This Is The Book For You! by Ellie

I read and will be talking about the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is by Sherman Alexie. Sherman Alexie tells his true story about how he grew up on an Indian reservation. Also he talks about the struggles he goes through as being an Indian. He talks about friendship problems, to drinking and eating disorders, and to him being the only Indian at an all-white school. Sherman Alexie makes the book really interesting and you won’t want to put the book down. The reason I really like this book is because it was really interesting to hear a true story about an Indian with all white people getting bullied. I thought it was really interesting to see how he handled it and what he did next.

In my opinion, I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5. I would rate this book so well because it was a really interesting story about such a big issue that should be talked about more but isn’t. When I first picked up this book, looking at the cover I thought it may be boarding. After reading this book I realized that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because it ended up to be one of my favorite books.

I really liked this book because I thought it was a good plot that a lot of people would not be brave enough to share about. I thought it was interesting that it was a true story about a boy that had such a hard childhood. It was cool to read about something that really happened and not a made up version. Some other things you may read may be trying to imitate a true story but a lot of people don’t share their true story. Some times when you read the wrong thing you don’t really get to understand the whole or even right story or really what happened in history.

Somethings I really liked about this book was how they used some of his cartoons/drawings. I liked this because it added more to the book. Also it was one of his passions to draw so it showed some of his passion. One of my favorite pages in the book was when it showed an image of Junior and split him in half showing the two sides of him…..

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I also liked how the author put in the part about Penelope. I don’t really think he needed too, but it added a lot to the story. I also think it shows how everyone isn’t perfect, just like how she has an eating disorder and his family has drinking issues.

It was cool too see how throughout the book how he grew throughout his issues. When Rowdy and Junior stopped talking for a while it was interesting to see how Junior reacted. Considering Junior has no other friends its really tough, and then he goes to school as the only Indian. I feel like it was hard enough for him to move schools, but when Rowdy and he quit talking, I know I wouldn’t know what to do and be very nervous.

I don’t think this should be a banned book. The book hardly had any bad content. There were maybe two parts that were a little inappropriate but, its nothing people don’t already know about. I think it is ridiculous to make this book banned, it’s a true story with true history of how Junior had a hard childhood as being a poor Indian at an ALL white school. People should be-able to see how other people struggle and are culturally bullied. If more people read this book, they may have more respect for Indians or any other cultures, everyone should be treated equal.

In conclusion, this was one of my favorite books. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially if you like books that you can’t put down and have a great plot and many good topics. This is why I would rate The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 4.5 out of 5 stars.


By: Ellie




Junior’s Stages of Grief -By Kaelyn

The Kübler-Ross model is a series of emotional stages experienced by those who are experiencing the death of a loved one. the five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The stages, are popularly known as the acronym DABDA.

  • Stage 1- Denial:

In this step the person believes the death is a mistake, and they cling to a false reality.

  • Stage 2 – Anger:

When the person recognizes that denial cant continue, they become frustrated. Some common psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase are: “Why me? It’s not fair!” or “How can this happen to me?”

  • Stage 3 – Bargaining:

This third stage is hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a changed lifestyle. A common example is a phrase along the lines of this; “Please god, I’ll be perfect person if you bring my mother back.”

  • Stage 4 – Depression:

This step is pretty self-explanatory. A common phrase is “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?” or possibly “I’m going to die soon, so what’s the point?” During this fourth stage, the person becomes saddened by the probability of death. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful.

  • Stage 5 – Acceptance:

Some common phrases are “It’s going to be okay.” Or “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.” In this last stage, the individual embraces mortality of themselves or that of a loved one.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, is a book about a Spokane Indian boy named Junior. Junior is a cartoonist, born with many medical problems. He attends a white school and is having issues fitting in. Throughout the book Junior has to deal with many instances of the death of loved ones. Through the book Junior has to deal with the death of his grandmother, his sister, and his dad’s best friend Eugene. The stages don’t occur all with one death, but rather each stage seems to build up with each death.

The first death shown in the book is the death of his grandmother. Junior had loved his grandmother because she wasn’t another drunk all the time Indian. She had tolerance and kept living life like Indians used to. Junior seems to skip the Denial phase, but this may be because of how many deaths he has witnessed before, and he has learned to accept it past the denial phase. But he does seem to get angry. He states that he would have gone and beat up the drunk driver who had killed his grandmother. With this death. He seemed to skip the bargaining phase with this stage aswell. He knows why and how, and he decides not to try and reason with the unreasonable. He was, of course depressed for a short time with this death. He mourned his grandmother, as all others would. He easily accepted her death, knowing she had moved happily on to the afterlife, and that she was at peace.

The second death Junior dealt with in the book was his dad’s best friend Eugene. In this death Junior seems to completely throw the Kübler-Ross model out the window. He goes from Sad and helpless to angry in a few sentences. He continued to be Angry, and joyless, but he slowly comes to acceptance.

