Sacramento Public Library

Great Nonfiction Reads for Teens

    Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

    Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem - Rosalyn Schanzer

    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
    Rapture Practice

    Rapture Practice - Aaron Hartzler

    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 rebel.

      TEEN 277.3083 H338 2013
    Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids

    Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids - Deborah Ellis

    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.

      TEEN 305.23089 E472 2013
    Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

    Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out - Susan Kuklin

    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 journey.

      TEEN 306.768 K96 2014
    The Pregnancy Project

    The Pregnancy Project - Gaby Rodriguez

    The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines.

      TEEN 308.8743 R696 2012
    They Called Themselves the KKK

    They Called Themselves the KKK - Susan Campbell Bartoletti

    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
    Spies of Mississippi

    Spies of Mississippi - Rick Bowers

    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.

      TEEN 323.1196 B786 2010
    Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary

    Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary - Elizabeth Partridge

    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
    The Dark Game: True Spy Stories

    The Dark Game: True Spy Stories - Paul Janeczko

    From clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage, Janeczko uncovers two centuries' worth of true spy stories in U.S. history.

      TEEN 327.1273 J33 2010
    Sugar Changed the World

    Sugar Changed the World - Marc Aronson

    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
    Three Little Words: A Memoir

    Three Little Words: A Memoir - Ashley Rhodes-Courter

    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
    Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

    Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition - Karen Blumenthal

    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
    The Nazi Hunters

    The Nazi Hunters - Neal Bascomb

    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 Holocaust.

      TEEN 364.138 B298 2013
    Feynman

    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
    Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives

    Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives - Albert Marrin

    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.

      TEEN 553.28 M359 2012
    Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

    Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith - Deborah Heiligman

      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
    Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

    Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution - Sylvia Johnson

    Examines the personal struggle of a man forced by his own observations to answer the fundamental question "Where do we come from?"

      TEEN 576.82 D228zj 2013
    A Life in the Wild

    A Life in the Wild - Pamela Turner

    George Schaller's struggle to save the last great beasts.

      TEEN 590.92 S298zt 2008
    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder

    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
    Written in Bone

    Written in Bone - Sally Walker

    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.

      TEEN 614.1 W184 2009
    The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair

    The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair - Russell Martin

    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
    Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

    Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing - Ann Angel

    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
    John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth

    John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth - Elizabeth Partridge

    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
    Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom

    Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom - Sue Macy

    Explore the role the bicycle played in the women's liberation movement.

      TEEN 796.6082 M177 2011
    I Am Scout: A Biography of Harper Lee

    I Am Scout: A Biography of Harper Lee - Charles Shields

    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.

      TEEN 813 L478zs 2008
    Hole in My Life

    Hole in My Life - Jack Gantos

    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 writer.

    TEEN 813.54 G211 2002                
    Every Bone Tells a Story

    Every Bone Tells a Story - Jill Rubalcaba

    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.

      TEEN 930.1 R894 2010


    Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a WWII Special Agent

    Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a WWII Special Agent - Pearl Witherington Cornioley

    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).

      TEEN 940.5486 C818 2013
    Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure

    Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure - David Meissner

    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                
    The Notorious Benedict Arnold

    The Notorious Benedict Arnold - Steve Sheinkin

    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
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery

    A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery - Albert Marrin

     
    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.

      TEEN 973.7116 M359 2014
    Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

    Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy - Albert Marrin

    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
    Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

    Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg - Tanya Anderson

    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 battle.

      TEEN 973.7349 A424 2013
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