Nonfiction Books for Teens

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Article in the Young Adult Nonfiction category.

Recommended for Middle School

The story of a teenage girl's struggle with acalculia, a learning disorder that affects mathematical ability.
Describes day-to-day life in Baghdad, Iraq, during the 2003 war, from the perspective of a 19-year-old girl.
The true story of explorer Ernest Shackleton, who with his crew was stranded in the Antarctic ice pack in 1915 with no ship and no way to contact the outside world.
The stories of several men and women who made major scientific breakthroughs by experimenting on themselves, exposing themselves to great danger -- even death.
What does it mean to be beautiful? Who decides what beauty is? A thought-provoking look at the beauty industry and the concept of attractiveness in our society.
An inside look at the workings of the juvenile justice system and the cases of several young offenders.
The author's experiences as a teen during the Cultural Revolution in China, when she was forced to choose between loyalty to her family or the ideals of the new government.
The true story of the Nazi invasion of Denmark, in which many citizens risked their lives to hide Danish Jews or help them escape to Sweden.
A real-life Cinderella story, this memoir describes the author's painful experiences as a second-class citizen in her own home.
A fascinating account of the deadly epidemic that swept through the city of Philadelphia in the late eighteenth century.
Recounts the author's hilarious adventures growing up -- and getting into trouble -- in rural Minnesota in the 1950's.
The mysterious fate of the H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, is explored using modern technology and science.

Recommended For High School

The remarkable story of a teenage girl's long-distance swimming training and accomplihsments, which include setting a world record for crossing the English Channel at age 15.
A chilling account of 14-year-old Emmett Till's brutal murder, which helped to trigger the Civil Rights movement.
A sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking memoir describing the author's childhood and teenage years in Cascade, Idaho.
The fascinating story of scientists' efforts to save the ivory-billed woodpecker from extinction.
The author looks back fondly at her childhood in a tiny Midwestern town.
The teenage author's exciting experiences as a mountain climber, including his world-famous attempts to summit Mount Everest.
Everything you ever wanted to know about what happens to the human body after death -- whether it is buried, cremated, or donated to science.
The story of a 14-year-old boy's suicide attempt and his courageous journey back to physical and psychological health.
A comic-book memoir that offers a unique and thoughtful commentary on growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution.
Get down and dirty with this book that chronicles a year in the life of New York City's rat population.
Can an Ivy-League graduate searching for his purpose in life succeed in the rough and tumble world of the Oakland, California Fire Department?
The 19-year-old author writes about the varied and often humorous experiences of his teen years in a series of short essays.