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Semi-Famous: A True Story of Near Celebrity

age 13+

Engaging, funny, serious look at fame and happiness.

By: Josh Sundquist (2022)
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My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way.

age 10+

Fun, inspiring memoir by best friends chasing their dreams.

By: Jason Reynolds (2009)
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All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

age 16+

Moving, explicit look at growing up Black and queer.

By: George M. Johnson (2020)
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Gender Queer: A Memoir

age 16+

Moving memoir of gender identity search has explicit images.

By: Maia Kobabe (2019)
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Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'round: My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day

age 9+

Lyrical memoir in verse traces fight for MLK Day.

By: Kathlyn J. Kirkwood (2022)
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Farewell to Manzanar

age 12+

Fascinating memoir portrays childhood during internment.

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Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers

age 10+

Candid and inspiring memoir from a former First Lady.

By: Michelle Obama (2021)
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Apple: (Skin to the Core)

age 14+

Extraordinary must-read memoir of coming of age on the Rez.

By: Eric Gansworth (2020)
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Gone to the Woods

age 13+

Author's harrowing memoir shows how kindness saved him.

By: Gary Paulsen (2021)
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Reader's Edition

age 10+

Inspiring true tale of invention packs heart and hope.

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Black Girl, White School: Thriving, Surviving, and "No, You Can't Touch My Hair"

age 10+

Remarkable anthology brims with solidarity for Black girls.

By: Olivia V. G. Clarke (2020)
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The Fire Next Time

age 13+

Baldwin's essays are essential reading to understand racism.

By: James Baldwin (1963)
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Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey

age 10+

Inspiring, graphic story of boy with facial differences.

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Obviously: Stories from My Timeline

age 13+

Lots of life lessons in YouTuber's funny, inspiring memoir.

By: Akilah Hughes (2019)
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Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream

age 10+

Young immigrant achieves her dreams in inspiring memoir.

By: Julissa Arce (2019)
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Born Just Right

age 9+

Upbeat book tells what it's like being born without a limb.

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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematican Katherine Johnson

age 10+

Must-read true story of trailblazing NASA mathematician.

By: Katherine Johnson (2019)
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Brave Face: A Memoir

age 15+

Gripping look at boy's struggle with depression, coming out.

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The Boy Who Touched the Stars / El Niño Que Alcanzó las Estrellas

age 7+

Inspiring memoir of migrants' son who became astronaut.

By: José M. Hernández (2019)
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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

age 11+

Comic's engaging memoir of growing up under Apartheid.

By: Trevor Noah (2019)
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