The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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A National Book Award winner like Wolff, Alexie ranks as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation and a major force in the renaissance of Native American literature.  Like all of the writers in this series, he incarnates the reality that good young adult novels inevitably attract some groups who want to ban books.  Growing up bullied on a Spokane Indian reservation with a stutter and a listp, progatonist Arnold, or Junior, decides that to get a good education he must transfer to all-white Reardan high school in a neighboring town where the only other Indian is the school mascot.  To survive being accused as a traitor by his own people and being mocked by his new peers, Arnold resorts to humor and witn in a mythical struggle to rise above the life everyone expects him to live.  A cartoonist, Arnold also draws, and this magical novel thus combines both his diary and graphic images to chart his her journey.  Poet, film director, novelist, stand-up comedian, and brilliant satirist, Alexie, in the footsteps of Ralph Ellison, dramatizes the quest of a Native person to become visible to the world and to himself.  Can Arnold learn to forge an identity not just as an Indian, but as a person from many different tribes?