What are the best memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies for middle school readers?

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    #1Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

    Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

    Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different is a biography written by Karen Blumenthal detailing the life of the famous innovator Steve Jobs, most famously known for his hand in the invention of the Apple products.

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    Megan Hernandez
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Excellent book. It shows the creative nature of character that a business person can learn in order to be successful. Gives you a wise sense of how being different is a better way of being."
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    #2My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir

    My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir
    My Thirteenth Winter is a heart-warming memoir written by Samantha Abeel. She was a straight-A student despite her learning disability that makes it hard for her to compute even the simplest math problems.
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    Ashley Myers
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Good memoir that I would recommend to most people, it's a very solid one and I think it offers a lot. "
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    #3Dan and Phil Go Outside

    Dan and Phil Go Outside

    Dan and Phil Go Outside is a book detailing the adventures of Youtube celebrities Dan Howell and Phil Lester outside the comforts of their home studios. This book is a follow up to the pair's bestseller, The Amazing Book is Not on Fire.

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    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Dan and Phil Go Outside is an interesting read about some youtube personalities. The book is alright, and I finished it pretty quickly, but in the end, I didn't really care too much about the content. The book is forgettable."
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    #4Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings

    Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings
    Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings is a poetic memoir written by Cuban Margarite Engle and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. It won the Pure Belpre Author award, the Walter Dean Myers Award and was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist.
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    Louis Ruiz
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings is a really heartfelt poetic memoir that was great to read. I found it to be one of the most memorable memoir's that I have read and the illustrations were very imaginative. "
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    #5Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like A Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself is an inspirational biography written by Jennie Finch, an accomplished athlete for the USA. The book aims to show how sports can help girls improve on every aspect of life.

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    Zachary Green
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book has a good message. Athletic competition makes women much better. It helps them understand that life isn't fair and they are responsible for their individual actions."
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    #6I Am Malala

    I Am Malala

    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog on BBC Urdu about how life was in the Swat Valley during the Taliban control. In 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's bus to school and shot her in the face, but Malala survived, sparking solidarity across Pakistan and globally. 

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    Andrea Welch
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "My daughter wanted to read about more girls like her, so I gave her this book. She loved it! Malala's life is fascinating, and there's so many good insights to gain from her writing. It's exciting, but not too difficult for a bright middle schooler to understand."
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    #7Red Scarf Girl

    Red Scarf Girl

    Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution is a memoir written by Ji-li Jiang about her experience during the years of Mao Ze-dong's rule in China. It won the ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

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    Karen Sanchez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a mesmerizing horror story of how people turn on one another and make some in a society less than human. It reminds you of the slavery in the American south, Hitler's Germany and many other instances of when a group of people are treated as less than human. What makes this book so special is that is told through the innocent eyes of a child. A must read! "
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    #8Guts

    Guts
    Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books is an autobiography on how the famous author Gary Paulsen came up with the remarkable story of the Hatchet and Brian Roberson. 
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    Bella Zeng
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "If you or your children are fans of Gary Paulsen books such as Hatchet and the Brian Books, then Guts is for you. It is interesting for both adults and children. Paulsen discussing is inspiration for his books and the different adventures he has experienced in real life. "
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    #9Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy is a well-praised biography of the baseball legend Sandy Koufax, written by Jane Leavy. The book was published on September 2nd, 2003 by Harper Perennial.

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    Samuel Carroll
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "As a young lad raised in the L. A. area, I was totally stoked when my dad took me to a Dodgers game. Sandy Koufax pitched another no hitter! This book it a great read if you're into baseball and one of the greatest players to ever pitch!"
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    #10Veeck--As In Wreck

    Veeck--As In Wreck
    Veeck--As In Wreck is a classic autobiography of Bill Veeck, one of the greatest baseball men in history. The memoir was published on May 24th, 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.
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    Amber Ryan
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "classic autobiography of Bill Veeck. Tells the story of him when he played baseball and he has an interesting life story that makes me interested. The book is kind of long, but It is very interesting to read and learn on how Bill became famous and good in baseball."
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    #11Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

    Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

    Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe is written by Anthony Summers on her rollercoaster life, divided secret life, and death. It also includes her affair with John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy. 

