Crook County removes book
from schools after parent complains
Alexie told the Bend Bulletin that the book "is actually a celebration of the compassion a small town of white conservatives showed ... an Indian boy, they ended up loving." He added that his autobiographical book is "about following your dreams. ... It's the story of an Indian kid dreaming of a bigger life. It's very American," he said.
by Helen Jung
The Crook County School District has temporarily removed a book from classrooms after one parent complained to the school board that the National Book Award winner was "trashy" and "inappropriate."
Written by Sherman Alexie, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," which is based on Alexie's own experiences, follows a boy who leaves the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white school "where the only other Indian is the school mascot" according to the book jacket description.