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Newjack: Beyond the Stereotype of the Brutal Guard | Alaska Justice Forum

Newjack: Beyond the Stereotype of the Brutal Guard | Alaska Justice Forum | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"NEW JACK: GUARDING SING SING gives an inside look at the work of correctional guards. Its author, Ted Conover, spent a year working as a "newjack" — the inmate term for a newly-minted New York correctional officer — in New York's Sing Sing prison.

John Riley is an assistant professor with the Justice Center.

 

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Issue: Maximum security prisons. Riveting read. Immersion journalism, at once memoir and adventure.

 

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The Line Between Fact and Fiction

The Line Between Fact and Fiction | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"For centuries writers of nonfiction have borrowed the tools of novelists to reveal truths that could be exposed and rendered in no better way. They place characters in scenes and settings, have them speak to each other in dialogue, reveal limited points of view, and move through time over conflicts and toward resolutions."

Written by @roypeterclark @poynter

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CNF "bridge(s) the gulf that often separates dry research from human narrative."

(Reade, Johnsonian Gleanings)

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Definition of Creative or Narrative Nonfiction

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Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M. T. Anderson

Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M. T. Anderson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The story behind one of Dmitri Shostakovich’s greatest symphonies, composed as the assault on Leningrad unfolded. The siege lasted 900 days, ultimately killing about one and a half million Russians. By January 1942, thousands were dying every day. Pets were eaten, and then came cannibalism. He notes that the young were frequent victims;
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YA nonfiction narrative. Historical content. Music, war and state-sponsored terror. World War 1939-1945. Siege of Leningrad by Germans.
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Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Indian Horse, a severe yet beautiful novel by Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, concerns Saul Indian Horse, a former hockey star undergoing treatment for alcoholism.  Saul’s story begins in the northern Ontario bush where he enjoys a traditional life of hunting and fishing with his parents, grandmother and older brother Ben. The family hopes living far outside town will keep the boys from residential school. But government men hunt them down, and take Ben at gunpoint.

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Hockey, residential schools, addiction

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Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

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

"In McCandless, Krakauer had found another stubborn, lonely soul; a man at home in the solitude of nature. Krakauer writes that he was struck by “the parallels between events in his life and those in my own,” most notably a reckless passion for risk and adventure, and a fragile paternal connection."

 

 

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Subject: survival. Action, anecdotes, journal entries, psychology tell the story of 24 year old Chris McCandless. High appeal with teens. From author of 'Into Thin Air' and 'Eiger Dreams'.

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Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer. How Chris McCandless Died

Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer. How Chris McCandless Died | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
A new paper presents hitherto unknown evidence that appears to close the book on the cause of Christopher McCandless’s death…
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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:09 PM

This is a must-read! If you haven't read 'Into the Wild" read it, and read this article. Shocking.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo: Interview

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by  Katherine Boo: Interview | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

" 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 nonfiction: 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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BECOMING NICOLE by Amy Ellis Nutt | Kirkus Reviews

BECOMING NICOLE by Amy Ellis Nutt | Kirkus Reviews | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

How a politically conservative middle-class family defended their transgender daughter against bigotry and won a groundbreaking legal victory affirming gender identity.

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Issue of interest in high school. Ties in with Social Science studies. Well-written and researched by Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist, Amy Ellis Nutt http://niemanstoryboard.org/stories/amy-ellis-nutt-our-stories-choose-us/

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The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Despite being a work of historical nonfiction, Devil in the White City is capable of leaving readers with mouths open and hairs on end; the book reads like good fiction, replete with foreshadowing, suspense, and enthralling characters. 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and America’s first serial killer."

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Why be happy when you could be normal?" is the real-life question of her adopted mother, as Winterson is evicted, at 16, for taking up with a second girlfriend (the attempts to exorcise her sexuality after the first having been unsuccessful). "

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Provides narrative context for Winterson's popular Roman a clef 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'. GBLT memoir to add to Winterson fiction collection.

 

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The Deserter's Tale by Joshua Key/ As told to Lawrence Hill

The Deserter's Tale by Joshua Key/  As told to Lawrence Hill | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

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"I know that many Americans have their minds made up about people like me. They think we are cowards who just couldn't take it. I don't blame them. I had my own mind made up about war deserters long before I set foot in Iraq. But I know right from wrong. I had a conscience by the age of six. I had to suspend it for a while in Iraq."

