The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Sherman Alexie
Why this book?
I shed tears about 16 times reading this book, half from laughing and half from crying. This book is about a Native American teenager, Arnold, who decides to move from his reservation school to the public school in his rural Washington town. His self-deprecating humor, which includes cartoons he draws, is laugh-out-loud funny. The reflections he shares about his family and his new classmates are absurd, as Arnold is the classic “I use humor to cope” kind of human. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is full of hope, but the struggles he faces along the way are heart-breaking.
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