Nonfiction Books for Teens

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For Younger Readers

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.
A real-life Cinderella story, this memoir describes the author's painful experiences as a second-class citizen in her own home.
Recounts the author's hilarious adventures growing up -- and getting into trouble -- in rural Minnesota in the 1950's.
Tired of being an outsider in eighth grade, Maya decides to try to become popular by following the advice of a self-help book from the 1950’s.
Fans of Percy Jackson will enjoy these retellings of Greek myths from Percy’s perspective.
During this pivotal event in the Civil Rights struggle, 4,000 African-American students were arrested, succeeding in filling the jails and ultimately achieving desegregation. Told from the perspective of four of those protesters.
The story of a teenage girl's struggle with acalculia, a learning disorder that affects mathematical ability.
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.
What do you call a bird who in its lifetime has flown the equivalent of the distance to the moon and nearly half way back in 20 years? By tracing the course of B95, aka Moonbird, this book explores how man’s impact on the environment affects these plucky little migratory birds.
A fascinating account of the deadly epidemic that swept through the city of Philadelphia in the late eighteenth century.
The stories of several men and women who made major scientific breakthroughs by experimenting on themselves, exposing themselves to great danger -- even death.
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It all started with a simple accident that damaged her front teeth. But from there Raina’s dental woes escalate dramatically. As if being a teenager weren’t hard enough. . .
This true story reads like a spy thriller, complete with saboteurs behind Nazi lines, scientists working in a secret location, and Soviet spies trying to steal the plans for the bomb from the Americans.
ke about 100 different facial expressions? Dogs talk with their tails, body posture, ears, and of course, smell. Whether you’re a dog owner, a dog lover, or just what to know how to tell if the dog you meet on the street wants to be friends or fight, this book will help you translate canine messages.
Nick Bertozzi brings another historical adventure to life in graphic novel format. Follow the true story of Shackleton; an amazing and dangerous Antarctic expedition.
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 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.
Describes day-to-day life in Baghdad, Iraq, during the 2003 war, from the perspective of a 19-year-old girl.
The story of a plot hatched by some counterfeiters in 1876 to rob Abraham Lincoln’s body from its grave and hold it for ransom to secure the release of their ringleader from prison.
The mysterious fate of the H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, is explored using modern technology and science.

For Older Teens

The story of Zeina’s childhood, growing up in Beirut during the civil war when snipers, barricades and barbed separate the family’s apartment building from the rest of the city. One night, Zeina’s parents are out in the city when the bombing starts, and the residents come together in the family’s apartment to keep the children company during the tense wait for their return.
A no-holds barred look at life with a profound disability using humor to describe everyday situations. Burcaw doesn’t shy away from relating embarrassing moments and is quite frank about bodily functions.
A sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking memoir describing the author's childhood and teenage years in Cascade, Idaho.
The author looks back fondly at her childhood in a tiny Midwestern town.
A comic-book memoir that offers a unique and thoughtful commentary on growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution.
The 19-year-old author writes about the varied and often humorous experiences of his teen years in a series of short essays.
The story of a 14-year-old boy's suicide attempt and his courageous journey back to physical and psychological health.
Can an Ivy-League graduate searching for his purpose in life succeed in the rough and tumble world of the Oakland, California Fire Department?
Back in the 1920s, the government tried to improve conditions in society by outlawing the production and sale of alcohol. Read about the results and consequences of this “social experiment.”
A chilling account of 14-year-old Emmett Till's brutal murder, which helped to trigger the Civil Rights movement.
Explores the riveting events surrounding Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of John F. Kennedy, telling the story of two men whose lives would intersect in Dallas with tragic results. Swanson examines conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination and provides detailed diagrams and illustrations as well as an extensive list of sources.
The fascinating story of scientists' efforts to save the ivory-billed woodpecker from extinction.
Get down and dirty with this book that chronicles a year in the life of New York City's rat population.
Everything you ever wanted to know about what happens to the human body after death -- whether it is buried, cremated, or donated to science.
From the first, nineteenth-century experiments to the top-secret Manhattan Project, this graphic novel follows the dramatic race to build the first atomic bomb. Some of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century struggled first to design the bomb and then with the ethics of using it.
The teenage author's exciting experiences as a mountain climber, including his world-famous attempts to summit Mount Everest.
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.
While the American military fought for democracy and freedom overseas during World War II, fear and suspicion led to the mass imprisonment of Japanese Americans in internment camps. Sandler draws on unpublished interviews and oral histories to tell the story of this dark period in American history.
During WWII, the US Navy was still segregated. Black sailors were assigned to menial jobs like cleaning for Navy personnel or loading ammunition on ships at a segregated base called Port Chicago. After a massive explosion killed more than 300 men, the remaining munitions handlers refused to return to loading the dangerous cargo without proper training and safety measures. They were charged with mutiny and convicted. Their treatment created a national uproar that ultimately forced the U.S. Navy to desegregate.
A glittering and out of touch Imperial Family, the rising influence of the controversial mystic, Rasputin, and the grinding poverty of the Russian People combine to touch off a violent revolution that will end in the tragic deaths of the Romanov Family.
This collection of essays from North American indigenous youth is genuine and eye opening. Balancing tradition, cultural heritage and contemporary life, these teens write about what it means to be a Native American youth.
This book tells the story of the first Confederate submarine to sink a ship. The H.L. Hunley mysteriously vanished after the 1864 attack and remained missing until its rediscovery in 1995. Walker examines possible causes of its disappearance, efforts to preserve its remains, and modern archaeological methods used to learn about the Hunley and its crew.