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My Life: Memoirs for Teens

True stories as told by the people they happened to--these teen memoirs are about all kinds of people, but they're all great reads.


My Father's Summers : A Daughter's Memoir
My Father's Summers : A Daughter's Memoir

With prose poems and family photos, Appelt vividly captures moments of her youth, including long absences of her military father.


King of the Mild Frontier : An Ill-Advised Autobiography
King of the Mild Frontier : An Ill-Advised Autobiography

Do you know: a good reason to be phobic about oysters and olives? That you can step inside a roaring coal furnace and feel cool? Chris Crutcher knows these things, and more!


I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree : A Memoir of A Schindler's List Survivor
I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree : A Memoir of A Schindler's List Survivor

A look at the life of a teenager who survived eight concentration camps over the course of three years. This is an amazing story of loss, endurance, hope.


Twilight People : One Man's Journey to Find His Roots
Twilight People : One Man's Journey to Find His Roots

Houze's journey of self-discovery and reconnection that ranged from the dirt roads of Mississippi to the shores of South Africa and back.


A Girl Named Zippy : Growing Up Small In Mooreland, Indiana
A Girl Named Zippy : Growing Up Small In Mooreland, Indiana

Nicknamed Zippy for her energy and spunk, Haven tells the story of her happy and hilarious childhood in the Midwest.


The Diary of Ma Yan : The Struggles and Hopes of A Chinese Schoolgirl
The Diary of Ma Yan : The Struggles and Hopes of A Chinese Schoolgirl

Thirteen-year-old Ma Yan, a peasant in the drought-scarred province of Ningxia, China managed to receive an education despite extreme poverty and hardship.


The Skin Between Us : A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging
The Skin Between Us : A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging

Both Italian American and African America, Kym struggled to find a place for herself. In this book, she brings to life the two families and the warring, but ultimately similar, communities that defined her.


The Pregnancy Project : a memoir
The Pregnancy Project : a memoir

Many assumed that Gaby would probably be a teen mom: she%u2019s Latino, she grew up in a poor neighborhood and teen pregnancy runs in her family. When Gaby was a senior she decided to investigate these stereotypes by faking her own pregnancy. Her story illuminates the many challenges faced by pregnant teens in America today.


America's Boy : A Memoir
America's Boy : A Memoir

Born in 1965 into a small town in the heartland of America, Wade Rouse didn't quite fit in. He struggles with his own identity through the loss of a brother and the traumas of being different.


Jesus Land :  A Memoir
Jesus Land : A Memoir

For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, "Jesus Land" stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic.


Miss American Pie : A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up In the 1970s
Miss American Pie : A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up In the 1970s

This is the author's real diary from growing up in the 1970s, including her feelings on boys, sex, racial inequality, family pressures, school, and everything else affecting a typical American teenager.


Learning Joy From Dogs Without Collars : A Memoir
Learning Joy From Dogs Without Collars : A Memoir

This is the story of a girl coming into her own, learning and understanding her place in the world, from homelessness and hopelessness, to Harvard and beyond.


Please Don't Kill the Freshman : A Memoir
Please Don't Kill the Freshman : A Memoir

In this wickedly intelligent and poetically wise memoir written from the trenches of high school, Trope reminds readers that adolescence is a time of rare clarity, emergent self-awareness, and heartrending hope.


The Boy Who Invented Skiing : A Memoir
The Boy Who Invented Skiing : A Memoir

Swain Wolfe spent his childhood in magical places, exploring the mesas and tunnels of his father's tuberculosis sanatorium near the Garden of the Gods and later his stepfather's six-thousand-acre ranch on a horse named Joe.


Smashed : The Story of A Drunken Girlhood
Smashed : The Story of A Drunken Girlhood

From earliest experimentation to full-blown abuse, 24-year-old Zailckas leads readers through her experience of binge drinking in this vivid cautionary tale.


When I Was A Soldier : A Memoir
When I Was A Soldier : A Memoir

At 18, Valerie must join the Israeli army for compulsory service. Though at first army life is exciting, Valerie begins to question her role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.