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…deportation alongside the everyday struggles of being a teen. Filled with witty writing, historical details, and 90s pop culture references, this memoir takes a critical look at the long and difficult journey to becoming an American citizen. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume…

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Dont let your students miss out on this evocative coming—of—age story detailing the life lessons that shape a young Cherokee boy’s view of the world during the Great Depression. The story is told through witty vignettes that will keep your classes laughing as Little Tree grows to…

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Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Ireland is not difficult to read and has a beauty that remains in the reader's mind long after he or she has put the book down. It's a great nonfiction choice, filled with both literary devices and McCourt's painful memories. Angela's…

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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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One of the most popular books of 2018, Educated tells the true story of a young woman who graduated with a PhD from Cambridge despite having been raised by a family of isolated survivalists who didn’t believe in education.. This story of overcoming an abusive and almost unbelievable background…

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…New Jersey, make a pact to support one another as they pursue their dreams through college and medical school. Uplifting and empowering, this memoir is essential reading for high school students in need of someone to show them that achieving their dreams is within their reach. This book is eligible…

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This deeply moving memoir of courage and willpower in the face of death will give your students a unique perspective on tragedy. This is the true story of Johnny Gunther, a boy with an inoperable brain tumor. During the months of his illness, everyone near him is impressed by his level-headedness,…

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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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If you need a nonfiction text this year, consider Jeannette Walls’s amazing memoir, The Glass Castle. Students will sympathize as she recounts her experiences growing up with an alcoholic father and aloof artist mother who often seem more interested in finding the next adventure than in…

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Told as a series of vignettes, this memoir by Firoozeh Dumas recalls her experiences growing up as an Iranian American, starting with her family’s move from Iran to California in 1972. Each vignette explores a different moment in Dumas’s life, from amusing stories of her parents to the…

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…political tensions, Ji-li must learn how to endure one of the darkest eras in modern Chinese history. Written with passion and clarity, this memoir will have readers of all ages eager to follow Ji-li’s courageous journey. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume discounts.…

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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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