Book Talk Thursday:

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Book: The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Ages: 13-16
Quote: “Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It’s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together. -You can do it.”

This book is ideal for a grade 8 book study. It deals with some difficult and emotional subject matter, and there is some swearing. For those who have read the ‘Outsiders’ I find the maturity levels are comparable. Issues discussed: alcohol, family troubles, abuse, loss.

The images used in this book work to illustrate the emotion of the main character and engage students with the text. Written in the voice of a boy named Junior, as he makes the controversial decision to attend a high school off reservation. As issues of alcohol abuse, family troubles, abuse, and loss are presented Junior maintains a positive outlook as he overcomes these challenges and reflects on what they mean for his community, his family, and himself. It presents the struggle of balancing one’s identity when it seems they are being pulled in opposite directions. There is also an overarching discussion of friendship, and belonging. It looks at the need for cultural understanding, and the idea that people should not be defined by their ethnicity, beliefs, or socioeconomic status.

Despite the heavy subject matter this book deals with it sill has a place in the classroom. With the proper supervision to facilitate critical discussion about this book, students benefit from a character who shows that the family, community, or economic status you were born into does not have to define your life.

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