Sherman Alexie On Why The Best Children's Books Are Written In Blood

06/10/2011 09:33 am ET | Updated Aug 10, 2011
  • Sherman Alexie WSJ

Recently, I was the surprise commencement speaker at the promotion ceremony for a Seattle alternative high school. I spoke to sixty students, who'd come from sixteen different districts, and had survived depression, attempted suicide, gang warfare, sexual and physical abuse, absentee parents, poverty, racism, and learning disabilities in order to graduate.

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