Best Teen & Young Adult Performing Arts Biographies Books

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1. It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers)

Author: by Trevor Noah
Yearling (April 7, 2020)
English
304 pages

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The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, shares his personal story and the injustices he faced while growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid in this New York Times bestselling young readers’ adaptation of his adult memoir.

A piercing reminder that every mad life-even yours-could end up a masterpiece.” -JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling author We do horrible things to one another because we don’t see the person it affects…. We don’t see them as people.

Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child to exist.

But he did exist-and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humor to navigate a harsh life under a racist government. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself thanks to his mom’s unwavering love and indomitable will.


2. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

Author: by Michael McCreary
Annick Press
English
176 pages

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Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t look autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism looks different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain e into something empoweringand funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14, and hasn’t looked back.

This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it’s like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from McCreary’s life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.


3. JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz

Author: by JoJo Siwa
B06WVCK79P
October 3, 2017
English

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You might recognize firecracker JoJo Siwa from Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, or maybe you fell in love with her on Dance Moms. JoJo’s nonfiction middle-grade debut is the next generation’s version of a real life Cinderella story: Nebraska girl becomes Hollywood’s belle of the ball, thanks to her spunky attitude and creative drive.

Through the lens of JoJo’s personal experience and playful voice, she digs into themes such as finding your passion, keeping strong in the face of adversity, appreciating your individualism, the importance of being loyal, and never giving up. Most of all, JoJo’s story is meant to inspire young girls to find the courage and confidence to go after their dreams.Go Siwanatorz!


4. Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning

Author: by Leslie Odom Jr.
English
208 pages
1250139961

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Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor. With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible.

What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better?

These stories will inspire you, motivate you, and empower you for the greatness that lies ahead, whether you’re graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest.


5. Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Author: by Michaela DePrince
Ember
English
256 pages

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY MADONNA! The extraordinary memoir of an orphan who danced her way from war-torn Sierra Leone to ballet stardom, most recently appearing in Beyonce’s Lemonade and as a principal in a major American dance company.

“Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration! Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a devil child for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted.

But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life. At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes.

She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary First Position, as well as on Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, and Nightline.


6. The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir

Author: by Maddie Ziegler
Gallery Books
English
240 pages

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In this New York Times bestselling memoir, the incredibly talented breakout star of Dance Moms and judge on So You Think You Can Dance brings her uplifting coming-of-age story about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life.

Maddie Ziegler knew one day she’d be a starshe just didn’t know how soon that day would come. At just eight years old, she was cast on Lifetime’s hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination.

Soon, she was capturing attention from all overincluding pop superstar Sia, who cast her as her dance double in the incredibly popular music video for her hit song Chandelier. The rest, as they say, was history. In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the waystarring in music videos, going on tour, and becoming an actress in The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay.


7. Girl on Pointe: Chloe's Guide to Taking on the World

Author: by Chloe Lukasiak
English
208 pages
1681197375

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Chloe Lukasiak is a big believer that things happen for a reason. She knows that life would be easier without disappointments, bullying, and medical issues-but sometimes it takes challenges to inspire you to achieve big things. From her status as fan favorite on the hit reality television show Dance Moms through her life as a social media star with millions of fans, Chloe has found that self-acceptance and kindness are the key to getting over the rough spots in life and realizing your passions.

This full-color, heavily designed book featuring never-before-seen photos, inspirational quotes, and Chloe’s own doodles and poetry offers exclusive insight into Chloe’s world as well as a message that will inspire all readers to be their very best selves.


8. The Oracles of Our Stars

Author: by Serge Elie Seropian
English
124 pages
1777140404

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“Before we knew each other, we knew each other, we didn’t speak to one another, yet we spoke to one another, we hadn’t met, but we had known each other this whole time; and in our start, we completed each other with the void that was meant for each other our whole lives” The Oracles of Our Stars is a poetic book about the fate of all true lovers; it ultimately points to that love which goes out to find us when we are not looking for it.


