Sherman Alexie's outstanding YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, was nominated for a National Book Award in the category, Young People's Literature. The finalist list was released on Wednesday.
In that category, Louise Erdrich's Birchbark House was nominated in 1999.
I think the winner will be announced mid November...
Visit Alexie's website for reviews and info, and a link to an mp3 audio excerpt of the book. Yes, he is the reader of the audio book.
The photo I uploaded is from the press page of his website. Curious... the photo on the publisher's website is a reverse image of the same photo!
Update, Sunday, October 14th:
- Beverly Slapin's review of the book was posted here on Wed, April 15, 2007. Click here to read her review.
- I posted links to newspaper articles on September 16, 2007. Click here to go to the list.
- Roger Sutton, editor at Horn Book, reviewed the book in September. Read his review here.
With November approaching---the month that features and confines us (American Indians) as people of the past---Alexie's book will counter that misperception. Get your copies from Oyate.