The third death Junior has to witness in the book is his sister’s. He clearly shows denial with this statement from the book

I know she’s gone, she lives in Montana now’ I knew I was being an idiot, but I figured if I kept being an idiot, If I didn’t actually accept the truth, then the truth would become false

He then started arguing with the counselor and then ran away from her, he was obviously angry at this point. Junior’s bargaining in this death wasn’t for his sister, but for his dad, who he had feared died on the way to pick him up. He was happy to see his father, his depression was almost reversed. He laughed a lot and was just so happy his father was alive. Then he went to anger for a bit when he learned of how she died. Then back to his reverse depression and laughing. He then became angry again, blaming the death on himself. He said that because he left for a white school, that his sister decided to move to Montana, and that got her killed.

Despite the fact that Junior didn’t always experience every stage in order with every death, he did experience incredible resemblances to the model. At some point throughout these 3 deaths, Junior experienced denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. And Junior was strong through all of it.



The True Review from a Full Time American by Nic

The book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part -Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, was about a boy named Jr who lived on a Spokane Indian reservation, but one day he leaves to go to an all-white school. The book had so many intriguing drawings that made me want to keep on reading the book, mostly because I am also into art. In fact One of my favorite drawings in the book was on page 107 right after Penelope threw up her food and told Jr that “anorexics are anorexics all the time, I’m only bulimic when I’m throwing up.” Then after that a drawing of Jr’s dad is shown. It has him saying “I’m only alcoholic when I get drunk.” And Jr says WTF dad. The best part of the drawing was Jr’s dad’s expression to me. Also one quote from the book that I can relate to was on page 6 when Jr said “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.” The reason I relate to it is because without drawing in my life I would be extremely bored all the time.
Throughout the book I found its premise to be extremely intriguing. When I picked the book up my eyes were instantly glued to it, I never even wanted to put it down. I really liked how the book was ssupposed to be kind of serious but it also included a whole lot of comedy, and I also enjoyed the adult humor which was the funniest thing to me, for example when Jr and Gordy talking about books, or when Jr mentioned right angles. Inappropriate but funny. But the main part I didn’t really like was on page 64 when Rodger was telling Jr. a joke which was not funny at all, in fact it was extremely stupid, to be honest it made zero since.
I don’t know why some adults think that this book is to inappropriate for their children because either even if kids don’t know about half the stuff this book mentions, they will find out eventually what it means, so why try to cause so much controversy about it. Nobody in the world likes all of the same things, like books, movies, or defiantly video games but that doesn’t mean you need to go and complain about it like a little baby. But in the end I found this to be one of the best, and fumiest books in history and i recommend you to read it.

The Inside Truth about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Nina

Sherman Alexie is an American Indian author of The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian. This book is about a teenage American Indian boy who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation and goes to an all-white school. It touches on subjects such as loss, identity, hopes, and dreams.  The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie widened my perspective. There is a mix of light heartedness and humor with the darkness and loss. It also broadened my knowledge on American Indians. Additionally, I enjoyed Sherman Alexie’s writing style combined with Ellen Forney’s illustrations.

I never really read books with humor. So this was a change for me, but I enjoyed it. Sherman Alexie adds humor to this story even in the darkest of times. For example, at Junior’s grandmother’s wake he writes,

“And so, laughing and crying, we said good-bye to my grandmother. ”

“And all of us laughed as we walked and drove and rode our way back to our lonely, lonely houses.”

When things were tough for Junior, Sherman Alexie added bits of humor to lighten it up for the reader. Aside from the humor, there was a lot of darkness and loss in this book. It was a lot of loss for a kid to go through, which was unique factor to add to the book, but unfortunately its reality.

Before reading this book, I had little to no knowledge of American Indians. After reading it, I now know a lot more about them and I am interested in learning even more about them and how lives were for American Indians living on reservations. I liked learning about Junior’s life and his story. It was very interesting in learning about how a kid my age would live on a reservation. Junior had a lot of hardships throughout the book and they made me not want to put it down. I kept wanting to know how Junior would push through the tragedies that happened in his life.

One unique characteristic of the novel is the interplay of text and cartoon. Alexie’s writing style and the inclusion of drawings in this book enhance the readers’ experience. The writing was very lighthearted most of the time which also kept the mood very light even when it was about tragic things. Alexie could also write with a darker tone when necessary.  Forney’s illustrations helped the reader understand what tragedies Junior was going through. The pictures feel as if Junior himself is drawing them and expressing his feelings. Most of the time, I read books by authors who write about dystopian worlds and intriguing plots, so this was a bit of a stretch for me, but I ended up enjoying Sherman Alexie’s novel. If he ever wrote again for young adults and kids, then I would definitely check it out.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It has something for everyone. From its humor to the struggle of dealing with hardships. In my opinion, every eighth grade student should read this book. This book deals a lot with the matter of friendship and how the choices you make influence the friendships you have. It is a very good book to read at this age because the story is told in point of view of someone young. Pick up a copy of Sherman Alexie’s The True Diary of a Part Time Indian today.


