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    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Sherman Alexie, 2007. Illustrated by Ellen Forney.
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    For Arnold Spirit (called Junior),Spirit, also called Junior, in Sherman Alexie’s semiautobiographicalsemi-autobiographical book The
    As a result of these misfortunes Junior is the recipient of severe bullying. Fortunately, he gets to come home to the undying love of his parents and grandmother (though his mother and father both drink). After being convinced, by a guidance counselor from the reservation’s school, to go to the rich white school in Reardan (where his is also an outcast) Junior begins to figure out how to discover just how destitute the Native Americans on his reservation are and tries to figure out the reasons behind their situation (connects his isolation with the isolation of the Native Americans). He also begins to realize just how much is out there to learn. "The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don't know....Okay, so it's like each of these books is a mystery. Every book is a mystery. And if you read all the books ever written, it's like you've read one giant mystery. And no matter how much you learn, you just keep on learning there is so much more you need to learn." While on the reservation it seemed that people were much more interested in getting drunk than with knowledge. Instead Junior wants to be drunk on knowledge by reading every book he can until they become one big mystery.
    To get away from his feeling of utter unimportance Junior draws cartoons (Alexie puts slides these into the book adding to its humor). Not only does it make him feel important, but with them he is able to imagine what his family would have been like if they had not been bound by the reservation. This allows Junior to express himself in a way that is enjoyable for him. The cartoons also help to show his determination to get out of poverty in the face of all the obstacles that have been set before him. Alexie's comical and accessible writing coupled with the very disheartening situations Junior is in (as well as the entire Reservation; poverty, alcoholism etc...) almost puts this book in the young adult dramedy category making this book a quick and enjoyable read that would be useful in any classroom.
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    About the Author
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    Alexie's original career path was aimed at being a doctor, but with the help of a persuasive professor Alexie altered that path mid flight and began working towards being a writer and the rest is history.
    Alexie's work includes:
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Wednesday, April 1

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    Speak is an excellent book for teachers to use as a tool to understanding their students. This book can be used as an excellent platform for opinion papers and reflection journals, and can help students understand the deeper sociological issues which exist in society today. The topics covered in this novel are very important, and even if other more traditional texts are covered in your high school's curriculum, Speak is a good choice for an independent reading list. Speak, is also a book that explores the idea of artistic expression to understand emotions. Students could be assigned their own to artistic theme, like Melinda's tree, and be asked to develop reflective writing pieces, or art projects to assist in discovering their topic. This is also a book that many teenagers can relate to, and could be used to help establish a better understanding of themselves, the importance speech, and standing up for what you believe.
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    {http://kasl.typepad.com/.a/6a00e5521774378833011168478b8c970c-320wi} Speak was Laurie's first famous book, and the one that earned her the attention of an agent. She wrote seven other books before this happened, including Ndito Runs, Turkey Pox, and No Time for Mother's Day. She was born October 23rd 1961 in Potsdam, in northern New York State. Laurie attended Onondaga Community College and worked at a dairy farm milking cows, and then transferred to Georgetown in 1981, graduating with a B.S.L.L. in Language and Linguistics in 1984. In 1985 she had a daughter, Stephanie, and in 1987 Meredith, her second daughter, was born. Laurie divorced and remarried, and her family has grown. She spent a lot of time traveling to schools and libraries (about 500,00 of them) after Speak became famous. Speak, first published in 1999, earned many awards, including being a National Book Award finalist, a Printz Honor Book, and making the New York Times bestseller list. Laurie also has two new books coming out, both dealing with history. The first is non-fiction, entitled Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution. It tells of 80 women and girls who helped the Patriots during the American Revolution, including a timeline. The second is called Chains, and it is a fictional story about a slave girl in New York in 1776, and covers the British Invasion of the city and all the complications of war. Laurie has also continued with Young Adult Literature and published a book called Prom and also one called Twisted, from the perspective of boys this time. Twisted was on the NY Times bestseller list, as well as being an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
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    In Stick Figure, her novel about her experiences with anorexia, Lori includes the true story of her struggle with an eating disorder. In an effort to help the reader relate to her story she uses excerpts pulled from her actual diary, written when she was eleven, and published the novel nearly twenty years after she wrote it.
    Lori grew up in Beverly Hills with both her parents and her older brother, where she lived quite a lonely life. Other girls in her grade were talking about makeup and shopping, and although she was more interested in chess and her schoolwork she began to be concerned about looking attractive to boys, saying things like "...I really wanted to look sexy for Samantha's party...", and soon her concern turned into an obsession with dieting, even though Lori never had a problem with being overweight. In Stick Figure Lori reveals that her mother is very controlling, whose major concerns included her own appearance and where to shop next. Her father, on the other hand, was a stockbroker and a man unskilled with showing emotions and talking about difficult topics. Although her parents were largely unconcerned with Lori, they did notice when she began to refuse to eat. Lori, who didn't see a problem with her dieting because it was similar to her mother's attitude about food, was hospitalized for eight months at the request of her parents and their family doctor because her body started to deteriorate. Although today Gottlieb is not suffering from any kind of eating disorder, her early diaries in Stick Figure reveal just how much she and her friends were vulnerable and self conscious about their looks, to the point where they would put their lives in jeopardy just to be a few pounds lighter. Gottlieb notes that today in The United States alone, about 50% of fourth grade girls diet because they think that they are too fat. This recent statistic and her diary in Stick Figure gives evidence to the fact that we have made very little progress in teaching the acceptance of one's own body, no matter what shape or size.
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    Stick Figure is effective because it comes straight from the mind of an adolescent, and the time gap makes it even more so, as nothing has changed. Young adults still talk back, still question their parents and scrutinize their every move, and worry about their looks and how they fit in with their classmates. It shows these effects on the minds and how it can deteriorate a person mentally, and thus physically. It shows the dangers of the projected, expected image that the average person is "supposed" to conform to, and the recovery from this attitude and how a normal, self-confident life can be lived after such damaging self-examination. Another concern of adolescent life is control; in a time when the boundaries are being pushed, deciding what does and does not enter your mouth is a seductive form of control that can be exerted over parents, and no matter how bad the home life is, that at least is a known factor. It is a good example for girls in this age group of how simple issues can become very complicated and spin wildly out of control, but also how one can recover. Reading about it from the teen's viewpoint makes Stick Figure very real for the girls who would read it, and thus more believable.
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Saturday, December 13

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