Diaries & Letters

Letters From a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs

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By Lyons, Mary E.  A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.

Vlad the Undead

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By Lutzen, Hannah  The story of Vlad Dracula as related by the captain of a 19th-century sailing ship, and what happens to a young woman reading that account in the late 20th century. As Lucia reads the account of the voyage, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the character of Vlad. Written as a series of manuscripts, letters, and diary entries.

Catherine, Called Birdy

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By Cushman, Karen 

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.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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By Frank, Anne  The life of the Jewish girl who hid with seven other people in an attic for two years in Nazi-occupied  Holland. Anne chronicled her day-to-day life in a diary which was discovered after her death in a German concentration camp.

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo

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By Filipovic, Zlata  Eleven-year-oldn Croation Filipovic's graphic firsthand account of life in embattled Sarajevo. "Provides a vivid description of the ravages of war and its effect upon one young woman."

Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time

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By Yee, Lisa  After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisy his academically demanding father.

So Totally, Emily Ebers

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By Yee, Lisa  In a series of letters to her absent father, twelve-year-old Emily Ebers deals with moving cross-country, her parents' divorce, a new friendship, and her first serious crush.

Millicent Min, Girl Genius

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By Yee, Lisa  In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends over the course of a tumultuous summer.

Teen Ansgt? Naaah...A Quasi-Autobiography

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By Vizzini, Ned  A collection of essays wrtten by the author from age fifteen to seventeen in which he shares impressions of school, sports, cool people, boring people, friends, family, money, music, and obsessions.

Spud

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By Van de Ruit, John  In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.
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