       “Destined to become part of the literature of the Iraq war. "

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#2 teen read.  High appeal with boys; powerful characterization, fast paced story, war memoir. Co-author Lawrence Hill, 'Book of Negroes":  www.lawrencehill.com

 

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In The Garden of Beasts: Love and Terror in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson

In The Garden of Beasts: Love and Terror in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Larson writes history like a novelist. Here, the troubled tenure of an academic US ambassador and his wayward daughter offers a fresh view of Nazi Berlin."

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The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, by Alexandra Fuller

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, by Alexandra Fuller | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Fuller narrates the tragically short life of Colton H. Bryant, a Wyoming roughneck in his mid-20s who in 2006 fell to his death on an oil rig...   Though the book is wonderfully poignant and poetic and reads more like a novel than biography, Fuller acknowledges that she has taken narrative liberties, "

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Fast-pace, engaging dialogue, hunting, horses, and hard work will keep the attention of boys. Despite narrative liberties in dialogue and chronology this is a book that reluctant readers will read and enjoy.

 

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A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"When Bill Bryson and his family moved back to the United States, he found himself living only a few miles away from the Appalachian Trail. Being fond of hiking, he latched onto the idea of attempting to through-hike the Appalachian Trail ...."

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A sometimes hilarious narrative wrapped around hiking, Appalachian Trail, Forestry Service, even tourism.  Mostly fast-paced, lots of dialogue. Now a film with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

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LRB · Thomas Chatterton Williams · Loaded Dice: Ta-Nehisi Coates

LRB · Thomas Chatterton Williams · Loaded Dice: Ta-Nehisi Coates | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Soon after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, a book called The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace was published, describing one New Jersey man’s dual existence as a top student at Yale and an incorrigible drug dealer.[1] Peace was an...

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Ta-Nahisi Coates' virulence, broad strokes in his memoir, Between the World and Me, are called into question by Thomas Chatterton Williams.

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The 30 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

The 30 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
It’s been said that reading literary fiction produces more empathetic people, but the depth of this year’s notable nonfiction titles prove that the same is true for all readers.
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A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier, by Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier, by Ishmael Beah | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Beah says that the book "provides the human context that is missing." Book description and excerpt.

 

Representative of the best that CNF offers to teens. Rated #1 with boys.

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#1 teen read.  Issue: child soldiers and rehabililtation. High school readers not keen on fiction often claim this is the first book they have finished reading ... and enjoyed.

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Josh Rushing interviews former child soldier Ishmael Beah

Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe As part of his AK-47 series Al Jazeera's Josh Rushing spoke to Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier in Sie...
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"Childhood became monstrous when you were forced to kill your families and burn your villages." Captivating interview.

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'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' : Ishmael Beah VIDEO interview

'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' : Ishmael Beah VIDEO interview | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
As a teenager in war-ravaged Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was brainwashed, drugged and forced to kill. Now he works to rehabilitate child soldiers.
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Since Beah's book "Long Way Gone" is  the most read CNf book in our school library I thought it fitting to include this older story to provide our students with context.

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ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR HORSES by Mandy Retzlaff | Kirkus

ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR HORSES by Mandy Retzlaff | Kirkus | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

A memoir of life with Retzlaff's family in war-torn Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe and his armed "war veterans" are violently reclaiming the land from the Retzlaffs and their white farmer neighbors. A moving account of one family's determination to save abandoned horses, despite the dangerous war that surrounded them.

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A grade 10 student wrote: I'm not a reader but I loved this book. 

Post-apartheid struggles

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Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin

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Fifty years after John Howard Griffin darkened his skin and travelled through the segregated US south, his record of the fear and prejudice he experienced is still resonant. By Sarfraz Manzoor
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Top choice with teens. Prejudice, racism, immersion journalism. Griffin's immersion into racism of deep south. Well-developed characterization, setting help students to identify, empathize. 

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I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
A year after she was shot by the Taliban, this extraordinary schoolgirl's words are a reminder of all that is best in human nature, writes Yvonne Roberts
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NEGROLAND by Margo Jefferson

NEGROLAND by Margo Jefferson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning theater and book critic, a memoir about being raised in upper-class black Chicago, where families worked tirelessly to distance themselves as much from lower-class black people as from white people.
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Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale

Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The life story—zingingly told—of a teenage imposter who once kited checks, had over $500,000 stashed away in bank accounts, and spent much of it on women and fancy cars—all before he was 21!
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A top teen read. Accessible language. Teen con artist successfully impersonates co-pilot, doctor, lawyer, professor, all before the age of 21. 

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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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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Dave Eggers's account of one man's ordeal at the hands of US military officials in the wake of hurricane Katrina is a grim indictment of the Bush regime, says Valerie Martin
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