10 Back-to-School Books That Will Inspire Readers of All Ages

These stories of overcoming challenges and prejudices will make any reader think fondly of their school days—past, present or future.

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Buy Yale Needs Women at Amazon

Yale Needs Women

By Anne Gardiner Perkins

Buy The Past That Would Not Die at Amazon

The Past That Would Not Die

By Walter Lord

Buy A School of Our Own at Amazon

A School of Our Own

By Samuel Levin and Susan Engel

Buy The Game Changers at Amazon

The Game Changers

By Jeff Miller

Buy Sugarcane Academy at Amazon

Sugarcane Academy

By Michael Tisserand

Buy I am Malala at Amazon

I am Malala

By Malala Yousafazi with Christina Lamb

Buy A Girl Stands at the Door at Amazon

A Girl Stands at the Door

By Rachel Devlin

Buy Reading Lolita in Tehran at Amazon

Reading Lolita in Tehran

By Azar Nafasi

Buy Behind the Beautiful Forevers at Amazon

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

By Katherine Boo