Mon nom est Tonnerre is the French language edition of the Sherman Alexie Picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Told as a first-person narrative a young Indigenous boy has an issue with his name, Thunder Boy Smith Jr. The problem is the boy's father is known as Thunder Boy Smith Sr. so people on the rez call the father Big Thunder and son becomes known as Little Thunder. The boy thinks this sounds to his ears like a burp or fart. Using broad humour the author captures the boy's thoughts about this nickname.
Thunder Boy Jr. is Sherman Alexie's first picture book for young children. The award-winning Spokane author tells a humourous story about a young Native American boy who wants a different name. Told as a first-person narrative a young Indigenous boy has an issue with his name, Thunder Boy Smith Jr. The problem is the boy's father is known as Thunder Boy Smith Sr. so people on the rez call the father Big Thunder and son becomes known as Little Thunder. The boy thinks this sounds to his ears like a burp or fart. Using broad humour the author captures the boy's thoughts about this nickname.
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories is a collection of thirty-one new and selected short stories by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie. A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.
War Dances is Sherman Alexie's new collection of short stories, poetry, and question and answer sequences that cover personal victories and challenges. With his satirical wit and humour Alexie's collection is moving and heart-felt. The title story, War Dances, recounts his interaction with his dying father. Other themes include acculturation, cross-cultural issues, family relationships, deafness, and disability. Winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by award-winning novelist Sherman Alexie offers male readers a humourous and accessible look at what the world can be like for a grade 9, geeky Native boy attending a wealthy high school off the reservation. Spokane youth, Junior (Arnold Spirit), shares the same Nation as his creator in addition to being born hydrocephalic. Junior comes from a dysfunctional family and a community that lives up to the stereotypical image of the drunken Indian.
Indian Killer is a mystery novel written by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie. As the title indicates there is a serial killer on the loose on the streets of Seattle. And there are vigilantes out to pick off the skid-row Native Americans who live on the streets. The reader is never sure if the main character, John Smith, is in fact the serial killer. Smith was a Native American infant adopted at birth by a loving Anglo American couple. As an adult Smith finds he is lost and unwelcome in both Native American and Anglo communities.
Reservation Blues is the first novel by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene writer Sherman Alexie. By blending humourous irony with detailed characterizations Alexie weaves a fascinating narrative about the return of the legendary Blues musician Robert Johnson to the Spokane rez. Haunted by his pact with the devil, Johnson catches a lift from a van driver on the rez and mysteriously leaves behind his guitar. This guitar becomes the catalyst for a group of friends to start their careers as a blues band.
The Toughest Indian in the World: Stories is a collection of nine short stories by the award-winning Coeur d'Alene writer Sherman Alexie. The stories include: Assimilation, The Toughest Indian in the World, Class, South By Southwest, The Sin Eaters, Indian Country, Saint Junior, Dear John Wayne, and One Good Man. Alexie writes with his usual talent for creating memorable contemporary Native American characters whose lives provide challenges and successes despite the racism and hostility of modern America. Many of the stories involve middle-class Native Americans who live in urban areas.
Flight: A Novel by acclaimed Spokane writer Sherman Alexie is a fantasy novel that deals with the issue of adoption and the foster system for Native American children. The plot follows the life of a troubled teen as he is transported back and forth in time in a search for his true identity. The magical realism plays out as a 15-year-old youth named Zits, recently released from juvenile detention, suddenly shifts into a bank robber holding a gun. The character again changes or shapeshifts into an FBI agent shooting at Indian activists in the 1970's.
Ten Little Indians: Stories is a collection of nine short stories by the acclaimed Spokane writer Sherman Alexie. Even as they often make readers laugh, Sherman Alexie's stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience. The stories include: The search engine; Lawyer's league; Can I get a witness?; Do not go gentle; Flight patterns; The life and times of Estelle Walks Above; Do you know where I am?; What you pawn I will redeem; and What ever happened to Frank Snake Church?