Biography & memoir for young adults

 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell, Keiko Yoshida

Following his ground-breaking international bestseller The Reason I Jump, written when he was only thirteen, Naoki Higashida offers equally illuminating and practical insights into autism from his current perspective as a young...

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Dare to be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

Dare to be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

Lizzie Velasquez

The inspiring journey of Lizzie Velasquez, cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

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 Read reviewFinding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Zisin Nevo

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer.

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Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

Gemma Cairney

Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be is full of honest advice about the big, bad and beautiful things that growing up is all about: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.

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Notes on Being Teenage

Notes on Being Teenage

Jana Rosalind

From Rosalind Jana, a blogger, writer and feminist, comes this guide to being teenage, growing up and growing into yourself.

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Hidden Figures: Young Readers' Edition

Hidden Figures: Young Readers' Edition

Margot Lee Shetterly

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts despite their...

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Elon Musk (Young Readers' edition)

Elon Musk (Young Readers' edition)

Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk is an inspirational role model for young entrepreneurs, breaking boundaries and revolutionising the tech-world. He is also the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films. He's not only seen as an entrepreneur...

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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there...

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Hollywood Days with Hayes

Hollywood Days with Hayes

Hayes Grier

Twelve days and twelve nights in Hollywood with Hayes Hayes Grier has just landed his first big Hollywood role, the lead in a big budget blockbuster film.

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Lion: A Long Way Home (Young Readers' Edition)

Lion: A Long Way Home (Young Readers' Edition)

Saroo Brierley

As a five-year-old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home.

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Letter to My Teenage Self

Letter to My Teenage Self

Grace Halphen

Melbourne teenager Grace Halphen had a tough time transitioning to high school - she struggled to make friends and fit in. When she realised that this is a common experience, she wondered why�..

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Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Tim Crothers

Based on ‘The Queen of Katwe', a finalist for a National Magazine Award and included in Dave Eggers' The Best American Nonrequired Reading, this is the true story of a female prodigy from the Ugandan slum of Katwe.

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 Read reviewRebellious Daughters

Rebellious Daughters

Maria Katsonis, Lee Kofman

Good daughters hold their tongues, obey their elders and let their families determine their destiny. Rebellious daughters are just the opposite.

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Forever Young: The Story of Troye Sivan

Forever Young: The Story of Troye Sivan

Alana Wulff

Get Lost in the Dream . . . YouTube sensation and uber-talented musician Troye Sivan is emerging as the future of pop music. His critically acclaimed debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, captures the dreamiest of moments, the haze...

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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Hannah Hart

The wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen is back! This time, she's stirring up memories and tales from her past.

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 Read reviewFight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers. 

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Songs of a War Boy

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Thiak Adut, Ben McKelvey

The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope

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Laughing at My Nightmare

Laughing at My Nightmare

Shane Burcaw

An irreverently funny debut YA memoir that takes an honest and raw look at an average guy with a not-so-average disability.

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The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher

A thoroughly original and intimate memoir by the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional...

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Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb

An inspiring tale of modern migration, overcoming adversity and escaping the hell of war, from a girl struggling to walk for the very first time in her life.

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Every Falling Star: The Story of How I Escaped North Korea: The Story of How I Escaped North Korea

Every Falling Star: The Story of How I Escaped North Korea: The Story of How I Escaped North Korea

Sungju Lee, Susan Elizabeth McClelland

Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who was forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself.

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Chasing Asylum

Chasing Asylum

Eva Orner

Filmmaker Eva Orner takes us on a personal, gripping and compelling journey to show us how she came to make her documentary about Australia's asylum seeker policies.

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Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl

Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman

What is it like to be a teen with depressed addicts for parents, a mentally ill sister, and a grandfather who killed himself? In this moving, compelling diary, Mariel Hemingway writes as her teen self to share her pain, heartache,...

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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Quentin Kenihan

Quentin Kenihan is living proof that superheroes don't need capes, just the right attitude. FOREWORD BY RAY MARTIN

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How To Be Happy: A Memoir of Sex, Love and Teenage Confusion

How To Be Happy: A Memoir of Sex, Love and Teenage Confusion

David Burton

A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happy is David Burton's story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of place and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He...

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Honor Girl

Honor Girl

Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into...

