Autobiographies for Grades 6–8

For more autobiographies and memoirs, try a catalog search on "Autobiography," "Diaries," "Memoir," or "Personal Narratives." In addition, most youth autobiographies have a blue "Autobiography" sticker on their spine.
Y362.1 AB My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir    (A young woman copes with an undiagnosed learning disability.)
Y921 Ada Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba    (A young girl's experiences in 1940s Cuba.)
Y956.95 BA Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood    (A girl's experiences during the Six-Day War and its aftermath.)
Y921 Douglas Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith    (The story of Gabby Douglas, gold medal winner in women's gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics and first African-American to achieve that distinction.)
Y921 Douglass Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words    (A slave grows up to be an abolitionist, journalist, and statesman. )
Y921 Fleischman The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life    (The life of a Newbery award-winning author who set out from childhood to be a magician.)
Y921 Frank The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition    (A Jewish girl's experiences of living in hiding from the Nazis.)
Y921 Hamilton Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board    (A teenage surfer loses her arm in a shark attack, but that doesn't stop her from from returning to the sport she loves.)
Y921 Hautzig The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia    (A Polish girl's family is arrested by the Russians in 1941 and shipped to Siberia, where they fight to stay alive.)
Y921 Hernandez They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth    (A young political intern saves the life of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Gifford after she is shot during the 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona.)
Y921 Jemison Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life    (The life story of Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space.)
Y951.05 JI Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution    (A terrifying time in history for a young Chinese girl's family.)
Y940.53 KO Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz    (Twin sisters survive the medical experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele in the Auschwitz concentration camp.)
Y921 Lang Lang Lang: Playing with Flying Keys    (The difficult and often thrilling early days in China of one of the world's renowned pianists.)
Y940.53 LA Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II    (A girl's experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II.)
Y967.62 LE Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna    (A young boy comes of age in a Kenyan village before traveling to America to attend college.)
Y921 Lewin I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler    (A teen boy supports himself as a professional wrestler in the 1950s.)
Y921 Lu Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan    (A young orphan struggles as he is passed from one relative to another and even sold to a Communist couple.)
Y921 MacDonald Dropping in with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder    (A young man becomes a professional skater.)
Y355 MA In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel    (A young woman becomes the first female graduate of the Citadel, a historically all-male military college.)
Y921 Medicine Crow Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond    (A young man grows up in two worlds: according to Crow Indian traditions and according to white society's rules.)
Y921 Myers Bad Boy: A Memoir    (An award-winning author's turbulent adolescence in Harlem.)
Y949.703 OG Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady    (An Air Force captain, shot down over Bosnia, survives on his own in enemy territory.)
Y921 Ohno A Journey: The Autobiography of Apolo Anton Ohno    (A young speed skater rises to Olympic stardom.)
Y796.522 PF Within Reach: My Everest Story    (A teen's experiences climbing mountains all over the world, including Mount Everest. )
Y323.1 ST Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me    (Stokes and other African-American students become part of a lawsuit that led to the end of segregation in America.)
Y921 Uchida The Invisible Thread    (A Japanese-American girl and her family are interned in a Nevada concentration camp during World War II.)
Y970.1 WE Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from A Native American Childhood    (A Pawnee girl is sent to live on a Navajo reservation and then a government boarding school.)
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