9. YouTube World Records: The World's Greatest Record-Breaking Feats, Stunts and Tricks

Author: by Adrian Besley
Welbeck Publishing
English
160 pages

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YouTube World Records showcases the greatest feats ever recorded on the file-sharing website. YouTube is the world’s most-visited video sharing site, where 1bn hours of content are viewed every day. It contains a host of amazing clips, many documenting incredible feats of human endeavour and endurance.

YouTube World Records is the first, glorious interactive celebration of these heroic and often jaw-dropping efforts. Super-powered with on-the-page links to over 250 amazing videos, YouTube Records showcases the greatest feats ever recorded on the file-sharing website. From the tallest and smallest to the greatest and maddest, YouTube Records has it covered.

This unique collection contains a host of amazing feats, stunts and tricks – including pancake tossing and fiery-hot pepper eating, mega-quick drumming and unbelievable basketball slam-dunks. This is the ultimate celebration of the world’s greatest records.

10. Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Author: by Lily Collins
HarperCollins
English
240 pages

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International bestseller! In her groundbreaking debut essay collection, actress Lily CollinsGolden Globe-nominated star of Rules Don’t Apply, Mortal Instruments, and To the Boneis opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.

Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are.

She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel.

It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

11. Kenzie's Rules for Life: How to Be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat

Author: by Mackenzie Ziegler
English
256 pages
1501183575

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An inspirational, upbeat collection of relatable lessons from the teen sensation, Mackenzie Ziegleran award-winning dancer, singer/songwriter, and actress. Growing up is hard, but growing up in the spotlight is even harder. However, Mackenzie Ziegler is taking it all in stride, thanks to her positive attitude on life.

From getting her start on Dance Moms, to her sold-out tour alongside Johnny Orlando, there’s nothing that she can’t do. In Kenzie’s Rules for Life, the dance prodigy, singer/songwriter, actress, and model offers her advice on friendship, family, fitness, style, and positivity.

She shares lessons drawn from her own experiences for those navigating through their tween years on how to be happy, healthy, and confident in all aspects of their lives.

12. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy (Women of Action)

Author: by Peggy Caravantes
Chicago Review Press
English
208 pages

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With determination and audacity, Josephine Baker used her comic and musical abilities to become a worldwide icon of the Jazz Age. This lively biography covers her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II and adoption of 12 childrenher rainbow tribe.

The lush photographs, in-depth appendix, source notes and bibliography make this is a must-have resource for any student, Baker fan or history buff.

13. Kian and Jc: Don't Try This at Home!

Author: by Kian Lawley
006243716X
HarperCollins
English

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From personalities and entertainers Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen comes a completely wild and entirely true account of their rise to internet fame: Kian and Jc: Don’t Try This at Home! More than 7 million YouTube subscribers, 5 million Twitter followers, and 5 million Instagram followers cannot wait for this sometimes hilarious, sometimes awkward, and always crazy collection of stories, interviews, and exclusive photos.

Fans of their YouTube channel, KianAndJc, can expect an intimate look at the comedians’ wild ride to fame and insight into their future plans, along with big laughs. This candid record of Kian and Jc’s success documents a whirlwind experience full of highs, lows, and, of course, awesome pranks.

Kian and Jc: Don’t Try This at Home! Combines the raucous tone that made the duo YouTube sensations with the sincerity and honesty Kian and Jc fans have been waiting for.

14. Model: A Memoir

Author: by Cheryl Diamond
B001A8FGCS
May 20, 2008
English

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YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) present their NYT bestselling The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire and Dan and Phil Go Outside in one amazing box. Now you can own their complete collection! Hello Reader, In your hands is a box (pretty heavy, huh?

Containing two books created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the Internet. We are Dan and Phil, and we invite you on a journey inside our world! THE AMAZING BOOK IS NOT ON FIRE Explore the minds of Dan and Phil!

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on how to make YouTube videos, and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. DAN AND PHIL GO OUTSIDE We actually went outside. From being people who avoid all human contact and direct sunlight to traveling around the world on tour, this is the behind-the-scenes story of our adventure!

Twice the Dan and Phil, twice the action. And by action I mean browsing on the Internet in pajamas! (Even if you never read them, this box makes a nice doorstop, right?