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It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Noah, Trevor (Author)
Penguin Random House 2019. 296 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Apartheid, Black history, coming of age, entertainers, humour, identity, memoir, mothers and sons, oppression, overcoming adversity, racism, segregation, South Africa
 
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A Stranger at Home

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Amini-Holmes, Liz (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2011. 124 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, courage, family life, first-person narration, Indigenous peoples, Inuit, loneliness, memoir, perseverance, residential schools, resilience
 
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UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir

Lindin, Emily (Author)
Zest Books 2015. 272 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1990s, bullying, diaries, empowerment, feminism, first-person narration, footnotes, gender roles, memoir, mental health, school life, sexuality, social media, stereotypes
 
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The Inker’s Shadow

Say, Allen (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2015. 80 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Art, biography, drawing, illustrators, immigration, isolation, Japan, kindness, memoir, overcoming adversity, prejudice, resilience
 
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Fatty Legs: A True Story

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Amini-Holmes, Liz (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2010. 106 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abuse, acceptance, courage, curiosity, illustrations (photographs), Indigenous peoples, Inuit, learning to read, loneliness, memoir, perseverance, residential schools, resilience
 
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Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood

Barakat, Ibtisam (Author)
Macmillan 2016. 184 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Childhood, children and war, cultures, discrimination, family life, first-person narration, gender roles, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, literacy, memoir, Middle East, war
 
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How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child

Uwiringiyimana, Sandra (Author)
Pesta, Abigail (Author)
HarperCollins 2017. 296 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Activism, first-person narration, gender equality, immigration, memoir, poverty, refugees, Rwanda, Sandra Uwringiyimana, social justice, war
 
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Ugly

Hoge, Robert (Author)
Robinson, Keith (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House Canada 2016. 202 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Bullying, differences, discrimination, illustrations (black and white), memoir, overcoming adversity, personal appearance, physical disabilities, resilience, self-determination, surgery
 
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A Year Without Mom

Tolstikova, Dasha (Author/Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2015. 168 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Childhood, Communism, family life, friendship, love, memoir, mothers and daughters, Russia
 
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A Bag of Marbles

Joffo, Joseph (Author)
Kris (Author)
Bailly, Vincent (Illustrator)
Lerner 2013. 128 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Brothers, discrimination, family life, France, Jewish history, memoir, persecution, resourcefulness, street life, World War II
 
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A Glass

Delessert, Étienne (Author/Illustrator)
Creative Editions 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adoption, cultures, family life, love, memoir, mothers and sons, symbolism
 
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March: Book Three

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2016. 256 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: 1960s, African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (black and white), John Lewis, memoir, peaceful protests, segregation, voting rights
 
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March: Book Two

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2015. 192 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (black and white), John Lewis, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., memoir, peaceful protests, racism, segregation, sequels
 
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Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier

Barroux (Author/Illustrator)
Phoenix Yard Books 2014. 96 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Diaries, France, illustrations (monochrome), memoir, military history, primary documents, soldiers, war, World War I
 
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Honor Girl

Thrash, Maggie (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2015. 270 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Diversity, first romantic relationships, friendship, LGBTQ, memoir, self-actualization, sexual identity, summer camps
 
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Busker: Stories From the Streets of Paris

Coleman, Nisha (Author)
Hagios Press 2015. 256 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cultures, first-person narration, France, friendship, identity, languages, memoir, music, Paris (France), self-discovery, self-reliance, short stories, street life, travel, violins
 
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Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me

Mapa, Lorina (Author/Illustrator)
Conundrum Press 2017. 136 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: 1980s, Canada, discography, fathers and daughters, graphic biography, illustrations (black and white), immigration, loss, memoir, Philippines
 
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Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

Samanci, Özge (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 192 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Artists, creativity, family life, illustrations (collage), memoir, self-discovery, Turkey
 
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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Sís, Peter (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2007. 52 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Childhood, Communism, Czech Republic, dictatorship, freedom, growing up, illustrations (ink), memoir, Peter Sís
 
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Stitches: A Memoir

Small, David (Author/Illustrator)
McClelland & Stewart 2010. 336 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Abuse, childhood, Detroit (Michigan), dysfunctional families, fathers and sons, memoir, resilience, survival, voice
 
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Brown Girl Dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline (Author)
Penguin Random House 2014. 338 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, childhood, city and country life, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, Jacqueline Woodson, memoir, novels in verse, prejudice, United States
 
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Nobody Cries at Bingo

Dumont, Dawn (Author)
Thistledown Press 2011. 306 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Discrimination, diversity, family life, First Nation reservations, first-person narration, Indigenous peoples, memoir, Saskatchewan, school life, social justice, stereotypes, violence, women
 
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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar

Richards, Keith (Author)
Harris, Barnaby (Author)
Shapiro, Bill (Author)
Richards, Theodora (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2014. 36 pages + 1 CD
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Inspiration, intergenerational relationships, Keith Richards, memoir, musicians, perseverance
 
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The Complete Persepolis

Satrapi, Marjane (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2007. 344 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Feminism, freedom, identity, illustrations (black and white), Iran, Islam, memoir, politics, religions, revolution
 
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The Bite of the Mango

Kamara, Mariatu (Author)
McClelland, Susan (Author)
Annick Press 2008. 216 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Amputees, civil war, cultures, diversity, Mariatu Kamara, memoir, refugees, resilience, Sierra Leone, survival
 
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Long Red Hair

Fitzgerald, Meagz (Author/Illustrator)
Conundrum Press 2015. 96 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Bullying, diversity, family life, identity, LGBTQ, memoir, pop culture, romantic relationships, sexual identity, sexuality
 
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The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Long, Mark (Author)
Demonakos, Jim (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2012. 202 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, brothers and sisters, civil rights, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), Mark Long, memoir, racism, segregation, social justice
 
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March: Book One

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2013. 128 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (monochrome), John Lewis, memoir, peaceful protests, racism, segregation
 
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Blankets

Thompson, Craig (Author/Illustrator)
Drawn & Quarterly 2015. 592 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, dysfunctional families, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, identity, illustrations (black and white), memoir, religions
 
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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Prince, Liz (Author/Illustrator)
Zest Books 2014. 256 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Body image, bullying, first-person narration, gender roles, identity, illustrations (black and white), memoir, relationships, stereotypes
 
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The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life

Ehlert, Lois (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 68 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Artists, authors, illustrating, illustrations (collage), illustrators, Lois Ehlert, memoir
 
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Baseball Bats for Christmas

Kusugak, Michael (Author)
Krykorka, Vladyana (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2006. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Arctic, baseball, Christmas, family life, gifts, Inuit, memoir
 
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Pink and Say

Polacco, Patricia (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1994. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, American Civil War, friendship, memoir, oral history, slavery, soldiers
 
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Memoirs of a Goldfish

Scillian, Devin (Author)
Bowers, Tim (Illustrator)
Sleeping Bear Press 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Diaries, first-person narration, fish, friendship, humour, loneliness, memoir, point of view, transformation
 
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