The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie, the author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, in the state of Washington. Sherman Alexie In the novel we meet Arnold Spirit Jr., a fourteen-year-old Indian. The character is partly based on Alexie’s own experiences. Arnold or Junior as he is often called, is the reservation outcast – an outsider – and he is routinely bullied and beaten up. His parents are alcoholics and the family poor. At times, poverty is just terrible and thus Arnold sometimes wishes that he could draw "a fist full of twenty dollar bills, and perform some magic trick and make them real". Arnold, like Sherman Alexie, makes a choice to leave the reservation and attend the white school 22 miles away in Reardan. Check these words before you read/listen to chapter 1: Vocabulary Hide Chapter 1: The Black Eye of the Month Club The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (chapter 1) The Black Eye of the Month Club
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