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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
It’s no coincidence that Yemen is home to child brides — including Nujood Ali, who fought for and won a divorce at 10 — and terrorists.
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An easy-read, popular with girls, grade 9 through 11. Memoir narrated by Nujood. Addresses female oppression in Middle East. Girls empathize with her situation. Fast paced, dialogue, colourful setting. Inspiring, though at times heartbreaking.

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CNF : it is the human story that really ignites the subject

 

"But, as with any biography, it is the human stories that really ignite the subject - stories of love, courage and tragedy, of near misses, disappointments and disasters that turn ... seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement." 

 http://www.panmacmillan.com/book/davidbodanis/emc2

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Richard Dawkins' book title "The Magic of Reality" summarizes the power of nonfiction to get non-readers reading:  truth can be stranger than fiction. True stories appeal to young readers dismissive of fiction.

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Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science, by Richard Preston

Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science, by Richard Preston | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The title ... refers to the subject of his bestselling The Hot Zone : a series of rooms in a government biohazard laboratory where scientists work with virulent pathogens like the Ebola viruses  "

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Richard Preston is a New Yorker contributor. These short essays have appeared in the NewYorker.

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The Emperor of All Maladies : a Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies : a Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

 "Mukherjee takes us from the earliest records of cancer in 2,500BC, through medieval theories of black bile and bloodletting, on to the surgical butchery of 19th-century mastectomies, performed with no anaesthetic or penicillin but reckless confidence, before reaching the rollercoaster of 20th-century medical politics, which swung between indifference, euphoria and despair,..."

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Engrossing from the first page. Accessible language. Appeals to students interested in medical career, as well as anyone interested in learning more about cancer.

 

Siddhartha Mukherjee: 'A positive attitude does not cure cancer, any more than a negative one causes it'

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Extremes, by Kevin Fong

Extremes, by Kevin Fong | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"From the outset Extremes is a gripping read ... stories describing the limits of human physiology, it's the kind of book you want to read peeking through cracks in your fingers; you want to look away, but not as much as you want to know what happens."

 

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Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In a talk before a packed audience at the Connecticut Mental Health Center auditorium,  Susannah Cahalan, New York Post journalist and author of “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness,” recalled her
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Favourite CNF for teen readers. 

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Other Worlds : the search for life in the Universe, by Michael D. Lemonick

Other Worlds : the search for life in the Universe, by Michael D. Lemonick | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The senior science writer for Time summarizes current scientific evidence for the presence of life beyond Earth.

Lemonick begins with three brief portraits of scientists engaged in various research projects: the detection of planets around other stars, the chemical analysis of a Martian meteorite, and SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) itself.

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Grabs attention from the starting line: It's 1600, the Roman Inquisition. A rat-infested dungeon cell holds a visionary cosmologist who has been sentenced to burn at the stake. Thought provoking, mid-paced. Appeals to students interested in science and science fiction.

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DEATH FROM THE SKIES! These Are the Ways the World Will End, by Philip Plait

DEATH FROM THE SKIES! These Are the Ways the World Will End, by Philip Plait | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

A surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy us.  After a brief introduction, astronomer Plait (Bad Astronomy, 2002) gets down to business with asteroid strikes. The chapter begins with a fictionalized episode that leads to the arrival of the killer planetoid.

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Killer opening will grab students' attention - guaranteed.

 

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RATS: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, by Robert Sullivan

RATS: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, by Robert Sullivan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

In this excellent narrative, Sullivan uses the brown rat as the vehicle for a labyrinthine history of the Big Apple. After pointing out a host of facts about rats that are sure to make you start itching ... This book is a must pickup for every city dweller, even if you'll feel like you need to wash your hands when you put it down"

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Passionate Minds: The Great Enlightenment Love Affair, by David Bodanis

Passionate Minds: The Great Enlightenment Love Affair, by David Bodanis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Émilie du Châtelet, wrote Voltaire, "was a great man whose only fault was being a woman". Du Châtelet has paid the penalty for being a woman twice over. "

 

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A brilliant woman of science who lived in the 18th C. David Bodanis is author of E=MC2.

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Climate Changed, by Philippe Squarzoni

Climate Changed, by Philippe Squarzoni | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

The book will examine what exactly global warming and its effects are while asking whether we have the ability to stave off the dire predictions that some make.

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In this gloriously learned page-turner, both biography and intellectual history, Harvard Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt (Will in the World) turns his attention to the front end of the Renaissance as...
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Idea of atoms emerged 2500 years ago!? How does that happen? Outstanding read.

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Do You Believe in Magic: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine, by Paul Offit

Do You Believe in Magic: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine, by Paul Offit | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Here’s an odd thing. There is a group of people who advocate the silly idea that you can cure all ills by stuffing yourself with expensive pills, made by large and unscrupulous Pharma companies..."

