Nonfiction_Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12: Nonfiction

Angel, A. Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing: Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story—told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel—is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven. Check the online catalog

 

Bush, J. Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope: The first daughter reveals the life of a young woman she met while on an internship with UNICEF, and how, despite living with AIDS and losing her family to HIV, she is thriving and looking forward to giving her child a better life. Check the online catalog

 

Freedman, R. The War to End All Wars: World War I: Nonfiction master Russell Freedman illuminates for young readers the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. The tangled relationships and alliances of many nations, the introduction of modern weaponry, and top-level military decisions that resulted in thousands upon thousands of casualties all contributed to the "great war," which people hoped and believed would be the only conflict of its kind. Check the online catalog

 

Fryd, H. Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events that You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends): Do you love a good scandal? This book includes 50 juicy pop culture, political, and entertainment-related scandals complete with photos, event synopses, and a look at why it went down in history and how it continues to influence us today. Other features include famous quotes and a section on where the players are now. Check the online catalog

 

Jones, C. Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories: Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Check the online catalog

 

Larson, E. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America: Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction. Check the online catalog

 

Murray, L. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard: The memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard. Check the online catalog

 

Philbrick, N. Revenge of the Whale: The Truth of the Whaleship Essex: Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author's adult book "In the Heart of the Sea." Check the online catalog

 

Reef, C. The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne: In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels. Check the online catalog

Rhodes-Courter, A. Three Little Words: A Memoir: An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice. Check the online catalog

 

Rubalcaba, J. Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions and Debates: 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. Check the online catalog

 

Schnazer, R. Witches: The Absolutely True Story of Disaster in Salem: In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began. Check the online catalog

 

Silverstein, K. The Radioactive Boy Scout: Traces a boy's fascination with science and nuclear physics, which compelled him to misrepresent himself to the government and build a reactor in his backyard, causing an environmental catastrophe in his quiet Detroit town. Check the online catalog

 

 

 

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817f9UengnLThere have been many alphabet books written, but none quite like this.  In Once Upon an Alphabet, Oliver Jeffers gives every letter it's due by writing each a short story.  His usual wit and humor are present, and so are some characters from his earlier books.  While each letter has its own story, references to previous letters are made later in the alphabet, which only elevates the story as a whole.  The illustrations are deceptively simple with delicate splashes of color and add a perfect amount of playfulness to the text.  Think you know your ABCs?  Not like this!

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