Memoirs and Biographies for Adventuresome Readers

Sometimes the best inspiration for your own life comes from reading about others.  You could follow Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, fight for civil rights like Malcolm X or chart your own path to fame and glory.  Whatever experiences your own life brings the real life characters in these books are sure to provide inspiration and adventure.


Honor Girl

Fifteen year old Maggie has spent every year of her life at a summer camp for girls. Everyone at Camp Bellflower wears a uniform, and plays along with the the hokey traditions.  It has been the site of many of Maggie’s best childhood memories for the friends she’s made and because it’s comfortable and predictable.  But all that changes after a budding relationship with an older camper throws everything into a new perspective. Now Maggie must struggle with new feelings about who she is and what she wants from life and love against the back-drop of her home away from home.

Taking Flight From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Michaela DePrince lived the first few years of her life in war-torn Sierra Leone until she was adopted by an American Family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.


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 popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall, one of the most recognized scientists in the Western world, became internationally famous because of her ability to observe and connect with another species. A girl of humble beginnings and training, she made scientific breakthroughs thought impossible by more experienced field observers when she was only in her twenties. Then these animals shaped Jane’s life: she began tirelessly fighting to protect the environment so that chimpanzees and other animals will continue have a place and a future on our planet.