The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Page Count: 288 pages
Age Range: Ages 12 and Up
Arnold Spirit Jr. lives on the tiny, poverty stricken Spokane Indian reservation of
Wellpinit, WA, and is the geekiest 14-year-old on the rez. Barely into his freshman
year of high school, he transfers into the all-white Reardan High, where, aside from
the mascot, he’s the only Indian in the entire school. As Arnold struggles to find an
identity that fits into both his life on the rez and his new school, he deals with issues
like poverty, alcoholism, basketball, love, and death.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a great read for anyone who has
ever felt alienated, or confused, or happy, or angry, or sad. Alexie has written an
accessible, humorous, and deeply thought provoking novel that will resonate with
readers of any age.