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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Alana campbell

on 16 December 2013

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Transcript of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Author's Purpose

The author's purpose of writing this book was to tell his story and influence those people who do feel different that there is hope and that they can get through tough times. The author used his childhood to influence the story, but added minor details to tell it. This book isn't full of only true facts, half of it is fiction. I don't know exactly what facts are true or not, but this story does have meaning. It follows a very strong boy overcoming his fears and discovering himself in a new way.
My Response
This was a great book. I rate it an 8.5 out of 10 because I love the story it tells and love how the author chose to write the book. He uses unusual detail and describes all the characters so well. The only thing I didn't like was not knowing what was true and untrue. Otherwise, it is a great book.
Writing Style
The writing style of this book is really real to me. The author doesn't hold back on using irregular words or limit his conversations between characters in the book. He is straight up and uses the detail to make everything seem that much realer. This book is written in first person point of view because the main character is telling the story.
One theme I see in this book is bravery. Junior notices how crappy the people are on his reservation and knows he doesn't want to be like them. He steps up to the plate and takes the risks of going to an all white school nearby. Nobody else on that reservation would have done what he did.
Setting: This book takes place in Spokane on the Spokane Indian reservation. This reserve is full of a lot of drunk, grumpy, and poor Indians. There few stores on this reserve and most indians stay in it because indians from the reserve and whites from outside DID NOT get along. Another one of the big settings is the Reardan School. This was the school Junior transferred to and it was an all white school. Reardan was really hard for Junior to begin with but surprisingly he made a few friends and learned white people weren't as bad as he thought.

Junior- Main character, has brain damage so his hands and feet and head are oversized, he has ten extra teeth, and his brain is a little slow. Everyone on the reserve picks on him.

Conflict: The conflict of this book is about a boy trying to overcome himself, and every other Indian he knows. He did not want to be an old drunk man when he got older. Junior wanted to take action and do something about the crappy path he was heading towards.
Rowdy- his best friend from the reserve. Rowdy's dad is a severe drunk and beats him a lot so he is one of those kids that has an attitude. He sometimes can be horrible to Junior but he always will tell him the truth and protect him from people picking on him.
Mom and Dad- Juniors mom doesn't really acknowledge him and his dad is a drunk who spends Christmas money on booze every single Christmas.
Gordy- One of the first white people to acknowledge Junior in a kind way. Gordy is a funny guy and hes super smart as well. Some of the things hes says are off the wall but hes a really good person.
Coach- He was Junior's coach at Reardan. He pushed Junior to do better and supported him the whole way.
By Sherman Alexie
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