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Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel Book Poster Image
age 17+
Grim, brutal true story of teen assassins.
By Dan Slater
(2016)
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Book Poster Image
age 16+
Unforgettable story of young boy forced to become a killer.
By Ishmael Beah
(2007)
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Into the Wild Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Mesmerizing, tragic, and intense bio meant for discussion.
By Jon Krakauer
(1997)
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No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row Book Poster Image
age 15+
Raw stories from teens on death row; read along with teens.
By Susan Kuklin
(2008)
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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Book Poster Image
age 14+
Brutal but moving bio in verse is best for teens.
By Margarita Engle
(2006)
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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing Book Poster Image
age 14+
Award-winning bio of bigger-than-life blues singer.
By Ann Angel
(2010)
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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World Book Poster Image
age 14+
Powerful first-person accounts put faces to refugee crisis.
By Malala Yousafzai
(2019)
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Shout Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Poignant, poetic memoir about healing from sexual assault.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2019)
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Your Own, Sylvia Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Fictionalized bio in verse a great intro to Plath's poetry.
By Stephanie Hemphill
(2007)
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Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary Book Poster Image
age 13+
Challenging but engaging bio of the complex Founding Father.
By Martha Brockenbrough
(2017)
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Soaring Earth: A Companion Memoir to Enchanted Air Book Poster Image
age 13+
Lyrical free-verse memoir set amid turbulent '60s and '70s.
By Margarita Engle
(2019)
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Book Poster Image
age 13+
Dramatic story of forgotten teen civil rights hero.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2009)
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Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement Book Poster Image
age 13+
Inspiring story of teens who organized March for Our Lives.
By The Founders of March for Our Lives
(2018)
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Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith Book Poster Image
age 12+
Award-winning bio of Darwin as a family man is a bit dry.
By Deborah Heiligman
(2008)
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A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson Book Poster Image
age 12+
Lovely first-person narration helps bring Dickinson to life.
By Barbara Dana
(2009)
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Diego: Bigger Than Life Book Poster Image
age 12+
Lively free verse bio doesn't gloss over Rivera's appetites.
By Carmen Bernier-Grand
(2009)
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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive Book Poster Image
age 12+
YA version of POW bio is a poignant tale of perseverance.
By Laura Hillenbrand
(2014)
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Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Book Poster Image
age 12+
Unforgettable true story of boy sent to death camp at age 4.
By Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
(2017)
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Ryan Higa's How to Write Good Book Poster Image
age 12+
YouTuber's engaging memoir has solid writing advice, too.
By Ryan Higa
(2017)
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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Book Poster Image
age 12+
Riveting story of art, mental illness, brotherly devotion.
By Deborah Heiligman
(2017)
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