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Written with skill and passion, nonfiction is as thrilling and fascinating as any adventure found in fiction. Check out this list for the Alex Award for Nonfiction and this list for the Sibert Award for even more titles.
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  Cover Art: I Can't Keep My Own Secrets : Six-word Memoirs By Teens Famous Obscure : from Smith Magazine I Can't Keep My Own Secrets : Six-word Memoirs By Teens Famous Obscure : from Smith Magazine
One life. Six words. What's yours?
184 p. 2009
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Letter Q : Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves The Letter Q : Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves
Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice.
281 p. 2012
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Time You Let Me in : 25 Poets Under 25 Time You Let Me in : 25 Poets Under 25
A collection of poems from 25 poets.
236 p. 2010
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Bootleg : Murder Moonshine and the Lawless Years of Prohibition Blumenthal, Karen.
Bootleg : Murder Moonshine and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
When a Constitional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness. This fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.
154 p. 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Don't Sit On the Baby : the Ultimate Guide to Sane Skilled and Safe Babysitting Bondy, Halley
Don't Sit On the Baby : the Ultimate Guide to Sane Skilled and Safe Babysitting
Provides advice, tips, and strategies for teenagers who want to find, keep, and excel at part-time babysitting jobs.
127 p. 2012
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Street Cat Named Bob : and How he Saved My Life Bowen, James
A Street Cat Named Bob : and How he Saved My Life
When London street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change.
279 pages 2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: How They Croaked : the Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous Bragg, Georgia
How They Croaked : the Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
A look at the deaths of several famous people throughout history and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.
184 p. 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Black Hole is Not a Hole DeCristofano, Carolyn Cinami.
A Black Hole is Not a Hole
A black hole isn't really a hole, is it? Find out what black holes are, what causes them, and how scientists first discovered them.
74 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the Story Behind an American Friendship Freedman, Russell.
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the Story Behind an American Friendship
A clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history.
119 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice Hoose, Phillip M.
Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice
On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, 15-year-old Claudette found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders.
133 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Moonbird : a Year On the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 Hoose, Phillip M.
Moonbird : a Year On the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
In the course of his lifetime, B95 has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back! However, recent changes along his migratory circuit - changes caused mostly by human activity - have reduced the food available and made it harder for the birds to reach. How can this one bird make it year after year when so many others fall?
148 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Titanic : Voices from the Disaster Hopkinson, Deborah.
Titanic : Voices from the Disaster
Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.
289 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Zombie Makers : True Stories of Nature's Undead Johnson, Rebecca L.
Zombie Makers : True Stories of Nature's Undead
Are zombies real? Scientists know this for sure: dead people do not come back to life. But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves. Meet nature's zombie makers, including a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming wasp, and their victims.
2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Into Thin Air: a Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Krakauer, Jon
Into Thin Air: a Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
...the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996...As he [John Krakauer] turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds... When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead.
293 p. 1997
Adult Nonfiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: We've Got a Job : the 1963 Birmingham Children's March Levinson, Cynthia
We've Got a Job : the 1963 Birmingham Children's March
The inspiring story of one of the greatest moments in civil rights history as seen through the eyes of four young people who were at the center of the action. We've Got a Job tells the little-known story of the 4,000 black elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963.
176 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World Losure, Mary.
The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World
Relates the story of two early-twentieth-century cousins who believed they saw real fairies, created photographs using paper cutouts when they were teased by adult family members, and inadvertently drew the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a fellow believer.
184 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Flesh & Blood so Cheap : the Triangle Fire and Its Legacy Marrin, Albert
Flesh & Blood so Cheap : the Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
In 1911 146 people, mostly young women, died in the worst factory fire in New York city history. This book describes the fire itself, but also the individuals, events, and circumstances that led to the disaster and explains its impact on the labor movement and on society.
182 p. 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Years of Dust : the Story of the Dust Bowl Marrin, Albert
Years of Dust : the Story of the Dust Bowl
Before global warming, there was dust. In the 1930s, dangerous black storms swept through the Great Plains. Created by drought and reckless farming, these lethal storms were part of an environmental, economic, and human catastrophe that changed the course of American history.
128 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: What the World Eats Menzel, Peter
What the World Eats
A photographic collection featuring portraits of twenty-five families from around the world, each surrounded by a week's worth of food.
160 p. 2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Truce : the Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting Murphy, Jim
Truce : the Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
On July 29th 1914, the world's peace was shattered...This was, of course, the First World War. But who could have guessed that on December 25 the troops would openly defy their commanding officers by stopping the fighting & having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their "enemies"?
116 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
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