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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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Moving up the charts: Tried it on a few of our most resistant readers. They gave it a thumbs up. 'Buy more like it."

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CNF : it is the human stories that really ignite the subject

CNF : it is the human stories that really ignite the subject | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

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

 

"... 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." 

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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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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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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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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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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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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. I loved it.

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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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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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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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#3 teen read.   Teen con artist successfully impersonates co-pilot, doctor, lawyer, professor, all before the age of 21. Always a favourite with teen readers who are tough sells.

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Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Anne Enright marvels at Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller’s intense memoir of growing up in Rhodesia. What happens when it’s all your fault, and not your fault at all?

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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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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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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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The Alice Behind Wonderland, by Simon Winchester

The Alice Behind Wonderland, by Simon Winchester | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
There are no simple conclusions about Lewis Carroll's photos of Alice
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High level reading. For students who want to know the story behind Alice.  2015 is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – 150th Anniversary  http://lewiscarrollresources.net/2015/

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

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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Q&A with Katherine Boo, Author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Q&A with Katherine Boo, Author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
With its detailed depiction of life in one of Mumbai’s urban slums, Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a book that makes you wonder about the story behind the story. Bill Gates asks author Katherine Boo to answer a few questions.
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Best book. Follows one family's losing battle against poverty and corruption in Mumbai.

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Bill Gates interviews Katherine Boo. Deeper questions than the usual interview.

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H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald: ‘I was feral, I identified with the hawk, took on her character’

H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald: ‘I was feral, I identified with the hawk, took on her character’ | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

 

H Is for Hawk is an extraordinary memoir of grief that became the year’s most talked-about work of nonfiction. Excerpt:

 

“… the man pulls an enormous, enormous hawk out of the box and in a strange coincidence of world and deed a great flood of sunshine drenches us and everything is brilliance and fury. The hawk’s wings, barred and beating, the sharp fingers of her dark-tipped primaries cutting the air, her fine feathers raised like the scattered quills of a fretful porcupine. Two enormous eyes. My heart jumps sideways. She is a conjuring trick. A reptile. A fallen angel. A griffon from the pages of an illuminated bestiary. Something bright and distant, like gold falling through water. A broken marionette of wings, legs and light-splashed feathers.”

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Could-not-put-it-down! Beautiful prose. Poetic, high reading level. Metaphysical in a way similar to Moby Dick, Philosopher and the Wolf,

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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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Journeyman, by Sean Pronger

Journeyman, by Sean Pronger | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Honest. That is about the best way I can sum up Journeyman: The many triumphs (and even more numerous defeats) of a guy who's seen just about everything in the game of hockey.  I loved reading this..."

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Top boy read. Fast paced, dialogue, action.

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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 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.

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The author of “Seabiscuit” chronicles the ordeal of an Olympic runner turned World War II airman whose bomber crashed in the South Pacific.
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