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    James Stevens
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "In Goddess, the biographical book by Anthony Summers, he takes you on a journey through Marilyn Monroe's life, divulging the celebs inner workings that come with stardom. In this short biopic Summers details the life of stardom and political intrigue. This book in my humble opinion with it's dense & graphic nature is unsuitable for a Middle School read and more in line with High School."
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    #12Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor

    Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor

    Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor is a book advice from theatre veteran, Jack Garfein whose insight can only be gained by experience as both a teacher and practitioner. The book was published on June 30th, 2010 by Northwestern University Press.
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    Jack Henderson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Add: In Life and Acting, Garfein distills his experience into a holistic technique for learning and teaching. "
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    #13Ghosts of Manila

    Ghosts of Manila

    Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier is a book written by sportswriter Mark Kram that colorfully narrates the whole spectrum of one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

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    Sofía Trujillo
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Love this book by an author that spent time with Ali and can tell the tale. I couldn't put this book down as I was caught in ready the feud of Ali and Frazier."
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    #14Hands of Stone

    Hands of Stone
    Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran is a biography by Christian Guidice about the life of one of the best-known boxing icons. The book is the first biography about Duran and has become a basis of films about the boxer.
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    Benjamin Riley
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This book tells the real story of the great puncher Roberto Duran, this book is amazing because it describe in details the story, and i can say this is a motivation for the future puncher top work hard and achieve their dreams. "
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    #15The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis

    The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis

    The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph Over Cystic Fibrosis is a memoir written by Isabel Stenzel Byrnes and Anabel Stenzel. Originally published in 2007 by University of Missouri, it focuses on the authors' experiences with cystic fibrosis.

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    Martha Hunter
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "While the story was very inspirational, I felt it was a little mature for my middle school child. I think it's better suited towards adults or maybe older readers. Still a good book, in my opinion."
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    #16The Pot That Juan Built

    The Pot That Juan Built

    The Pot That Juan Built is a children's book written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel and illustrated by David Diaz. It is a biography of the acclaimed Mexican potter, Juan Quezada. It also includes an overview on how to make clay pots.

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    Steven Jones
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a neat little book that's great for children with an interest in pottery, crafts and art. The design and layout of the book is a little weird, though and it might have been better served by separating the story elements from the instructional ones. It may be a bit too simple for older middle school students, though. "
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    #17The Stones Applaud: How Cystic Fibrosis Shaped My Childhood

    The Stones Applaud: How Cystic Fibrosis Shaped My Childhood

    The Stones Applaud: How Cystic Fibrosis Shaped My Childhood is a memoir written by Teresa Anne Mullin. Originally published in 2007, it focuses on the author's experience who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at four years of age.

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    Nicole Thompson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "If your middle schooler is into reading memoirs, I would recommend The Stones Applaud: How Cystic Fibrosis Shaped My Childhood. This book is written by Teresa Anne Mullin and deals with struggles of cystic fibrosis."
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    #18My Life in Art

    My Life in Art

    My Life in Art is the breathtaking autobiography by  Konstantin Stanislavsky, one of the most important people in the world of theatre. It was published on October 8th, 2004 by University Press of the Pacific.

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    Terry Beck
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "My Life in Art is one of the best autobiographies there is to read! It will take you into the world and the mind of Konstantin Stanislavsky. He is one of the most prominent figures in the history of theater. This is an amazing book!"
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    #19Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II is a non-fiction account of the survivors of Gremlin Special Crash. Written by Mitchell Zuckoff and published by Harper.

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    Albert Hicks
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a great WWII story for students as it shows a different experience in WWII. A great adventure story that is far off the beaten path of what you would expect. Great read!"
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    #20Breathing for a Living: A Memoir

    Breathing for a Living: A Memoir

    Breathing for a Living: A Memoir is a memoir written by Laura Rothenberg. Originally published in 2003 by Hachette Books, it focuses on the author's experiences in living with cystic fibrosis.

