Selecting Great Nonfiction Books For Teens

I mentioned a lot of different titles in this episode, and I’m going to list them here if you’d like more information about these books.  Unfortunately, some of them are no longer in print, but I mentioned them anyway because this way you would get a better sense of what kinds of books I like to use with my classes.  And besides, since many of you already work in these libraries, even if a book is out of print it might be on your shelves!

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin [booktalk HERE]
King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher [booktalk HERE]
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
Katie.com by Katherine Tarbox
My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
Somebody’s Someone by Regina Louise
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez [booktalk HERE]
The Story of Diamonds by Jean Milne
Don’t Try This at Home by Hunter S. Fulghum
The Emperor’s Silent Army by Jane O’Connor
From Altoids to Zima by Evan Morris
It Came from Bob’s Basement by Bob Burns
Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing by Paul Janeczko
Curse of the Pharaohs: My Adventures With Mummies by Zahi Hawass
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester [booktalk HERE]
Outbreak: Plagues That Changed History by Bryn Barnard
The Executioner Always Chops Twice by Geoffrey Abbot
Epidemic! The World of Infectious Disease by The American Museum of Natural History
How to Keep Dinosaurs by Robert Mash
My Life as a Furry Red Monster by Kevin Clash
Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights From the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice by James Lileks

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