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Nonfiction Reading Suggestions

Nonfiction - Social Studies

Recommended Titles 

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman.
In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America's Bill of Rights by Russell Freedman.
Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Homefront in World War II by Penny Colman
A Street Through Time: A 12,000 Year Walk Through History by Dr. Anne Millard
The Emperor's Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China by Jane O'Connor
 
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickels, America's Firs Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

Reviewed Titles   

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson

This gripping account of the rescue of 33 Chilean miners in 2010 is a testament to how the world can cooperate to solve problems against daunting odds.  While the chapters on earth science and mythology add depth to the story, it is the survival tale of the human spirit that keeps us reading.

The Secret of Priest's Grotto by Peter Lane Taylor and Christos Nicola

This is the dramatic story of how several families of Jews hid in caves of the Ukraine to avoid deportation during the Holocaust. A team of explorers revisits the site of the caves while the narrative of the survivors describes what they had to do to survive. The book includes stunning photography from the exploration.

Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together by Herb Shovelier 

A moving story of a friendship that developed through a Canadian boy's desire to help an African village install a well. Ryan of Canada and Jimmy from Uganda become pen pals and meet at the opening of the new well. But later, Jimmy's life is in jeopardy as resistance rebels try to force him to become their soldier. Jimmy flees and becomes a refugee. A true story that may move readers to action.

Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine.

A Japanese curator of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center and a small group of youngsters called "Small Wings" become enthralled with the brown suitcase of a young Jewish girl, Hana Brady, sent from Auschwitz. The curator undergoes a quest to discover as much about Hana, her life and fate as possible. The story is told in alternating chapters from present to past. It is both powerful and heart-wrenching.

Shipwrecked! The True Adventure of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg

"Any person who leaves the country to go to another and later returns will be put to death."
This is the dictum that is the reality of life for Japan in the 1800's. The Japanese had strict isolation laws. By decree, foreigners and ideas from outside Japan were forbidden.
This is the true story of fourteen-year-old Manjiro and four other fisherman who were shipwrecked on a small rocky island 300 miles from the Japanese shore. Would they ever see their homeland again? Blumberg has created this beautiful picture book that chronicles Manjiro's exciting story. He was the first Japanese to come to the U.S. and he ended up playing an important role in opening his country to Westerners.

To Be a Princess by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter

A fascinating look at real princesses throughout history including Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, Marie Antoinette, Victoria, Ka'iulaui, the Tsar's daughters, Gayatri Devi of India and Elizabeth and Margaret of England. Timelines of historical events surrounding each of the princesses are also included.

Left for Dead by Pete Nelson

This book tells the true story of eleven-year-old Hunter Scott, who was watching the movie, Jaws, one day when reference was made to the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. The ship was destroyed by Japanese torpedoes during World War II and the survivors spent many days in shark-infested waters. Scott decided to use the event as his research topic for a History Day project. His research made it possible to re-open the case and change the court-martial ruling of its captain.

Nonfiction - Science

Recommended Titles 

Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool by Doug WechslerTeam Moon: How 4,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery
Into the Volcano by Donna O'Meara
The Prairie Builders by Sneed B. Collard III
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick
Space Station Science: Life in the Free Fall by Marianne Dyson
Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks by Kenneth Mallory
Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment by Carla McClafferty

 

Eyewitness Books:
Hurricane and Tornado
Weather
Rocks and Minerals
Earth
Astronomy
Light
Epidemic

Reviewed Titles

World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky

A former commercial fisherman discusses the implications of the destruction of earth's oceans and the various populations it supports, including those on land.  Told in a very accessible, engaging way through various formats, including a running comic between chapters and sidebars and photographs relating to the topic.

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns

An oceanographer tracks garbage in the ocean by studying ocean currents and using a computer program and beachcombers throughout the world to help collect data. One of the most staggering discoveries is an area between California and Hawaii where so much garbage collects, it is difficult for a vessel to pass through. A fascinating look at oceans and pollution.

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery

Enter the rainforest of French Guiana with tarantula scientist, Sam Marshall, as he investigates the giant spider, the Goliath birdeater tarantula. Learn about these fascinating creatures and how the scientific research process is helping Marshall discover more.

The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans by Sy Montgomery

Tigers rarely eat people but tigers of the Sundarbans in eastern India near Bangladesh do. What is it about these tigers or the region they live in that makes them such desperate killers? This exciting book uses the scientific method to develop clues to this real-life mystery.

Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster by Albert Marrin

Marrin traces the agents of smallpox from Egyptian mummies to the late eighteenth century when Dr. Jenner devised a means to vaccinate the populace against the disease.

The Bug Scientist by Donna M. Jackson

An exciting glimpse into the insect world through the work of various bug scientists. See how some insects are farmers, own slaves, and others are trained for a Hollywood set.

Nonfiction - Other

Recommended Titles

Kids Crochet by Kelli Ronci
Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX by Karen Blumenthal
Change Your Room by Jane Bull
Superguides: Chess by Michael Basman
Treehouse: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb by Peter Nelson
Break a Leg!: The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft by Lise Friedman
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wick

Nonfiction - Biography

Recommended Titles

Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid by Ralph Fletcher
Good Brother, Bad Brother: The True Story of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth by James Giblin
The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey by Louis Borden
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodsen

 

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