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  • 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

    Mount Everest.

    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

    Baghdad girl.

    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

    remarkable strength.

    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.


    Looking for a biography? Heres a list of a few ideas:



    Johann Sebastian Bach

    P.T. Barnum

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Johnny Cash

    Jackie Chan

    Charlie Chaplin

    Ray Charles

    George Clooney

    Tom Cruise

    Walt Disney

    Bob Dylan

    Simon Estes

    Tina Fey

    Michael J. Fox

    Aretha Franklin

    Martha Graham

    Tom Hanks

    Jimi Hendrix

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Harry Houdini

    Michael Jackson

    Angelina Jolie

    Janis Joplin

    Toby Keith

    John Lennon

    George Lucas



    Marilyn Monroe

    Robert Pattinson

    Pablo Picasso

    Elvis Presley


    Julia Roberts

    Charles Schulz

    Russell Simmons

    Taylor Swift

    Elizabeth Taylor


    Carrie Underwood

    Leonardo Da Vinci

    Kanye West

    Oprah Winfrey


    Muhammad Ali

    Lance Armstrong

    Arthur Ashe

    Jeff Gordon

    Bethany Hamilton

    Mia Hamm

    Tony Hawk

    Lebron James

    Bruce Jenner

    Derek Jeter

    Shawn Johnson

    Michael Jordan

    Bruce Lee

    Michael Lewis

    Babe Ruth

    Tim Tebow

    Michelle Wie

    Tiger Woods


    Douglas Adams

    Louisa May Alcott

    Maya Angelou

    Isaac Asimov

    Jane Austen

    J.M. Barrie

    L. Frank Baum

    Judy Blume

    Bill Bryson

    Lewis Carroll

    Samuel Clemens (Mark


    Chris Crutcher

    Roald Dahl

    Charles Dickens

    Frederick Douglass

    Lois Duncan

    Sid Fleischman

    Jack Gantos

    Ezra Jack Keats

    Harper Lee

    Theo LeSig (Dr. Seuss)

    C.S. Lewis

    Jack London

    Lois Lowry

    Herman Melville

    L.M. Montgomery

    Walter Dean Myers

    Gary Paulsen

    Richard Peck

    Edgar Allan Poe

    J.K. Rowling

    William Shakespeare

    Shel Silverstein

    Jerry Spinelli

    John Steinbeck

    Bram Stoker

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Henry David Thoreau

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    Elie Wiesel

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Virginia Woolf


    Billy the Kid and Jesse

    James (Old West


    Al Capone (Infamous


    Osama bin Laden

    (September 11, 2001

    U.S. terrorist attacks)

    John Wilkes Booth

    (Assassinated Abraham


    Lizzie Borden

    (Infamous murderer)

    Mark David Chapman

    (Assassinated John


    D.B. Cooper (Hijacker,

    unsolved mystery)

    John Dillinger (Bank


    Adolf Hitler (Nazi,

    WWII, Holocaust)

    Lee Harvey Oswald

    (Assassinated John F.


    Bonnie Parker & Clyde

    Barrow (Infamous


    James Earl Ray

    (Assassinated Martin

    Luther King, Jr.)


    Joan of Arc

    W.E.B. Du Bois

    Claudette Colvin

    Dian Fossey (Gorillas)

    Anne Frank

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Che Guevara

    Helen Keller

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dalai Lama

    Dorothea Lange

    Nelson Mandela

    Rosa Parks

    Eva Peron

    Pope John Paul II

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Gloria Steinem

    Mother Teresa

    Harriet Tubman

    Malcolm X


    Tony Blair

    George W. Bush

    Jimmy Carter

    Fidel Castro

    Bill Clinton

    Hillary Clinton

    Mikhail Gorbachev

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Herbert Hoover

    Andrew Jackson

    Thomas Jefferson

    John F. Kennedy

    Henry A. Kissinger

    Abraham Lincoln

    Joe McCarthy

    Golda Meir

    Richard Nixon

    Barack Obama

    Sandra Day O'Connor

    Colin Powell

    Yitzhak Rabin

    Ronald Regan

    Condoleezza Rice

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Margaret Thatcher

    Desomond Tutu

    George Washington

    Woodrow Wilson


    Buzz Aldrin


    Alexander Graham Bell

    George Washington


    Marie & Pierre Currie

    Charles Darwin

    Clarence Darrow

    Amelia Earhart

    Thomas Edison

    Albert Einstein

    Benjamin Franklin

    Sigmund Freud

    Bill Gates

    John Glenn

    Temple Grandin

    Johannes Gutenberg

    Stephen Hawking

    Steve Jobs

    Charles Lindberg

    Isaac Newton

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Alfred Nobel

    Louis Pasteur


    Carl Sagan

    Alan Shepard

    Nikola Tesla

    Chuck Yeager

    Mark Zuckerberg


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