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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown and Company, 2007)

Author Sherman Alexie writes from his own personal experience when telling the story of teenage Junior who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and left to attend an all-white high school in a farm town. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award. It also contains art by Ellen Forney for the 65 comic illustrations that help to further the plot. However that didn’t stop the novel from ending up on banned book lists for objections to its strong language and racial slurs as well as topics of alcohol, poverty, bullying, violence and sexuality.

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