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

Ishmael Beah video interview:  'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' | 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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Issue: child soldiers, rehabilitation, advocacy.

Interview with Ishmael Beah, author of 'Long Way Gone'.

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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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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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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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Always a favourite with teen readers who are tough sells.

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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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High appeal with boys, powerful characterization, fast paced storyline, war memoir. Co-Author Lawrence Hill, 'Book of Negroes":  www.lawrencehill.com

 

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A Fighter's Heart, By Sam Sheridan

A Fighter's Heart, By Sam Sheridan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"This memoir tells Sheridan's story, in all its gory detail, from the several months in which he lives at a Muay Thai camp in rural Thailand to his stretches with a cage-fighting team in Iowa."

 

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Favourite with boys interested in Mixed Martial Arts.

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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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Buck, by MK Asante

Buck, by MK Asante | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Asante is a teenager growing up in various Philadelphia neighborhoods, and his life, by just about any measure, is a mess. He has a stepbrother in jail, a sister in a mental institution and a circle of friends whose lives have been touched too often by violence, chaos and death."

 

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The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

From her first memory, of catching fire while boiling hotdogs by herself in the trailer park, to her last glimpse of her mother, picking through a New York City Dumpster, Walls’s detached, direct, and unflinching account of her rags-to-riches life proves a troubling ride.

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A favourite with girls. Powerful, fast-paced narrative. Short entries, lots of dialogue, easy-access language. Memoir of growing up, dysfunctional family, poverty, reminiscent of Liar's Club by Mary Karr and Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.

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The Road to En-dor: A True Story of Cunning Wartime Escape, by E.H. Jones

The Road to En-dor: A True Story of Cunning Wartime Escape, by E.H. Jones | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

An autobiographical account of an ingenious plan to escape from a Turkish prisoner-of-war camp in 1917 still thrills Neil Gaiman: " It is a true story, underplayed, a story of heroism, of magic and of madness. And you can wonder, as I wonder now, as I wondered when I was 10, whether what Hill and Jones went through was worth it – whether their madness actually kept them sane."

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If Neil Gaiman loves it, it's joining our collection of CNF.

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The Nazi Officer's Wife, by Edith Hahn Beer

The Nazi Officer's Wife, by Edith Hahn Beer | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Excerpt: "There she meets Werner Vetter, Aryan, racist, and loyal to the Nazi government. Werner falls in love with her, and she with him. She tells him her secret, that she is Jewish. He tells her his secret, that he is married. ... "

 

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Dramatic WWII memoir. Favourite with girls.

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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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Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked -by James Lasdun

Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked -by  James Lasdun | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
When novelist and poet Lasdun (Beseiged) began receiving deranged anti-Semitic electronic correspondence from a former student, he entered a “realm of stricken enchantment in which technology and...
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Student stalks author; love turns to hate. This book was signed out, and a wait list begun within minutes of its arrival in the collection.

 

 

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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 story will grab student attention - guaranteed.

 

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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
Novelist Jamison’s (The Gin Closet) 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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Excerpt: "My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies."

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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

" So 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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Social issues: poverty, corruption in Mumbai. Reads like a novel.

 

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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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127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston

127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston | 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.
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Adventure, survival.  Film '127 Hours' is a hook to the book.

 

 

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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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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"  A gripping story of a 1996 expedition gone awry and of the ensuing disaster that killed two top guides, a sherpa and several clients. "

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Krakauer is a favourite author with teens. He writes extreme adventure, popular with boys.

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Annotation Tuesday! Sebastian Junger and the perfect storm

Annotation Tuesday! Sebastian Junger and the perfect storm | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The magazine story behind Sebastian Junger's celebrated nonfiction book A Perfect Storm ran in Outside magazine in October 1994. "The Storm" told the story of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat out of Gloucester, Mass., that sank amid horrific weather, killing everyone aboard. It’s a harrowing narrative "

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Top notch, exciting narrative, favourite with students.

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The Game, by Ken Dryden

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Metro Book Club: The Game, by Ken Dryden
It might be the one sports book that everyone in every walk of literary life agrees on.

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Yep! It's popular with teen boys who want hockey everything.

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The Alice Behind Wonderland, by Simon Winchester

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There are no simple conclusions about Lewis Carroll's photos of Alice
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For high school students who want to know the story behind Alice. Beautifully written.

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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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Rereading: Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Rereading: Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
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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Highly narrative memoir of journalist Griffin's immersion into racism of deep south. Well-developed characterization and setting help students to identify, empathize. Favourite with teen readers. 

 

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E=MC2

E=MC2 | 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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