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    Jerry Medina
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I thought this was very good, and a great read. You really feel the story coming alive as you read it. I felt like I was right along with Laura. I think someone in the medical field would get a great appreciation of this book."
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    #21Slaying the Badger

    Slaying the Badger

    Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France is a non-fiction book about cycling that is written by Richard Moore. Originally published in 2011, it focuses on arguably the best Tour de France edition ever.

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    Sandra Ellis
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Tour de France is sport's most compelling battle -- an annual cauldron of heroism and treachery, spectacle and controversy, mind-games and endurance. But the 1986 Tour stands out as the year in which a show-stopping rivalry had spectators across the world gripped. When Greg LeMond -- a blue-eyed, blonde-haired Californian boy, dubbed 'L'American' -- won the 1986 Tour, he made history. The first non-European to win the Yellow Jersey, he broke the Old World stranglehold and changed the face of the competition. But LeMond's victory was hard won. It was seemingly snatched from the jaws of the man ominously dubbed 'The Badger'. Frenchman Bernard 'Le Blaireau' Hinault was five times winner of the Tour and as tough as boots. After winning the 1985 Tour, in which LeMond came a close second, Hinault vowed to return for one final Tour, and with a single purpose: to help LeMond win. But could Hinault be trusted? As the race circled France, he repeatedly attacked LeMond. Hinault claimed to the press that his apparent treachery was merely intended to make LeMond stronger. But LeMond, who didn't believe him, became increasingly fearful, anxious and paranoid. The Tour is renowned for its psychological complexity - but what played out in 1986 was unheard of. Why was Hinault putting his own teammate in jeopardy? Would LeMond crack under the pressure? Something sinister was going on but no one - not even LeMond -- knew quite what."
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    #22Robyn's Book: A True Diary

    Robyn's Book: A True Diary

    Robyn's Book: A True Diary is a memoir written by Robyn Miller. Originally published in 2003 by Scholastic, it focuses on the author's experiences in living with cystic fibrosis.

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    Óscar Suárez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Robyn's Book is a good read for those whose reading is around the middle school level. First made to tell the story of Robyn's battle with cystic fibrosis, this book imparts a sense of understanding of the bravery that people who go through this condition embody."
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    #23The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a book by Benjamin Franklin that tells the story of his life. He shared his life lessons and how he got passed through all the struggles he had as an individual.

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    Alan Guo
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "The old gray owl himself Mr Benjamin Franklin writes this thrilling tale . It has information abounded. I can't believe some of the things in here. I didn't know he had a son. Pretty crazy. This is a really great read from first page to last page. What an experience!"
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    #24Last Night at the Viper Room

    Last Night at the Viper Room

    Last Night at the Viper Room is a biography of the American actor River Phoenix, written by Gavin Edwards. It chronicles Phoenix's life, who was well on his way to becoming a Hollywood A-lister before his untimely death.

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    Benjamín Báez
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind is the biography of River Phoenix. It is written by Gavin Edwards and is available from Amazon for $10.47. If you are a fan of River Phoenix then this is probably a must for you. I never was a fan so it doesn't really appeal to me much. It is a matter of personal taste. I would say it probably does fit the topic for most people."
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    #25Aviation Disasters

    Aviation Disasters
    Aviation Disasters: The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes Since 1950 is a non-fiction history book on aviation accidents written by David Gero. With over 300 pages, this book is published by The History Press.

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    Carol Boyd
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "this is not a representation of best memoirs , autobiographies and biographies for middle school readers , this example given was about aviation disasters i dont agree with the solution "
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    #26Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir

    Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir

    Sixty-Five Roses: A Sister's Memoir is a memoir written by Heather Summerhayes Cariou with the foreword supplied by Celine Dion. Published in 2008, it focuses on the story of two sisters growing up with cystic fibrosis.

