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  • Published: 2 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781783442010
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.00

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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The heartbreakingly funny semi-autobiographical story of an American Indian boy who manages to leave the reservation despite overwhelming odds. Over 1.5 million copies sold.

An all-new edition of the tragicomic smash hit which stormed the New York Times bestseller charts, now featuring an introduction from Markus Zusak.

In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. It chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy.

'Excellent in every way' Neil Gaiman

Illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.

  • Pub date: 2 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781783442010
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.00

About the Author

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is the author of Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, and The Toughest Indian in the World. His books have earned him a citation from the PEN Hemingway Award for Best First Book of Fiction, the Before Columbus Foundation's America Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize.

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Praise for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

“A gem of a book . . . may be Sherman Alexie's best work yet”

New York Times

“It's humane, authentic and, most of all, it speaks”


“Funny, frank and engaging”

Evening Standard

“A remarkable tale that is sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages to come”

USA Today

“Emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic and devastatingly funny”

San Francisco Bay Guardian

“A coming-of-age story so well observed that its very rootedness in one specific culture is also what lends its universality”

starred review, Publishers Weekly

“Worth re-reading purely for the quality of the prose. Poignant and often heart-breaking, but ultimately very much uplifting.”


“Deftly mingles raw feeling with funny, sardonic insight”

starred review, Kirkus

“Totally deserves to be on any 13+ reading list.”

An Absolute Must Read for teens, Lovereading

“As painful, pungent and provocative as it was first time around.”

Irish Times, Robert Dunbar

“Unusual and uplifting story of ambition, loyalty and acceptance.”

Armadillo Magazine

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