Today in YA History: September 12, 2007 – ‘Part-Time Indian’ published!

September 12, 2007: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie is published with Little, Brown.

Alexie’s first novel for young adults, Part-Time Indian won the National Book Award in 2007 for “Young People’s Literature” and was also listed as one of “SLJ’s Best Books of 2007.” In 2010, it won the California Young Reader Medal.


    “[Junior is] 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. [C]oupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character’s art, Part-Time Indian 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.”

This book is semi-autobiographical, as Alexie and Arnold share several traits, including that they both lived on the same Indian Reservation and left to attend Reardan High School, where they each knew they he would receive a better education.

Don’t miss out! Grab a copy at your local Independent bookstore!


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