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Publisher Description


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.

Professional & Technical
October 12
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Snm604 ,

Better than most

Most of the books my school picks for summer reading are pretty lame, so when I saw that this was an option and read the description I was pretty excited. The first half of the book did not disappoint. Every kid had a different hardship and story that kept me interested and there was always something I, or anyone else, could relate to. However, the latter half left me unsatisfied. It was boring and basically the same thing was repeated over and over for the last 50 or so diary entries. Yes, (spoiler alert) everyone graduated and lived happily ever after. Good for them, but I don't need to hear about the same exact thing 50 times, just slightly reworded each time. But if you like a good, heartwarming story about the average high schooler packed with cheesy life lessons, go for it.

0g.nyiaa ,

Movies was great now the book

The book was outstanding the movie was very powerful and emotional I love the freedom writers

gelamadrigal ,

The Freedom Writers

Best book I have read about teenagers in trouble with the public schools system. I am originally from Long Beach, CA and was actually a student at Wilson High from 1993-1994 & had to drop out of high school cause of a 2nd pregnancy. This book is amazing because of how I relate to some of the stories in the students diaries. Thank God my mother moved to Northern CA and I was able to graduate from high school take a short course and ended up finding an awesome job working for the Federal Government. Now my girls are age 19 & 20 both graduates and now in college best feeling ever. Now I need to visit The Freedom Writers Foundation and donate cash for the best of other needed students. I have also referred other co-workers to purchase the book and donate to foundation to assist those in need. Love & will continue to encourage other to share the wealth. I must say this books was actually read by my son a few years ago and I kept putting it aside to read until now. I must admit that I was scared to picture my self back in the days or admitting to some of these awful things that I was part off back then. My son now 18 loves reading and failed in love with this book & Anne Franks Diary. So Thanks to my baby boy for the recommendation.

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