This March, we’ll celebrate inspiring women from the past. It’s also a great time to recognize young women who are inspiring others in ways big and small. The following memoirs offer a range of experiences to read about; some will have you laughing, some will have your crying, but in the end they will all have you feeling proud of young women today. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifrenka and Martin Ganda

Traces the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from an impoverished region of Zimbabwe, describing how 12-year-old Caitlin wrote to an unknown student for a class assignment and shared a life-changing six-year correspondence.

 

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela dePrince

The youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem traces her extraordinary rise from being a reviled orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to becoming one of America's most accomplished ballerinas, tracing her adoption, rigorous training and high-profile performances.

 

I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt, and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize

 

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Documents a high school student's year-long attempt to change her social status from that of a misfit to a member of the "in" crowd by following advice in a 1950s popularity guide, an experiment that triggered embarrassment, humor and unexpected surprises.

 

Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding My Hope, and Living to Change the World by Paige Rawl

A teen survivor of bullying describes how her HIV positive status was discovered at school and made her the target of abuse by peers and school officials, actions that prompted a suicide attempt and subsequent dedication to advocacy. 

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