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The Freedom Writers, with Erin Gruwell. The Freedom Writers Diary; how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them.

THE FREEDOM WRITERS, with Erin Gruwell. The Freedom Writers Diary; how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them. Read by Dominic Hoffman, Bahni Turpin, Cassandra Campbell. 8 cds. 9 hrs. Books on Tape. 1999/2006. 1-4159-2864-9. $81.00. Vinyl; content notes. SA *

They were the 9th graders nobody wanted, and they knew it--a squabbling, resistant, multicultural amalgam of every teacher's worst nightmares. They included emigrants from war-torn lands, home-grown products of abuse and neglect, gang-affiliated, disaffected malcontents for whom guns, drugs, prison and death were a way of life, and the learning disabled. "Too young and too white," was how the class saw English teacher Erin Gruwell. "She won't last a month." But the 23-year-old rookie was determined to make a difference. With a creative energy that defied odds and disconcerted less dedicated coworkers, Gruwell pushed aside the standard curriculum, took up the theme of "tolerance" and set the students to keeping diaries and learning about other teenagers who refused to succumb to the hate everywhere around them.

This astonishing collection of diary excerpts bears witness to what YAs can accomplish when guided by a teacher who cares. The multiple readers sound young, earnest and refreshingly natural. Francine Levitov, New York, NY

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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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