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You Are Here--But Who Are You?

Keeping a journal is a great way to learn more about yourself. But how do you get started? And what if your life just doesn't seem quite interesting enough to record? The titles listed below will provide some inspiration and instruction. They include real journals, fictional ones, books to help you develop your writing skills and even one to use slightly supernatural means to see inside yourself. So start reading (and writing) today!

The Danger Box

The Danger Box

In small-town Michigan, twelve-year-old Zoomy and his new friend Lorrol investigate the journal found inside a mysterious box and find family secrets and a more valuable treasure, while a dangerous stranger watches and waits.

Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, Called Birdy

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life

The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life

The autobiography of the Newbery award-winning children's author who set out from childhood to be a magician.

5 Ways to Know About You

5 Ways to Know About You

If you have ever wondered what makes you think, feel, and act the way you do; why you get along well with some people, but not with others; or what makes you the complex person that you are-here are some answers.

Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books

Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books

Provides ideas and simple directions for writing, illustrating, designing, and binding books.

Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce

Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce

After being orphaned during the influenza epidemic of 1918, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen-year-old brother are taken by their grieving uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Includes author's note about the Shakers.

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, abridged for young readers.

A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray

A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray

Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook

A how-to guide for upper elementary and middle school children who want to write fiction, including numerous examples.

Barron's Painless Junior, Writing

Barron's Painless Junior, Writing

Learn different methods of writing, how to revise & edit, and how to make good word choices.

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography

The elusive author provides a glimpse into his mysterious and sometimes confusing life, using fanciful letters, diary entries, and other miscellaneous documents as well as photographs and illustrations.

Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid

Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid

This Italian-American Newbery Medalist presents a humorous account of his childhood and youth in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-up

Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-up

When she accidentally leaves her journal in Tiffany's apartment, Keena is afraid that Tiffany will reveal all of her secrets.