Saturday, November 2, 2013

If you liked The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian then try Flight by Sherman Alexie

Readers who have already read True Diary and are anxiously awaiting the promised sequel, might want to try Alexie’s adult novel, Flight.  This realistic/ fantasy hybrid deals with a troubled teenager in foster care who, in the midst of a planned shooting, is suddenly whisked out of time and into the bodies of several people, among them an FBI agent from the 1970s, a young Indian boy in the 1800s, and even his own absentee father. 
In addition to being an award-winning young adult novelist, Sherman Alexie is a filmmaker, stand-up comedian and a writer of poetry, short stories and novels.  Visit his website here to read his blog, find out about his movies and snicker over his FAQ’s under “publicity”.

What I liked about this book: There are actually several things I liked about this book.  One is that Alexie writes from his own experience as a Native American growing up on a reservation and learning to live in two cultures.  I also like that through his writing, people can come to know what it is like for Native kids to live in modern America where they have to balance two cultures while battling the many stereotypes people have for them.