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Flawd: How To Stop Hating On Yourself, Others, And The Things That Make You Who You Are

Flawd: How To Stop Hating On Yourself, Others, And The Things That Make You Who You Are

Emily-Anne Rigal, Jeanne Demers

Listeners will learn they can be a light to the world and that it is possible to know freedom.

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Margarita Engle, Edel Rodriguez

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpre Author Award, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Michaela DePrince (Author), Elaine DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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El Deafo

El Deafo

Cece Bell

A hearing aid grants superpowers in this funny, poignant, exceptional graphic novel memoir about growing up deaf.

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Mud, Sweat and Tears Junior Edition

Mud, Sweat and Tears Junior Edition

Bear Grylls

How did Bear Grylls become one of the world's toughest adventurers?This is the thrilling story of everyone's favourite real-life action man - from secret childhood missions to climb the town's school buildings and steeples, to...

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I Am Malala

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer, Anna Hymas

The bestselling story of the young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village, now in an accessible middle grade edition

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Elena Vanishing: A Memoir

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir

Elena Dunkle

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both...

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I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, Liz Welch

The inspiring story of a 12-year-old American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe who change each other's lives when her letter for her class's pen-pal project finds its way to him.

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 Read reviewThe Family Law- Tie In

The Family Law- Tie In

Benjamin Law

Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: why won't his Chinese dad wear...

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The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells

The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells

Debbie Levy

Like other girls, Jutta Salzberg enjoyed playing with friends, going to school, and visiting relatives. In Germany in 1938, these everyday activities were dangerous for Jews. Jutta and her family tried to lead normal lives, but...

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The People Smuggler: The True Story Of Ali Al Jenabi,

The People Smuggler: The True Story Of Ali Al Jenabi,

Robin de Crespigny

After his father, brother and he were incarcerated and tortured in Saddam's Abu Ghraib, Ali al Jenabi escaped from Iraq first to work with the anti-Saddam resistance in Iran and then to help his family out of the country all...

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 Read reviewPopular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir)

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir)

Maya Van Wagenen

Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at 'pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren't paid to be here,' Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s...

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 Read reviewThis Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

Esther Grace Earl

Offers a collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16.

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Liz Prince

A novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu.

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The Corfu Trilogy

The Corfu Trilogy

Gerald Durrell

Suitable for adults and children alike, this title includes three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise - My Family and Other Animals , Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods .

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Unpolished Gem

Unpolished Gem

Alice Pung

Offers a vivid and ironic sense of two worlds. Combines the story of Pung's life growing up in suburban Footscray, with the inherited stories of the women in her family.

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 Read reviewRiding the Black Cockatoo

Riding the Black Cockatoo

John Danalis, Boori Monty Pryor

The inspiring true story of one man's reconciliation journey. All through his growing-up years, John Danalis's family had an Aboriginal skull on the mantelpiece; yet only as an adult did he ask where it came from and whether it...

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin

Six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community --Dust jacket flap.

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This Book is Gay

This Book is Gay

Juno Dawson

Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

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On Two Feet and Wings: One Boy's Amazing Story of Survival

On Two Feet and Wings: One Boy’s Amazing Story of Survival

Abbas Kazerooni

This amazing true story of a boy fleeing Tehran on his own during the Iran-Iraq War provides a powerful child's-eye view of political tumult, separation, survival, dreams and triumphs in a moving memoir that chronicles...

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The Boy with Two Lives

The Boy with Two Lives

Abbas Kazerooni

When 10-year-old Abbas arrives in England to start a new life, little does he know that his troubles have only just begun... His cousin packs him off to boarding school, and infrequent phone calls are Abbas's only contact with his...

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The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Anne Frank, Otto Frank, Mirjam Pressler, Susan Massotty, Elie Wiesel

Presents the diary of a teenage girl, who along with her family in Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942 was forced into hiding by Nazis. This title presents an intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement,...

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The Life of Anne Frank

The Life of Anne Frank

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank's story has been read by millions worldwide - now this new book reveals the images behind her famous words.

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 Read reviewWelcome to My Country

Welcome to My Country

Laklak Burarrwanga, Family

Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for...

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The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Mervyn Street

The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the charming account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl, and her family, in the desert country of north-west Australia. Simultaneously delightful tales of...

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Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter

Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter

Adeline Yen Mah

Jung-ling's family considers her bad luck because her mother died giving birth to her. They discriminate against her and make her feel unwanted yet she yearns and continuously strives for her parents' love. Her stepmother is...

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