Best Nonfiction for Young Adults
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Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini
Fleischman constructs an entertaining biography that examines the life and career of Harry Houdini—as a performer, illusionist, early pioneer in aviation and cinema—all without giving away his secrets.
Location: J BIO Houdini H. Fleischm
Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Combining history and poetry, Nelson pays tribute to the life of Fortune, the slave of a Connecticut doctor, whose owner preserved his bones to teach anatomy after he died in 1798.
Location: J 811 Nelson
John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth
Full of great photographs and interesting anecdotes, this nonjudgmental biography chronicles the life of rock-legend Lennon, from his Liverpool beginnings, his rocketing to fame with the Beatles and resulting highs and lows, through his life post-Beatles up to his murder and its impact on the world.
Location: YA BIO Lennon J. Partridg
When I Was a Soldier: A Memoir
Eighteen-year-old Valérie Zenatti was excited to begin her required two-year military service in the Israeli Army, even though she would miss her friends and was dealing with being dumped by her boyfriend.
Location: YA 956.9405
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow
Using interviews, letters, diaries, oral histories, and photography, Bartoletti explores Hilter’s attempt to guarantee future Nazi control of Germany by involving Germany’s young people in the movement.
Location: YA 943.86 Bartolet
A Wreath for Emmett Till
In 1955 Mississippi, fourteen-year-old Emmett Louis Till was lynched. His murderers, who said he had whistled at a white woman, we set free.
Location: YA 811 Nelson
Jesus Land: A Memoir
Julia Scheeres and her brother, who was adopted, grew up in a Christian fundamentalist home in the Midwest, in an area rife with racism—and one of them is white and the other black.
Location: 373.7293 Scheeres 2005
Glass Castle: A Memoir
Jeannette Wells spent her early life as a nomad around the desert Southwest with her creative, intelligent, loving, and wholly dysfunctional parents.
Location: 362.82 Walls 2005