Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer The author describes how he spent his teenage years
climbing mountains in the US, South America, Africa,
and Asia, with an emphasis on his two expeditions to
Three Little Words: A Memoir
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter The story of how the author survived nine years in
foster care where she endured moving from school to
school, and manipulative, humiliating, and abusive
treatment from one foster family.
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon Brent Runyon was 14-years-old when he set himself
on fire. This book describes his suicide attempt and
his recovery over the following year.
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-
Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and
an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
by Laura Schroff He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But
something made her turn around and go back. They
met nearly every week for years and built an
unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today
spanned almost three decades.
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs
by Teens Famous & Obscure
by Larry Smith A collection of six-word memoirs from hundreds of
teenagers, including celebrities, ranging from funny to
inspiring to dramatic,
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
The memoir of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor
of Hitlers Europe, and about his son, a cartoonist who
tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and
Tom Sullivans Adventures in Darkness
by Tom Sullivan A biography of the singer and TV entertainer who has
been blind from birth.
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet As an autistic savant, the author tells his life story and
how his mind is able to calculate huge sums in
seconds, learn new languages in a week, and memorize
more than 22,000 digits of pi.
Teen Area West Des Moines Public Library 9/2012
BIOGRAPHY IDEAS FOR TEENS Looking for a biography?
Here is a list of a few books to try!
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man,
and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom Mitch visits his former college professor, Morrie, in
the last months of his life.
Thuras Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq
by Thura Al-Windawi An inside look at Iraq during Saddam's reign and the
2003 war, as recorded in the diary of a 19-year-old
She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie
Bernall by Misty Bernall On April 20, 1999, Cassie was a typical teenager
having a typical day. Then a classmate trained a gun
on her and asked if she believed in God.
The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter
Memoir by Cylin Busby Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced
after their family was forced into hiding to protect
themselves from a killer.
Double Take by Kevin Michael Connolly This is the story of a man born without legs and his
journey around the world.
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
After undergoing extensive surgery at age 9, Lucy
Grealy returned to school with a 1/3 of her jaw
removed, only to receive cruel taunts of classmates. In
this memoir Grealy tells the story of her suffering and
Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the
American Heartland by Mark Kreidler Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere aspire to be four-time
high school wrestling champions in Iowa.
The Game of My Life: A True Story of Challenge,
Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic by Jason
McElwain The incredible story of one students determination to
triumph against the challenges of autism-and his
opponents on the basketball court.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore Two kids with the same name lived in the same
decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar,
decorated combat Veteran, White House Fellow, and
business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in
prison. This is the story of their journey.