Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens
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Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer,

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness.


Four months later, he turned up dead."

Leslie Whidden's insight:
Teen favourite. Survival, adventure, rebellion.
Krakauer presents hitherto unknown evidence on the cause of Chris McCandless's death. http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-chris-mccandless-died ; @NewYorker
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DEEP DOWN DARK, by Hector Tobar

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"The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks.

...spins a gripping narrative, taut to the point of explosion, of the 2010 story that made international headlines for weeks."

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Disaster story: mining
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston  (Film: 127 Hours )

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston  (Film: 127 Hours ) | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"In April 2003, Aron Ralston was hiking alone in the Utah wilderness when he decided to go canyon climbing. Halfway up a rock face, disaster struck. In the first of three exclusive extracts from his harrowing new book, he recalls the accident that forced him to cut his own arm off."

Excerpt

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This book is LOVED. Show students the photo of the pocket knife he uses to cut off his arm. Eeeeew. 

Adventure, survival. Lots of photos.

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IRENA'S CHILDREN by Tilar J. Mazzeo | Kirkus Reviews

IRENA'S CHILDREN by Tilar J. Mazzeo | Kirkus Reviews | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

The remarkable history of the "female Schindler."

The story of Irena Sendler (1910-2008), who saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis, was buried for decades by the communist administration of Poland. It finally came to light in the 1990s, and Mazzeo (The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, 2014, etc.) has combed archives and interviewed the few survivors to tell the tale.

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A heart-wrenching memoir from Jordin Tootoo

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It's the most compelling, honest and unputdownable hockey read in years, says reviewer Nancy MacDonald
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Hockey memoir, indigenous peoples, survival, addictions.
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo

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Author interview.

" it was important to me to keep the perspective as much as possible [of] what the people in the slum saw and understood or were impressed and moved or weirded out by in this wealthier part of the city."

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Novel-like: gripping, heart wrenching. Social issues: poverty, corruption, family, survival in Mumbai.

Q&A with K. Boo http://www.gatesnotes.com/development/qa-with-katherine-boo-author-of-behind-the-beautiful-forevers

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