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    Janet Gray
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "While this is an interesting biography about dealing with cystic fibrosis, I don't think it's a good match for middle school readers at all. They'd probably find it boring, and it is much too long for them. I'd recommend this more for an adult interested in the topic. "
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    #27An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Integrity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything is an autobiography written by Col. Chris Hadfield. Published in 2013.

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    Ajay Dasgupta
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Astronauts, over the course of their unique work and experience, tend to developed different perspective of life philosophy. I think this is due to the fact that when they see the spectrum of the universe and earth from above, they see themselves as only a grain of sand in the entire cosmos which is trying to comprehend everything about it. This grants them humility and humbleness and tendency to appreciate even small things in life. I would always appreciate an astronaut's philosophical insight, aside from technical, whose I find to be unique"
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    #28Just Checking: Scenes From the life of an obsessive-compulsive

    Just Checking: Scenes From the life of an obsessive-compulsive

    Just Checking: Scenes From the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive is written by Emily Colas which shares an account of what it is like living with a full-blown case of OCD also known as obsessive-compulsive disorder.  

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    Debra Howard
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I know a couple of people who lives with this problem. Therefore it was interesting to find out how they have to live. It is a very good health documentary to read. Good information."
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    #29Alex: The Life of a Child

    Alex: The Life of a Child

    Alex: The Life of a Child is a memoir written by Frank Deford. Published in 1997 by Thomas Nelson, it focuses on the story of of Alexandra Deford, a girl who died in 1980 after her battle with cystic fibrosis.

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    Robert Castillo
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The best memoir, autobiography, and biography for middle school readers is Alex: The Life of a Child by Thomas Nelson. It is the story of Alexandra Deford, a young girl who died after battling cystic fibrosis. Written by her father Frank Deford, her story touched thousands and helped other families dealing with the disease."
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    #30Smokey

    Smokey

    Smokey: Inside My Life is an autobiography written by legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson with help from David Ritz. It was first published in February 1989.

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    Debra Dixon
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Smokey: Inside My Life is an autobiography written by R&B singer Smokey Robinson. This book is well written and get a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. This book is geared towards middle school readers but will really appeal to anyone, Very interesting and well written."
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    #31George Washington: Our First Leader

    George Washington: Our First Leader

    George Washington: Our First Leader is a biography written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by E. Joseph Dreany. It features the narrative on the childhood of George Washingon and his preparation to lead the country.

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    Jack Burns
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "George Washington: Our First Leader is a really great biography for older children or young adults to read. It's a pretty easy read and informative."
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    #32Passing for Normal

    Passing for Normal

    Passing for normal: Tourette's, OCD and growing up crazy is a memoir written by Amy Wilensky wherein she shares her life experience with Tourette’s syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Katherine Wilson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Excellent choice for middle school readers when they are asked to read either a memoir or biography. In this day and age there are so many students that either have problems such as these or know someone that does that this book cannot go wrong as a necessary read. It shows that everyone is different yet the same - all at the same time. "
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    #33Sliding Into Home

    Sliding Into Home

    Sliding Into Home is a book written by the former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner, Kendra Wilkinson. Sliding Into Home was published on July 6, 2010 by Gallery Books.

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    Abhinav Kapur
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Kendra is honest and truthful in her expose of her life as a model for Playboy and her relationship with Hugh Hefner. It's not really the sort of thing I'd recommend for middle schoolers. There are probably more inspiring people for them to read about."
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    #34Models of My Life

    Models of My Life

    Models of My Life is a book by Herbert Simon that tells the story of Simon's life. He shared how he studied so hard that he became a scholar and won a Noble price because of all his hard work. 

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    Lorena Vásquez
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Information sciences are very important, especially in today's climate. This book, written by Herbert A. Simon, is the perfect solution for wanting to know a more in-depth take on information sciences. "
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    #35I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD

    I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD

    I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD is a memoir written by J.J. Keeler wherein she chronicles her experiences and challenges of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Rosa María Villalobos
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Seems like pointless drivel to me, not really that great a book, nor really was it worth writing."
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    #36My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me

    My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me

    My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me is based on a true story of Amanda Green which she wrote after suffering OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder which manifested during her life in her thirties. 

