The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is by Sherman Alexie. A magnificent book and definitely on the list of the 1001 books you must read before you die. Written in the form of a diary, Alexie examines the life of Junior a budding cartoonist living on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior was born with numerous medical problems which assures he is picked on by everyone. Determined to receive a good education he leaves the reservation to go to a public school in a local town. Now he is hated by both the whites and the Indians. A brutally honest look at the lives of modern Native Americans. This book has mature thematic content and profanity, but none of this is gratuitous it is essential to the story. If you only read one book this year, make it this one!
Ratings: 10th grade - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content) - V (violence) - S (non-graphic sexual references).