Thursday, October 11, 2007
Where my Bloggers At?
Are you folks hiding in the stacks? :) Well, to update you on my reading life, I finished The Absolutely True Diary f a Part-Time Indian, and I have to tell you, it was one of the top three books I read all year-- and that's saying something. Now, it has a well-earned YA sticker on it, and it is not for youngsters (8th graders only please!) due to language and mature content. But once you are of age, give it a try; I think you'll really like it!
Sherman Alexie has written a semi-autobiographical tale of an 8th-grader-going-into-high-school who lives on "the rez"-- an Spokane Indian reservation. Arnold Spirit Jr. (Junior) is a smart, honest, funny, artistic and sad narrator. His life isn't easy, but he deals with it using humor, grace and his cartoon drawing. He decides to leave the reservation high school and attend the all-white school in a small town sort of nearby. Junior is then known as "an apple" by the rez folks-- red on the outside, white on the inside. He describes for us the ups and downs of his life, which include fistfights, being ignored, surprise semi-girlfriends, mad basketball skills, the loss of loved ones, the tragedy of alcoholism, and the undeniable power of believing in oneself. Junior is a true hero who will make you laugh and cry, often in the same moment.
Wow, I should have written that for the back of the book, hunh?!