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    Víctor Juárez
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "while this is a good book, it might not be appropriate for most middle school aged readers!"
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    #37We Pointed Them North

    We Pointed Them North
    We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher is a biography of E.C. Abbott written by Helena Huntington Smith. It had illustrations from Nick Eggenhofer. It is about a Texan cowboy who moved to Montana.
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    Marcela Muñiz
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This was a very interesting book. My son loved it. He couldn't put it down. He said it was a great book to read. "
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    #38Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

    Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

    Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery is a memoir written by astronaut Scott Kelly. It was published in October 2017 and became a National Best Seller book. It is about Kelly's year-long stay in the International Space Station.

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    Phillip Lawson
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is a great memoir for middle school kids. It wouldn't be fair to say that it is the best but it is pretty good."
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    #39Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams is a biography book written by Nick Webb detailing the life of the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was published in 2005, 4 years after Adams' death.

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    Amber Hou
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I had a child I was teaching tell me that they had watched the more amazing movie. I expected something a little more comical, but when they told me it was The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and she asked if it was ok to do a book report on the book and author for extra credit. Every day it seemed, she would come to me with Wish You Were Here, a book on the author's life. It made me want to read the book, to be honest! "
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    #40North Spirit

    North Spirit

    North Spirit: Sojourns Among the Cree and Ojibway is a memoir written by bestselling author Paulette Jiles. It was published in October 2000. It is about her attempt to run a station despite the cold harsh weather in Northern Ontario.

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    Catherine Jackson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is very highly underrated. It is so well written and engaging, that I'm surprised it hasn't received more praise than it currently has. It's about the aboriginal people's in Canada and their daily struggles. I felt as though I was taking the journey with the characters in the book. The plot and character development are written so well, you feel as though you are one of the characters. It was very engaging, so much so that I couldn't put it down. This is a great book for an even better price. "
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    #41Cousins

    Cousins
    Cousins is a memoir written by bestselling novelist Paulette Jiles. It was first published in March 1992. It is about the author's youth, particularly her meeting with Jim Johnson and the pair's search for her cousins.
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    Anna Tran
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is beautifully, humorously and dramatically written. It was hard for me to put down."
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    #42Rocketman

    Rocketman

    Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond is a biography written by Nancy Conrad and Howard A. Klausner about Pete Conrad. It has an introduction from astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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    Roger Turner
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "INTRESTING"
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    #43Unreasonable Men

    Unreasonable Men

    Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics is written by Michael Wolraich. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Martha Day
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I actually think this solution is pretty good. It goes right along with what middle school kids should be learning about so I like it."
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    #44Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman
    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman is a classic biography written by Stefan Zweig. This book is translated by M. Eden Paul and Cedar Paul. First published in 1932, this book is published in 2002 by Grove Press.
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    María Ortega
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book, while listed as a memoir is more of a historical fiction. It is suitable for younger readers, but not always the most historically accurate."
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    #45First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

    First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

    First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong is a biography written by James R. Hansen detailing the life of the first man who stepped on the moon. It is the basis of the upcoming film of the same name.

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    Alexander Cooper
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Middle school kids learn a lot about Neil Armstrong. This is the perfect for them. It's well written and a very unique read."
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    #46Wait Till Next Year

    Wait Till Next Year

    Wait Till Next Year is a touching memoir of Doris Kearns Goodwin where we learn about his love for baseball and the people who have touched his life. The novel was published on June 2nd, 1998 by Simon Schuster.

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    Timothy Obrien
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Not all of us are baseball fans but when Doris Kearns Goodwin writes about baseball it becomes enjoyable and exciting. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a superb writer and can take almost any subject and make it interesting to most readers. Wait Till Next Year is no exception."
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    #47Controversially Yours

    Controversially Yours

    Controversially Yours is an autobiography by Shoaib Akhtar, one of the most renowned people in the field of cricket. The novel was published on September 25th, 2011 by Harper Collins India. 

