14 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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Educated

By Tara Westover

Buy A Special Education at Amazon

A Special Education

By Dana Buchman

Buy Liberating Minds at Amazon

Liberating Minds

By Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

Buy The Water Is Wide at Amazon

The Water Is Wide

By Pat Conroy

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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

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I am Malala

By Malala Yousafazi with Christina Lamb

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A Girl Stands at the Door

By Rachel Devlin

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

By Azar Nafasi

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

By Katherine Boo