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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.



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