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I've never known exactly what to say when someone asks for a "good creative writing text" because the term is so broad. But here is an excellent text that offers a host of creative writing opportunities. The instructional style is clear and congenial. The models are sharp and to the point. The…

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A universal coming-of-age story, this memoir tells of Santiago's childhood in Puerto Rico and subsequent move to America. Her process of acclimating to a new culture and language is an experience your students will find both compelling and resonant. When I Was Puerto Rican is a great addition to…

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…a comprehensive collection of classic and recent Latino writing in English, converging in sometimes shocking, often funny, and always stirring memoirs and stories. Religion, sex, love, language, and family are some of the topics explored in this compelling anthology of fiction and nonfiction. With…

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Inspire your students to live their lives to the fullest with this memoir, an expansion of professor Randy Pausch's final lecture to his students after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Since videos of the actual lecture are freely available online, The Last Lecture is ideal for working with…

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The human spirit is unbreakable, and Dave Pelzer is living proof. In this unforgettable memoir, Pelzer chronicles the horrible abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of his mother, and in vivid detail, he shares how he overcame the isolation and torture inflicted upon him. Readers will find his…

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This intimate memoir takes your students beyond the headlines and deep into the heart of the conflict in Sudan — beginning with the struggle of three children determined to escape it. Beautifully told through the eyes of innocence, this story of three lost boys spins a tale of terror, courage,…

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This eye-opening memoir about practicing medicine as a woman in the Middle East is engrossing, thought-provoking, and ultimately humbling. Your students will be amazed by all of the cultural differences Ahmed encounters as she describes her shocking experiences living and working in Saudi Arabia.…

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If you're expanding the nonfiction you teach, consider Tuesdays with Morrie. It is an easy read, and the topics of Mitch Albom and Morrie Schwartz’s conversations will supply ample material for class discussions and writing assignments. Your students will learn lessons about living—much…

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I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a graphic narrative that describes what happened to a 13–year–old Jewish girl when the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944. The text includes a brief chronology of the Holocaust. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume discounts. You'll…

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In 1957, young Homer Hickam discovers the power of his dreams as he builds his own rocket. His hope, supported by his mother and his teacher, is that his rocket will be his way out of the West Virginia mining town that is quickly dying around them. His dream is realized when, after winning a gold…

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…Bethany Hamilton's left arm when she was just thirteen years old. Soul Surfer, her narrative, reads like talking to a best friend, which makes this memoir all the more inspiring. From retelling the events of the morning of the attack, to her recovery, and everything in between, Hamilton's journey is…

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Walter Dean Myers’ fascinating autobiography describes his life as a boy growing up in Harlem in the 1940s. With vivid details that bring to life the world he grew up in, Bad Boy shows Myers growing from a child into a confused adolescence during which peer pressure and environment led him to…

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