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    Kenneth Tran
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "If you enjoy cricket the way I do this is a must buy. A very light and fast paced book that's truly a pleasure to read."
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    #48Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike

    Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike

    Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike is a biography written by William Fotheringham. Published in 2012 by Yellow Jersey Press, it provides an in-depth view to the life of Eddy Merckx who is arguably the greatest cyclist of all time.

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    Andrés Ochoa
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I don't think Merckx is really the best choice for middle school readers. I don't think Cyclists will really hold onto their attention. You might want to go with something a little more mainstream that the kids have heard of. I know that I personally wouldn't have been engaged at that age reading this book."
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    #49Me and My Shadow: Learning to Live With Multiple Sclerosis

    Me and My Shadow: Learning to Live With Multiple Sclerosis

    Me and My Shadow: Learning to Live With Multiple Sclerosis by Carole Mackie and Sue Brattle is a biographical novel originally published in 1999. This book contains the memoirs of the author and her struggle through Multiple Sclerosis.

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    Benjamin Baker
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Me and My Shadow is quite a unique book that offers the reader a close look into how someone who multiple sclerosis. The book meets the requirements of a memoir but unfortunately multiple sclerosis isn't a topic that is favorable among middle school readers. "
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    #50Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD

    Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD

    Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD is written by Traci Foust which documents her life growing up with obsessive-compulsive disorder wherein she details everything from his childhood to her adult life. 

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    Jeffrey Walters
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD is a good read for a autobiography. "
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    #51Miracle in the Andes

    Miracle in the Andes
    Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home is a non-fiction adventure survival book written by Nando Parrado with Vince Reuse. Published in 2007 by Broadway Books.
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    Jeffrey King
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "It's a cool topic and would keep the interest of someone in middle schooler. It's a little bit graphic for someone that age but depending on the parents it could be suitable."
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    #52In the Darkroom

    In the Darkroom

    In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi is a memoir-novel originally published in June 2016 by the Henry Holt and Company. This book is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and The Kirkus Prize winner.

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    Mildred Boyd
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The book, 'In the Darkroom was a great memoir or me to read. It is well written and interesting."
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    #53Unforgivable Blackness

    Unforgivable Blackness

    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a biography written by Geoffrey C. Ward about the life of Jack Johnson, an African American boxer who angered a lot of racist Americans because he was living a good life.

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    Gregory Barnett
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Great biography if you love the sport of boxing. I loved this book and it's one of my favorite sports books ever."
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    #54Rocket Men

    Rocket Men

    Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon is a biography written by Craig Nelson that narrates the story behind the men of Apollo 11 and their mission on the moon. It became a New York Times bestseller.

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    Gregory Smith
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I think this is a really good choice for autobiographies at the middle school reading level. The content is interesting due to the nature of the Apollo 11 mission, and it is laid out in a way here that is easily digestible."
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    #55In the Line of Fire

    In the Line of Fire

    In the Line of Fire is a memoir of Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf , who as Time Magazine says, holds the most dangerous job. The novel was published on September 25th, 2006 by Free Press. 

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    Vincent Reid
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book is great to gain insight into the political instability in Pakistan but is not at a middle school readers level. Much of the subject content may be too graphic and uninteresting to a young reader. I would not recommend this book to my middle schooler."

Summary

Best What are the best memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies for middle school readers
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1Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought DifferentBooks 20 Paid
2My Thirteenth Winter: A MemoirBooks 16 Paid
3Dan and Phil Go OutsideBooks 15 Paid
4Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two WingsBooks 14 Paid
5Throw Like a GirlBooks 13 Paid
6I Am MalalaBooks 11 Paid
7Red Scarf GirlBooks 9 Paid
8GutsBooks 8 Paid
9Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's LegacyBooks 0 Paid
10Veeck--As In WreckBooks 0 Paid
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