The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary

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

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER & NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2007], c1999
ISBN: 9780767928335
0767928334
Additional Contributors: Gruwell, Erin

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qwel
Oct 15, 2012

Violence: A reality.

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qwel
Oct 15, 2012

Coarse Language: Has quite a few swears, but it's really worth it.

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Dec 20, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Kala_Jackson
Dec 27, 2012

is this book as good s the actully movie and i think it s and its not like hunger game how it doent relate but this book it do and you will love it i know it kinda sounds bad because it all differrent kind but all people shoul read it ... and you all will love itand it will make you cry and it is sad but i think teens should read this cause there is alot of this stuff that is going on now and we all need to get along!!!!!!!!!!!

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qwel
Oct 15, 2012

This book was AWESOME!!!!!!
I would recomend it for all teens.
It made me cry, laugh, and everything in between. :)

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Oct 15, 2012

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