Studies show that people only have seven seconds to make a first impression.
I think it takes maybe two seconds for a book to make a first impression. The first things a reader notices about a book are its cover and title. Those two pieces can hold a TON of information and function to draw readers.
That’s why titles have to be memorable!
For that reason, I chose Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
I LOVED this book! I hope I get a chance to teach it in my classroom. It’s wonderfully written with a balance of humor and heart and honesty.
Some teachable topics for this book:
-Identity, especially for minorities
-Discrimination and prejudice
I think it also appeals to those reluctant readers because the novel is accessible and relatable. It brings home a serious, thought-provoking message without sounding preachy. There are also PICTURES! Like this one!
I hate the assumption that pictures in books are meant for children. There is an ever-growing audience for graphic novels that are renowned for their literary content. The pictures in this book add to the story and make it more diary-like.
Finally, this book with an amazing title has recently been banned in New York which, as many readers can attest, makes a book even more interesting!
- Let’s hear it for banned books (littlearrow.wordpress.com)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (wrlreadthis.wordpress.com)
- living in two cultures (keepthings.wordpress.com)
- “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie (prologuebookreviews.wordpress.com)