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Biographies

Biographies are on lots of school booklists, but they can also be popular leisure reading choices for teens. They often feature real-life characters who have overcome adversity — a theme teens are drawn to again and again. This list features biographies of the famous, infamous, and not-so-famous!

Our Eleanor

Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life

Candace Fleming
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography
Published:
2005
High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy

High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy

Deborah Heiligman
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2003
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ismael Beah
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2007

Greatest Stars of the NBA Series

National Basketball Association, Tokyopop
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2004
Persepolis

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi
Age Level:
Adult
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2000
A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

Michelle Green
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography
Published:
2004
Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth

Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth

James Giblin
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2005
Hole in My Life

Hole in My Life

Jack Gantos
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir
Published:
2002
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science

John Fleischman
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2002
Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini

Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini

Sid Fleischman
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2006
Genre:
Biography