1y
Cinfhen Yay 😃 #LibraryLove 1y
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#QuotsyMay18 #zero
#GetMovin #NoExcuses

I have zero excuses for not having read this book. It's been in my #TBR list for ages and I even have a copy of it I bought at the library bookstore for .50 cents. It's won awards, it's only 230 pages & it's from a diverse author. Yep, there are just no excuses for me not having read it.😬😆

Trashcanman 0/0=undefined. So you're OK 😊 1y
eanderson It happens! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I just started reading this book yesterday. 1y
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MarriedtoMrT He‘s been called out on some horrible behavior toward women so now I think I‘m not going to feel guilty about never reading his stuff. (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/07/three-women-go-public-with-sherman...) 1y
DebinHawaii @MarriedtoMrT Oh no! I completely missed this. I guess I have one very big excuse not to read it then! 😬😣 1y
Suet624 I will still read anything that Alexie writes. 1y
GeekGrl82 I was so moved by this book when I read it 4 years ago that learning about his behavior made me even angrier. I won't read any more of his books, but this one is just do damn good. 1y
Cinfhen It‘s another disappointment brought to light but it shouldn‘t diminish this particular book! Hate the author but don‘t hate the book....you can still read it, Deb. It‘s excellent 1y
Lola @Cinfhen I agree. This is a truly excellent book. All of this is so very complicated- I‘m still leaving this one my list, to be read someday, despite the current allegations (edited) 1y
Cinfhen That‘s another book that I 💯believe in despite the behavior of Diaz. It‘s a brilliant book @Lola 1y
fleeting Mine's also still brand new and sealed 😄 1y
ValerieAndBooks I would strongly recommend you read this in spite of all the news about Alexie. It gives the reader a lot to think about. 1y
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wanderlustywriter
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I loved this book. This was an area of American life I knew little about and it really opened my eyes. Plus the story was told in such a heart-wrenching, funny, real way. I loved the writing, the voice, the illustrations. We need more writers like this. Off to add more of his books to my TBR! 9/10⭐️

Johanna414 We have a new 9th grade English teacher who started midway through the year and she just finished this up with her students. They were amazed to be reading a book for class that they actually liked! 2y
Ta2dfreek I listened to the audio book narrated by the author and It was incredible. Listening to the characters come alive with his voice was another way of immersing myself in that story. Really great book. 2y
wanderlustywriter @Johanna414 I‘m a grown ass woman and I adored this book, I bet it would be even more powerful for teenagers 2y
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An incredible, poignant, heart-breaking, chuckle-inducing, autobiographical gem of a book. I can't believe it took me this long to read it! Junior's voice is so fresh and authentic, and he details both the pros and the difficulties of life on the Spokane Reservation. He decides to go to an all-white school off the reservation to get a better education, and struggles with straddling two worlds. 5⭐

MayJasper Sounds interesting 😊 2y
ScientistSam @MayJasper it's an amazing book! 2y
LiterRohde The majority of my kids (students) love this book. 2y
ScientistSam @LiterRohde This 10th anniversary edition had some additional material in the back and they noted how much it resonates with kids who are readers and kids who might not otherwise read. Makes sense to me! What age kids do you teach? 2y
LiterRohde @ScientistSam I teach freshman reading. So my kids are the reluctant readers. It‘s always a challenge to find something they like. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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@HighLadyoftheStacks I had to do a similar thing- my cards are from Raleigh (where I work) because Holly Springs is too small. Thanks for all the recommendations! My TBR is getting longer!

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NicoleCumbo
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The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a National Book Award Winning realistic fiction novel. This is about a boy who is just trying to get through his life as an Indian boy on the native reserves. This is a great coming of age novel for grades 4-6. This book would be perfect to use in literature circles to allow for collaboration.

NicoleCumbo A UDL strategy that would work well for this novel is strategy 8.3 (foster collaboration and community), and an EL strategy that would work well with this novel is strategy 2 (promote cooperation in small groups.) https://www.matchfishtank.org/curriculum/7th-grade-english/the-absolutely-true-d... provides 24 lessons to incorporate into your classroom. #ucflae3414sp18 2y
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sudi
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Whenever life gets tough and you don't have the luxury of going to a spa to relax or have a expensive bottle of wine. Books are my spa treatment (college student budget) and they always have been......and a nice warm cup of tea
#Quotsy #asylum Day 4
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TK-421 Book + Tea = Bliss 📚☕️❤️ 2y
Eggs I'm a book sniffer 🙋🏼 2y
sudi @TK-421 yes it is 😍 2y
sudi @Eggs so nice to have found another fellow book sniffer 🙌🙌. Most people look at me like i'm crazy when i do that 😄 2y
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