Great Nonfiction Reads for Teens
Tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials that turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt.
TEEN 133.4309 S299 2011
Describes the author's coming of age in a fervently religious household that believed Jesus' return to Earth to take the faithful to heaven was imminent, recounting how his growing doubts, earthly ties, and the sacrifices required by his faith prompted his transformation from conflicted do-gooder to full-fledged teen rebe
Provides interviews with forty-five young indigenous children between the ages of nine and eighteen, who speak of their fears, challenges, and struggles to maintain their cultural heritage.
Shares insights into the teen transgender experience, tracing six individual's emotional and physical journey as it was shaped by family dynamics, living situations and the transition each teen made during the personal journe
The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines
Documents the history and origin of the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning in Pulaski, Tennessee, and provides personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more
TEEN 322.42 B292 2010
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission compiled secret files on more than 87,000 private citizens in the most extensive state spying program in U.S. history. Its mission: to save segregation
This book recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African-Americans earn the right to vote
TEEN 323.1196 P275 2009
From clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage, Janeczko uncovers two centuries' worth of true spy stories in U.S. history
Sugar has left a bloody trail through human history. Cane--not cotton or tobacco--drove the bloody Atlantic slave trade and took the lives of countless Africans who toiled on vast sugar plantations under cruel overseers. And yet the very popularity of sugar gave abolitionists in England the one tool that could finally end the slave trade.
TEEN 338.1736 A769 2010
Traces the author's painful childhood in a series of foster homes, and her subsequent efforts to advocate for an improved foster care system.
TEEN 362.734 R477 2008
Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places. It began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye.
TEEN 363.41 B658 2011
Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaus
Feynman - Jim Ottoviani
In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman.
TEEN 530.092 F435zo 2011
Explores the important role oil plays in United States and the world, explains what oil is, and describes how oil has affected history, politics, society, and the economy.
Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence.
TEEN 576.8092 D228zh 2009
Examines the personal struggle of a man forced by his own observations to answer the fundamental question "Where do we come from?
George Schaller's struggle to save the last great beasts
Traces the efforts of Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and save lives.
TEEN 610.92 F234zk 2013
This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s
Introduces the life of the Austrian composer, along with the story of a lock of his hair cut by a barber after his death, which was kept by various owners and the analysis of which revealed the high level of lead present in the composer's body.
TEEN 780.92 B415zm 200
A young fan's introduction to the life and career of the iconic music performer commemorates the 40th anniversary of her death and draws on anecdotes from friends and bandmates that help examine her relationships, musical themes and ongoing influence.
TEEN 782.4216 J81za 2010
The story of one of rock's biggest legends, from his birth during a 1940 World War II air raid on Liverpool, through his turbulent childhood and teen years, to his celebrated life writing, recording, and performing with the Beatles and beyond.
TEEN 782.4216 L567zp 2005
Explore the role the bicycle played in the women's liberation movemen
This biography tells the story of how Harper Lee struggled to become an author and created one of the most popular novels of the 20th century
The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a write
TEEN 813.54 G211 2002
When did language begin? How did early humans populate the globe? By looking closely at four of the most significant hominins ever discovered, the authors explain how Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman have influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae
Pearl Witherington Cornioley, one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters, shares her remarkable story in this firsthand account of her experience as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE).
As thousands head north in search of gold, Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce join them, booking passage on a steamship bound for the Klondike goldfields. The journey is life threatening, but the two friends make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet Jack London, all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold!
TEEN 971.91 M515 2013
An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution
TEEN 973.382 A752zs 2010
Considers the character and influence of the abolitionist, discussing the religious beliefs that prompted his use of terrorism to combat slavery while assessing his role in the Harper's Ferry raid that helped trigger the Civil War.
Provides a detailed account of the disastrous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers in 1911, and examines the impact of this event on the nation's working conditions and labor laws
TEEN 974.71041 M359 2011
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Relates the experiences of ordinary teenager Tillie Pierce during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, as she helped save wounded Union and Confederate soldiers during the bloody, three-day battl