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NON-FICTION: It Happened to Me: Memoirs for Teens


I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced book I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced
Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled—not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood’s case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age.

Ali, Nujood.
BIO ALI ALI
I know why the caged bird sings. book I know why the caged bird sings.
This memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people—and the times—that touched her life.

Angelou, Maya.
BIO ANGELOU ANGELOU
A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier book A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier
What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.

Beah, Ishmael, 1980-
BIO BEAH BEAH
The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir book The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir
Using his fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality--a life at once familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.

Bryson, Bill.
BIO BRYSON BRYSON
The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir Teen Book The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir
Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the job.

Busby, Cylin.
TEEN 363.2092 BUSBY
The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir Teen Book The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir
Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the job.

Busby, Cylin.
TEEN 363.2092 BUSBY
King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography Teen Book King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography
Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Talk," as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer.

Crutcher, Chris.
TEEN BIO CRUTCHE CRUTCHE
Don't let's go to the dogs tonight : an African childhood book Don't let's go to the dogs tonight : an African childhood
In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

Fuller, Alexandra, 1969-
BIO FULLER FULLER
Hole in my life Teen Book Hole in my life
The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

Gantos, Jack.
TEEN BIO GANTOS GANTOS
Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board Teen Book Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board
The teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 describes how she has coped with this life-altering event with the help of her faith, the changes in her life, and her return to the sport she loves.

Hamilton, Bethany.
TEEN BIO HAMILTO HAMILTO
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