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Best of Nonfiction for Teens

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Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) by Arden Rose
SOCSCI TEEN ROS
By the end of the book—a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork—you'll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult.
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales
BIOGRAPHY JNF GON
Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you start coding!
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
SOCSCI TEEN NOT
In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman.
Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family by Lisa Fenn
BIOGRAPHY FEN 08/16
Lisa Fenn produced human-interest features for ESPN for over a decade, but one particular story came into her life and never left. After seeing a newspaper image of two young wrestlers from one of Cleveland’s tougher public high schools, Lisa followed a hunch and flew back to her hometown to meet the boys that very day. What she found caused her spirit both to sink and to soar.
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John
SPORTS TEEN SAI
Shares the inspirational story of a youth soccer team comprised of refugees from around the world who, under the guidance of a fomidable female coach, helped to transform their Georgia community. By the author of the best-selling Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer.
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
HISTORY EUROPE JNF FLE
The award-winning author of The Lincolns traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
SOCSCI PSYCH JUN 05/16
Draws on history, psychology, and anthropology to discuss how the tribal connection--the instinct to belong to small groups with a clear purpose and common understanding--can satisfy the human quest for meaning and belonging.
The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller
TCRIME TEEN MIL
With murder, court battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the story of Lizzie Borden is compulsively readable and perfect for the Common Core.
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner
BIOGRAPHY JNF YOSHITSUNE
This epic tale of warriors and bravery, rebellion and revenge, reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.
Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY JNF REE
Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their provocative paintings as well as for their deep love for each other. Their marriage was filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution, and, above all, art that helped define the twentieth century.
We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists
SOCSCI TEEN FAL
A journalistic look at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the fight for gun control, as told by the student reporters for the school's newspaper and TV station.
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
BIOGRAPHY TEEN SAEDI
In San Jose, California, in the 1990s, teenaged Sara keeps a diary of life as an Iranian American and her discovery that she and her family entered as undocumented immigrants.