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Leah Hoelscher

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian

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.

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