The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexi is a National Book Award winner. It tells the story of a teenager who grows up on the Spokane Indian Reservation but leaves to attend an all-white high school in a farm town. The book has strong language, including racial slurs.
It has been challenged for the following reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence and depictions of bullying.
Banned Books Week Question #1
What does Rowdy do to the Andruss brothers for bullying Junior at the powwow?
A. He painted their horses pink.
B. He shaved off their eyebrows and cut off their braids while they slept.
C. He spit in their beers when they weren’t looking.