Sherman Alexie writes

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"


The narrator is hydrocephalic, meaning he was born with water on his brain. He is also a budding author and hopes to use his words to connect with others. The narrator tells us a story about a poor Indian boy name Arnold but usually called Junior. The author is using little drawings of Juniors to show how created and how different a kid can be.

Junior lives a life of struggles but seems to make the best of everything. He is a creative kid that was born with "hydrocephalic". He isn't slow or retarded if that's what your wondering, it just means his brain is sensitive and can be damage easy. He has very intelligent parents that can be what they want to be but they feel like all Indians are suppose just work seven days a week and make minimum wage. Junior has a best friend name Rowdy that has a "drunk" father that abuses him a lot. Times Rowdy would arrive to school with stitches and two black eyes. The abuse he gets from his dad affect the person he is. Rowdy takes his anger out on other kids but Junior. Junior doesn't see life as joyful he see's life as someone that doesn't but soon his life will become very interesting.

-By: Tevin Kuon

About the Author

Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He has published 24 books including What I've Stolen, What I've Earned, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press; Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, from Grove Press; and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a novel from Little, Brown Books for Children.He has also recently published the 20th Anniversary edition of his classic book of stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian