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The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope book The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope

Kamkwamba, William, 1987-
BIO KAMKWAM KAMKWAM

A true story of tenacity and imagination describes how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and his village, improving life for himself and his neighbors.




Angela's ashes : a memoir book Angela's ashes : a memoir

McCourt, Frank.
BIO MCCOURT MCCOURT

Born in Brooklyn during the Depression, McCourt’s life went from poor to poorer when his family moves back to Ireland.




Devil in the details : scenes from an obsessive girlhood book Devil in the details : scenes from an obsessive girlhood

Traig, Jennifer.
BIO TRAIG TRAIG

A woman who suffered from an undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder in her childhood recounts how her drive for perfection and incessant hand-washing rituals compromised her daily life and strained her relationship with her parents.




The glass castle : a memoir book The glass castle : a memoir

Walls, Jeannette.
BIO WALLS WALLS

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.




This boy's life : a memoir book This boy's life : a memoir

Wolff, Tobias, 1945-
BIO WOLFF WOLFF

Wolff chronicles the tumultuous events of his early life, discussing his parents' divorce, the nomadic wanderings with his mother that followed, and the strange and eventful process of growing up.




The autobiography of Malcolm X book The autobiography of Malcolm X

X, Malcolm, 1925-1965.
BIO X X

If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X.




Small steps : the year I got polio Juvenile Book Small steps : the year I got polio

Kehret, Peg.
J 362.1968 KEHRET

Describes the months the author spent in a hospital as a twelve-year-old patient, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio and then slowly learning to walk again.




Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl Juvenile Book Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl

Frank, Anne, 1929-1945.
J 940.5315 FRANK

A young girl’s journal records her family’s struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.




The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum Juvenile Book The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum

Fleming, Candace.
J BIO BARNUM FLEMING

The life of one of the greatest showmen who ever lived, introducing some of the amazing performers who worked for him, and reviewing the impact his show has had on the world due to its incredible popularity.




Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice Juvenile Book Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
J BIO COLVIN HOOSE

The life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral but little-known role in the Montgomery bus strike, once by refusing to give up a bus seat, and again, by becoming a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company.




Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world Juvenile Book Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world

Montgomery, Sy.
J BIO GRANDIN MONTGOM

An authorized biography about Temple Grandin’s life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities.




Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution Juvenile Book Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Jiang, Ji-li.
J BIO JIANG JIANG

The story of Ji-li Jiang, a twelve-year-old girl growing up in China in 1966, the year that Chairman Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and the changes it brought to her and her family.




A girl named Faithful Plum : the true story of a dancer from China and how she achieved her dream Juvenile Book A girl named Faithful Plum : the true story of a dancer from China and how she achieved her dream

Bernstein, Richard, 1944-
J BIO LI BERNSTE

Zhongmei Lei won a coveted spot in the Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 11, despite the lack of connections, and rose to fame before founding her own dance company.




Knucklehead : tall tales & mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka Juvenile Book Knucklehead : tall tales & mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka

Scieszka, Jon.
J BIO SCIESZK SCIESZK

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.




Tom Thumb : the remarkable true story of a man in miniature Juvenile Book Tom Thumb : the remarkable true story of a man in miniature

Sullivan, George, 1927-
J BIO THUMB SULLIVAN

Explores the life and career of the dwarf Tom Thumb, who toured the world as a curiosity at the behest of showman P.T. Barnum.




The burn journals Teen Book The burn journals

Runyon, Brent.
TEEN 362.2809 RUNYON

Brent Runyon was 14 years old when he set himself on fire. This is an intense retelling of that suicide attempt followed by a year of physical and psychological recovery conveys what it means to want to commit suicide.




The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir Teen Book The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir

Busby, Cylin.
TEEN 363.2092 BUSBY

After her police officer father is shot one night and barely gets away with his life, everything changes for Cylin's family when they are forced to move from their home and cut off ties with everyone they know in order to maintain their safety while the search for the attempted murderer continues.




Master of deceit : J. Edgar Hoover and America in the age of lies Teen Book Master of deceit : J. Edgar Hoover and America in the age of lies

Aronson, Marc.
TEEN 363.2509 ARONSON

The life of one of the powerful man behind the FBI, his tangled family history and personal relationships, and his own need for secrecy, deceit and control.




I will plant you a lilac tree Teen Book I will plant you a lilac tree

Hillman, Laura.
TEEN 940.5318 HILLMAN

The true story of a young girl who volunteered to go to the Polish ghetto to be with the remaining members of her family, was sent to a series of concentration camps, met and fell in love with a young man in a camp, and survived all the horrors of war after being placed on Schindler’s List.




Persepolis Teen Book Persepolis

Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
TEEN 955.054 SATRAPI

The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life. Graphic novel.




Ghosts of war : the true story of a 19-year-old GI Teen Book Ghosts of war : the true story of a 19-year-old GI

Smithson, Ryan.
TEEN 956.7044 SMITHSO

The harrowing memoir of Ryan Smithson, who joined the Army Reserve when he was 17. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer.




Jane Austen : a life revealed Teen Book Jane Austen : a life revealed

Reef, Catherine.
TEEN BIO AUSTEN REEF

An intimate peek at Austen’s life and innermost feelings, interweaving her narrative with well-crafted digests of each of Austen’s published novels.




King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography Teen Book King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography

Crutcher, Chris.
TEEN BIO CRUTCHE CRUTCHE

Whether trying to impress members of the girls' softball team--with disastrous dental results--or enduring the humiliation of his high school athletic club initiation, Crutcher's recollections of the tricky road to adulthood is both hilarious and unforgettable.




Charles and Emma : the Darwins' leap of faith Teen Book Charles and Emma : the Darwins' leap of faith

Heiligman, Deborah.
TEEN BIO DARWIN HEILIGM

An account of Charles Darwin’s life and evolutionary theory, examining how his personal life affected his work and vice versa because of his wife’s strong religious beliefs.




Hole in my life Teen Book Hole in my life

Gantos, Jack.
TEEN BIO GANTOS GANTOS

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.




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