Tuesday's card is "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie, banned in a variety of schools since its publication in 2007 for being racist, containing vulgar language and sexually-themed jokes, and referencing masturbation. ARTIST: Leah Hoelscher. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: This 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 is 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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