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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: The Freedom Writers Narrator: Various Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Straight from the front line of urban America comes the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.

As an idealistic 23-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of unteachable, at-risk students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust, only to be met by uncomprehending looks. So she and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the Freedom Writers in homage to the civil rights activists The Freedom Riders.

With funds raised by a Read-a-thon for Tolerance, they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell's students were the real heroes. Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition (appearances on Prime Time Live and All Things Considered, coverage in People magazine, and a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley) and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college.

With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tordle | 2/15/2014

    " Half way done and I absolutely love it. I am such a sucker for people who change lives and the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting view into challenges facing teens growing up in California and the amazing impact one teacher can have. I would love to know what became of the 150 students -- how many are now college grads, the careers they went into, where they have chosen to live now, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekka K. Steg | 2/8/2014

    " Amazing, touching, eye-opening. A must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Marshall | 1/26/2014

    " I liked it, my second time reading it though :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jesse Ynclan | 1/25/2014

    " I was disappointed by the book, although I was not surprised by my feelings. As a teacher, I try very hard to be a good teacher, but the students in the story did not seem authentic. And the lengths the teacher went thru were portrayed as martyrdom, more than teaching skills. My job is hard enough without being told that only superman can get results. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nona Hijau | 1/25/2014

    " I learned a lot from this book. With all the pain told there, it was like, there are a lot more painful things happened out there and mine's just the easy one when I get to think that my life is not getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Bratkowski | 1/23/2014

    " This was a great book for anyone who wants affirmation for the potential within students. Erin Gruwell has become one of my personal heroes since I read the book and saw the movie. However, I think her personality was as important as her teaching methods for helping her students succeed. I had a colleague who said that the book sounded like it was heavily edited and written through only one voice. After thinking about it, I agree her and I knocked off a star for this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/21/2014

    " This was good but became somewhat boring after they became accepted and their triumps didn't seem as huge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/18/2014

    " Very interesting, though it was dragging a bit towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisa Flaherty | 1/16/2014

    " For the most part I enjoyed this book. I think it is amazing what "Ms. G" and her class accomplished. I did not like that the diary entries were 1 to 150. It was hard to follow any individual story lines (which i guess is part of the point). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody Schult | 11/15/2013

    " I read this after seeing the movie. Enjoyed them both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 11/4/2013

    " Its amazing how different young peoples life are; this was a real eye opener to how sheltered my life has been! How lucky I am for the my family & life the way it is. Inspirational stories of rather mature heads on young shoulders x x "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loielady | 10/26/2013

    " Excited me. I passed it on to my daughter-in-law who is a high school teacher in a low income, highly mixed race student body. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aniek | 10/19/2013

    " I Love it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 10/9/2013

    " Found this to be fairly interesting and offered so much more information than the film. The book was deffinitely more focused on the kids. It also revealed all the other people who were instumental in helping these kids. Plus, offers some insight into the politics going on at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 9/28/2013

    " what iam learning about this book is that we have to be ourselves and dont let anyone change our personality. What i am reading now is that now the students are telling about their personal lifes about what had happend to them when they were young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deniesha | 5/5/2013

    " I think this is a excellent book that shows that this teacher really had confident in all of these kids, even when they didnt think so about theirselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Raymer | 3/29/2013

    " It made me want to be a better teacher. Absolutely inspiring!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Nelson | 5/26/2012

    " My 7th grade students recommended this book to me....I absolutely loved it! Very moving...it really gets into the minds of students. It inspired me to be a better teacher and to try to reach all of my students. This book is a reminder that each student has a story and most important can learn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sal | 12/24/2011

    " This book made me want to become a teacher. I should reread it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 11/26/2011

    " recommended by Andrej Perez "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 11/5/2011

    " I hate to admit it, but I preferred the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfonso A | 9/27/2011

    " it was an okay book I wanted the diary entries to tell more of their entry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adaailin Cardoso | 7/24/2011

    " I liked this book because it is a motivated story. It dose not matter were you are from you can always do it if you put your mind to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " Okay. It's a nice story and everything, but it was kind of difficult to identify with such short narratives. A lot of id just didn't feel real to me, although some of the accounts were really touching. The teacher's writing felt really false, like it was heavily edited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/8/2011

    " Erin and those kids are my heroes. I only hope that I can be the change that they have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/21/2011

    " It's a good book, I liked it. The movie was also good. I like books like this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adaailin | 4/18/2011

    " I liked this book because it is a motivated story. It dose not matter were you are from you can always do it if you put your mind to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ljubica | 4/5/2011

    " I liked the book it was pretty good =)
    Only thing I didnt like was its hard for me to guess who each person is talking in the book. Im not very good at it so it took me some time to figure it out but other than that i really did enjoy the book very much =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ke'love | 4/4/2011

    " it was a great. i wish there were more diary entry's. More stuff from the students not just what they found important. I would have liked to have read all the diary entry's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Berto | 3/30/2011

    " This is my favorite book/movie/ EVERYTHING! I'm in love with this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alina | 3/22/2011

    " It was interestig but confusing because you didn't know who was writing whenever a ner entry came up. You couldn't tell if it was a girl or boy or what their name was or much else "

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