Diary of a Part Time Indian

Nelson Perez

Story Elements

Arnold Spirit, nicknamed Junior is the narrator of this story and he is a fourteen year old boy who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation and has a crush on his friend, Penelope.,she has blonde hair and junior thinks shes really pretty.He enjoys basketball and drawing in his free time.Arnold is born with water in the brain.And he lives in poverty.He is living in really hard times and manages to have an exiting life.

Character anaylysis

Arnold is a small, weak ,intelligent 14 year old.He has a crush on his best friend Penelope.He constantly gets beaten up and got saved by his best friend rowdy.He has no self confidence.Arnold is a Hydrocephalic , he has water in the brain. Arnold is an artist. Arnold is a fighter he hasn't given up to this day. Arnold is a boy from many tribes.And this is what he looks like.

Theme Paragraph

Junior, the "part time Indian" didn't know what to do when he transferred to Reardan. He doesn't know how to communicate with the "white" people and is kind of scared of them. Soon though, he makes friends and decides that it's okay, white people aren't bad even if some are racist. The theme of this book, Diary of a Part Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, says that you should not dislike yourself because that's just going to make your life harder. Just accept yourself and that will improve your life and make you happier.


Teens can relate to this book by having self confidence and not giving up.Just be yourself And be you will be happy.Just don't get into trouble by being yourself.And you can always make new Friends.