Diary Of Part Time Indian

Frank Amato


This book is about a kid named Arnold Spirit Jr. He was born on a Spokane Indian Reservation. He is a cartoonist. And had been born with Too much cerebral spinal fluid on his brain.

"I was actually born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull." page 1. Not only that but a variety of other medical problems, being born with forty two teeth, lopsided eyes, seizures, and susceptible to seizure activity. Everybody else on the reservation but his best friend and his family make fun of him. Sick of the bad education and his financial state, Arnold decides to transfer over to another school. This school being one full of white-skinned people. Most people instead of bulling him they mostly ignore him. But some of the students are bullies. He eventually becomes friends with one of them and gets a girlfriend. Along with some nerd who apparently gets boners when he looks at books. Eventually everybody grows to love him. And when his father's best friend, his sister, and grandmother all die, everybody else on the reservation stops bulling him. The story ends with Arnold and his original best friend playing basketball of all things on a basketball court.

Description Of Main Character

My character is funny, his habits are drawing comics.

"I draw all the time." page 5. He is not physically fit, being born with medical issues and because of those he is susceptible to seizure activity. And he has a mother, father, sister named Mary, best friends Rowdy, Roger, and Gordy. And girlfriend Penelope.


The type of conflict Arnold encountered was character vs society. Because he was Indian and because he was weak physically he was made fun of a lot. People on the reservation had beat him up almost daily. People at Reardon had called him names like "Chief" or "Tonto".

"Did you know Indians are living proof that n*ggers f*ck buffalo?" page 64. Arnold eventually solves this problem by becoming friends with Roger, and being Penelope's boyfriend, and being a really good shooter on the high school basketball team. And by the end of the book he has fit in and society excepts him for who he is.


The theme would probably have to be do what you want to do and do what you believe in. The message that readers can take away from is don't let anybody push you around. "We were supposed to be happy with our limitations. But there was no way Penelope and I where going to sit still. Nope, we both wanted to fly." page 112.

Textual Evidence

"You're the nomadic one." page 299. I think that this is a meaningful quote to the book because it expresses the theme which is follow your dreams and do what you want to do no matter what anybody else wants you to do.

Book Review

I rate my book 5 stars. I felt it deserved that rating because the book was funny. I also felt it deserved this rating because I really liked the story. I also thought it deserved the rating because I liked the cartoons, it made it easier to find pages when I needed to do quotes for school assignments.