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BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A (TRANSGENDER) TEEN [AUDIOBOOK]

BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A (TRANSGENDER) TEEN [AUDIOBOOK]
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jennings
Author's First Name: 
Jazz
Narrator's First Name: 
Jazz
Narrator's Last Name: 
Jennings
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Jazz Jennings' transition from a boy to a girl, her true authentic self, has made headlines as she and her family fought for the right to use the girl's bathroom and to play on a girl's soccer team. Jazz narrates her own story of her struggles, triumphs, hopes and dreams with passion and insight.

HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shulevitz
Author's First Name: 
Uri
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2008

One memorable day, after the author's family fled from Moscow to Kazakhstan, his father brought home a map instead of food.  This vibrant autogiographical picture book shows how that impractical act fed another kind of hunger.

THE WALL: GROWING UP BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sís
Author's First Name: 
Peter
Publisher: 
Frances Foster
Publication Date: 
2007

A highly visual memoir describes growing up in Czechoslovakia in the Iron Curtain years.  Sís loved to draw, admired things western, and learned very early that his country hid information, before he finally defected to the West.

 

KNUCKLEHEAD: TRUE STORIES ABOUT GROWING UP SCIESZKA [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Scieszka
Author's First Name: 
Jon
Publisher: 
Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 
2009

Jon Scieszka just may be the funniest man writing for kids today. We all know his background must have shaped his writing career…but who knew that “almost true” could be this hilarious. Scieszka’s own narration completes the perfect package. Ages 10-14.

GHOSTS OF WAR: MY TOUR OF DUTY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Smithson
Author's First Name: 
Ryan
Publisher: 
Collins
Publication Date: 
2009

A teen Army reservist examines his thoughts and experiences during basic training and his tour of duty in Iraq after 9/11. A powerful autobiography contrasting a war’s boredom with its terrors.

CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hoose
Author's First Name: 
Philip
Publisher: 
Melanie Kroupa
Publication Date: 
2009

Claudette Colvin, just a teenager in 1955, was the first African-American to refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus—an act of courage that changed her life and helped to change the world.

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