The Lives of American Indians by Kendi

How has living on Indian reservations in America affected American Indians all over the country?

Sherman Alexie wrote “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” about a teenage Spokane Indian boy named Junior who lived on an Indian reservation with his family. Junior had a hard time growing up, but he made a decision that would soon change his whole life. Was it for the better or for the worse? In Sherman Alexie’s novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, he wrote about how most of the Indians on the reservation were alcoholics and all the deaths caused by alcoholism. These tragic bi-products of alcoholism made Junior furious because he was tired of all the deaths due to other people’s insecurities. Even Junior’s grandma dies because of another person’s alcoholism problems.

The events and livings in the novel are very realistic. According to Native American Aid: Living Conditions, there was a part that read, “Living conditions on reservations have been cited as, ‘comparable to a Third World’. The health rates are also very low on the reservations. Many American Indians who live on reservations die from, diabetes, heart disease, tuberculosis, cancer, and suicide. What caused these epidemics to rise on Native American Reservations was the fact that the Natives were forced to change their traditional way of life toward a Western lifestyle.

Today, there are around 300 federal reservations in the United States. There is an estimate of around 600,000 urban Indians who live in Los Angeles- Long Beach area of California. Throughout Sherman Alexie’s novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, Junior would mention how poor his family was, how the whole reservation lived in poverty, and how he wanted to find hope in his life instead of being stuck on the reservation for the rest of his life like the rest of the Indians who lived there. That’s why he made the decision to leave the reservation to find hope and decided to go to Rearden High School.Now there about 70% of the Native American Indians live on the reservations anymore. There has been a fear of the loss of culture and language because Indians who are living on the reservations aren’t becoming more exposed to the world.

Also from American Indians Today, nowadays, you can find more American Indians in South West part of the United States, Oklahoma, New York, Arizona, Washington, Colorado, Wisconsin, Oregon, New Mexico and Alaska. There has been a lot of change in the life of American Indians.

The Stereotypes and Racism Behind Disney Movies by Chyna

From your favorite Disney classics, such as Peter Pan and Pocahontas, to the newer more modern movies such as the Lone Ranger, Disney has always found a way to incorporate Native Americans in their movies. Now is the way that Disney portrays Native Americans, negative or positive?

In the 1953 classic, Peter Pan, did you ever notice, anything unusually strange? Probably not, considering the fact that you were most likely an innocent child at the time you watched thins movie. Anyway, the point of that question, was did you ever notice, “The Red Man”, and his tribe, or the song, “What Made the Red Man Red”?

In history, The Red Man was known as the chief of an Indian tribe, and often called Red because of his skin complexion. Nowadays, Native Americans take the term offensively.

The Red Man, and his tribe in the movie Peter Pan were described as exotic, savage, and crazy, just to name a few terms. They ran around in circles, made loud chants, talked in different languages (sign language), and were covered in extreme amounts of face paint, and feathers.

In this time period, the tribe and the Chief, were never taken as disrespectful, racist or controversial. In fact most people took it as a joke, yet what race deserves to be treated as a joke? Since then, times have changed, and numerous amounts of Native Americans, take The Red Man scene as degrading.  The Times of London wrote:

“…the Never-Never-Land is peopled by Red Indians and Pirates, who lose no time in showing us that they know how to ‘behave as sich.’ [sic] The Red Indians always lay their ear to the ground, then give vent to unearthly yells, and prepare for scalping somebody—a Pirate, for choice.”

During a part of the scene, the tribe broke out into song, after smoking peace pipes, and they started singing “What Made the Red Man Red?” in the song they basically describe what made the red man red.

The tribe of Indians in Peter Pan lives up to about every stereotype, of Indians.


Indian Tribe from Peter Pan

The story of Pocahontas is controversial because its total accuracy is unclear to historians, and the amount of stereotypes it contains. According to Chief Roy Crazy Horse, Pocahontas is known because she became the “good Indian” for Euro-Americans, the one who saved the life of a White man. This shows that a prominent theme in the movie is that of the good/bad Indian. With this stereotypical portrayal, children learn that “Indians” are bad people but some are exception to that rule, like Pocahontas.

The movie also depicts American Indians as aggressive while raising the image of the English settlers whom ultimately killed many Native Americans and deposed them of their land.

Another major stereotype that is brought up in the movie is, that Native Americans are “savages”. In the song Savages, the white settlers, say that Native Americans cannot be trusted, and that they are basically evil people.

Overall, some of Disney’s movies are considered extremely controversial, racist, and stereotypical. Not only to Native Americans, but other races of color.