The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World around Them

The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World around Them

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By (author) Freedom Writers, By (author) Erin Gruwell

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Ten years ago, 'The Freedom Writers Diary' was published and soon became an international sensation. Today, the incredible journey continues. This special anniversary edition features a new afterword from Erin Gruwell and ten new entries from Freedom Writers who have grown from troubled teens into productive adults.

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ERIN GRUWELL, the Freedom Writers, and her nonprofit organization have received many awards, including the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award, and have appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show, Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, "and The View, to name a few. All 150 Freedom Writers went on to graduate from Wilson High. She lives in Long Beach, California.

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By shayla lavalley 27 Jun 2013 5

ok soo is your name really Mrs. G?

By TeensReadToo 19 Sep 2010 5

This is the book that the movie "The Freedom Writers" is based on. These are the diaries of the students put into one book.

There are no names used in the book--each diary entry has a number, so that the students could feel free to write what they wanted without knowing exactly who wrote what. Personally, I think this is a great idea because the diary entries were very open and you could tell the students wrote exactly what they felt.

THE FREEDOM WRITERS DIARY is a truly excellent book, because everything is so real and most of The Freedom Writers had to grow up at an extremely early age. Many had their innocence taken away around the age of ten. The Rodney King riots were going on and the Columbine High School event occurred during the time of the book. These high school students had seen more murder and dead bodies then most people will ever see in their entire lives.

99% of The Freedom Writers have even been shot at. This is an extremely true and eye-opening statistic. Segregation is still an issue in the United States, even though many people don't have to deal with it. This book taught me a lot about tolerance and what happens on the streets of Long Beach, California.

*Gold Star Award Winner!