Artist: Leah Hoelscher
Banned/Challenged Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Reason for Banning: Book contains content issues about alcohol, bullying, profanity and sexual issues.
Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: The book tells the story of Junior, a high school freshman who lives on a Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to get a good education, he transfers to a high school off the reservation, where he’s the only Native American – except the mascot. My illustration shows the tension between stereotypes and real people that make this book engaging and funny.