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The Freedom Writers Diary

How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

By The Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell, Zlata Filipovic

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 December 2006

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students–whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims of abuse–Gruwell was the first person to treat them with dignity, to believe in their potential and help them see it themselves. Soon, their loyalty towards their teacher and burning enthusiasm to help end violence and intolerance became a force of its own. Inspired by reading The Diary of Anne Frank and meeting Zlata Filipovic (the eleven-year old girl who wrote of her life in Sarajevo during the civil war), the students began a joint diary of their inner-city upbringings. Told through anonymous entries to protect their identities and allow for complete candor, The Freedom Writers Diary is filled with astounding vignettes from 150 students who, like civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders, heard society tell them where to go–and refused to listen.

Proceeds from this book benefit the Freedom Writers Foundation, an organization set up to provide scholarships for underprivieged youth and to train teachers

EAN: 9780767924900
ISBN: 0767924908
Publisher: Broadway Books
Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2.2 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Alike, many books that are turned into movies it is certainly a better read than viewing. Akin, to Pay It Forward by Catherine Hyde the book brings about the sentiment that one person can make a difference by simply making a change in their personal mindset and attitude to others not just in thought but also in deed. It is an inspirational read of the transformations in the lives of a classroom of students.

Of course, the Freedom Writers Diary also has a somewhat closer grip on reality and there are disappointments and setbacks experienced all along the way than the fictional Pay It Forward and this is what makes it such a great read. Unlike 'change the world' fiction this book reflects our own lives in that when we set out to achieve a goal there will always be challenges along the way whether direct to the goal or in another area of our lives.

This was a personally convicting read and pushed me to spend some time working on some of the more challenging aspects of my own life and it was well worth the read. Be sure to add this collection of diary entries to your reading list and be challenged for yourself.

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