The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary

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

Book - 1999
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Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.

As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of "unteachable, at-risk" students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust--only to be met by uncomprehending looks.

So she and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the "Freedom Writers" in homage to the civil rights activists "The Freedom Riders."

With funds raised by a "Read-a-thon for Tolerance," they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell's students were "the real heroes." Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition--appearances on "Prime Time Live" and "All Things Considered," coverage in People magazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley--and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college.

With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students.

Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organization set up to pay for the Freedom Writers' college tuition.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c1999
Edition: 1st ed., Movie-tie-in ed. --
ISBN: 9780385494229
038549422X
9780767924900
Branch Call Number: 305.235 FRE
Additional Contributors: Gruwell, Erin

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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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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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