The Freedom Writers Diary

Genocide & Holocaust
Race & Racism
Social Justice
Author(s):
The Freedom Writers, Zlata Filipovic, Erin Gruwell
Age Group:
15 and up
Publisher:
Broadway Books
ISBN:
978-0385494229
Year:
Genocide & Holocaust
Race & Racism
Social Justice

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.

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