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Added to our CNf collection 'Do You Believe in Magic' by @DrPaulOffit to combat "we have chosen not to know" pg 89. Very readable, layman's terms, lots of anecdotes of snake-oil salesmen, big-Pharma profiteering, and media pushing.

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Added to our CNf collection 'Do You Believe in Magic' by @DrPaulOffit to combat "we have chosen not to know" pg 89

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High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience, and Discovering Myself, by Carl Hart

High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience, and Discovering Myself, by Carl Hart | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Carl Hart argues persuasively that drug abuse is a symptom of a sick society rather than the cause, says Rachel Seifert "By telling his own life story, Hart gives us a fascinating insight into the cultural mores of his community, growing up on the streets, and the racism he has faced throughout his life. Now a distinguished scientist, "
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‘Spillover,’ by David Quammen, on How Animals Infect Humans

‘Spillover,’ by David Quammen, on How Animals Infect Humans | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Ebola and bubonic plague are zoonoses.

A zoonosis is an animal infection that, through a simple twist of fate, becomes transmissible to humans. Maybe that twist is a needle prick, or contact with an exotic animal or hiking downwind of the wrong farm."

 

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Written before the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Quammen predicted with accuracy.

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The Magic of Reality: Richard Dawkins Teaches Children to Fight Myth with Science

The Magic of Reality: Richard Dawkins Teaches Children to Fight Myth with Science | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Dawkins brings us his first sort-of-children’s book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True — a scientific primer for the world, its magic, and its origin, an antidote to the creationism mythology teaching young readers how to replace myth with science, and a fine addition to our favorite soft-of-children’s nonfiction "

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Dawkins, with McKean's fantastic illustrations, makes difficult science accessible - even to me.

 

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The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER, by Dr. Brian Goldman

The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER, by Dr. Brian Goldman | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

In The Night Shift, Goldman shares his experiences in the witching hours at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto. We meet the kinds of patients who walk into an ER after midnight: late-night revellers injured on their way home after last call, teens assaulted in the streets by other teens and a woman who punches another woman out of jealousy over a man.

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Fast paced, sometimes tense, enlightening. Good level of language for students. Topic appeals to those planning a career in the medical profession.

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THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by Deborah Blum

THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by Deborah Blum | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The rollicking story of the creation of modern forensic science by New York researchers during the Prohibition era.
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FINGERPRINTS: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science, by Colin Beavan

FINGERPRINTS: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science, by Colin Beavan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
A lively, fascinating recounting of how fingerprints came to be a means of criminal identification, with emphasis on the personalities, claims, and peccadilloes of the men involved.
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Hilary Mantel:  "Henrietta Lacks is a medical specimen of quite another kind. No dead woman has done more for the living, and yet we can imagine her easily from her photograph, a vivacious woman who was only 31 years when she died in 1951 in a "coloured ward" in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore."

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A fascinating science narrative. Publishers Weekly Starred Review http://rebeccaskloot.com/2009/10/publishers-weekly-starred-review-of-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks/

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E=MC2, by David Bodanis

E=MC2, by David Bodanis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Everyone knows that E=mc2 is really important, but they usually don’t know what it means, and that’s frustrating,” Oxford science lecturer Bodanis confides. This paradox—that practically everyone can recite the formula, but hardly anyone understands it—spurred the author to write an accessible guide for nonscientists.."

 

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Narrative, chronological history of E=mc2. Visits each of the contributors to development of the equation, including Emilie du Chatelet and Madame Curie.

 

 

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The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery, by Andrew Westoll

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery, by Andrew Westoll | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Former primatologist Westoll investigates the psychological and physical trauma endured by chimpanzees used in biomedical research labs....

 

At Fauna Sanctuary, a Quebec refuge, he cooks for them, plays with them, and learns their horror stories: in the name of science, Sue Ellen's teeth were knocked out with a hammer; Chance spent the first five years of her life in isolation ..."

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The Empathy Exams: Essays, by Leslie Jamison

The Empathy Exams: Essays,  by Leslie Jamison | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Excerpt: "My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies."

Novelist Jamison’s first collection of essays, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, is a heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, a

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Electric Universe - David Bodanis

Electric Universe - David Bodanis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

'From the author of the bestselling E=MC2, a brilliantly descriptive analysis of one of the most powerful forces that controls the universe—ELECTRICITY."

London Review Bookshop

"A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthrough."

 

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The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett

The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague is a weighty call to action; however it is a fantastic read for anyone with the slightest interest in how infectious diseases influence our lives. "

 

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Garrett begins the story with exotic diseases including Ebola.

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23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more — turning great discoveries into great adventures.
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