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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Alyssa Marshall | 1/26/2014

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

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