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‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan

‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The black-and-white picture showed young women in the 1940s enriching uranium for the world’s first atomic bomb. The neatly dressed women sat in a large factory, their hands on knobs and levers as they looked sideways at a photographer...

Kiernan said what piqued her interest was learning that none of the women photographed had any idea they were actually helping to build a bomb. "

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WW2 narrative from a different angle - the home front 'manned' by women. 

 

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BILL BRYSON – “DOWN UNDER” | Steve Rudd

BILL BRYSON – “DOWN UNDER” | Steve Rudd | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

" As with all Bryson's light-hearted but fiercely informative writing, "Down Under" is a truly fantastic read that mixes genuinely hilarious anecdotes with fascinating and highly detailed sojourns into the history of all the places he visits during his stay there "  Rudd

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Rudd's review of "Down Under" exactly describes Bryson's writing style and substance. I've read "Walk In the Woods", an earlier Bryson travelogue. Guaranteed, these will be popular with students who plan on seeing the world, first-hand or through a good book.

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The Unlisted List

The Unlisted List | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Earlier this spring, we announced our intention to make a list. An unlisted list: A list of women writers of various forms of creative nonfiction that future list-makers and anthologists, should th...
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Many of the titles in this list appeal to female high school readers.: Mary Karr, Jeannette Walls, Rebecca Skloot. A great resource for high school English teachers and librarians.

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American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, by Chris Kyle

American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, by Chris Kyle | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Bestselling author Kyle (American Sniper) was putting the final touches on this discerning study of 10 firearms - completed by his widow and Doyle - that changed the course of warfarethe course of warfare when he was killed at a gun range ... "

 

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Bad Blood by Lorna Sage.

Bad Blood by Lorna Sage. | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Sage is interested in lives that don't fit: family black sheep, misshapen marriages, homes too small to house either the hatred of their inhabitants or their exclusive love. Set between the second world war and the 1960s. "

 

 

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Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, recommends Bad Blood. "It’s a memoir of childhood and private life that has an almost eerie immediacy." http://nyti.ms/12B9djg

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Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens

Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
I love a great book.  What I love even more is seeing my tween get really into a good book. Tweens can be voracious readers, but they also have very discerning literary taste.
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Excellent resources.

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Narrative Nonfiction: Five Must-Read Books

Narrative Nonfiction: Five Must-Read Books | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Harrowing plane crashes, a true Bronx tale and more. (Five must-read narrative nonfiction books: http://t.co/9Iu0i7oGCJ —MO)
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New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser |

New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke  Hauser | | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Winner oftheAlexAward. Recognizes 'adult books that appeal to teens.'

"Each September on the first day of school, the new kids are easy to spot. Some arrive in their native dress, like the Bangladeshi girls in colorful shalwar kameez, or the African boy who walked the halls in goatskin sandals lined with bristly hair. "

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Did Truman Capote invent much of "In Cold Blood"?

Did Truman Capote invent much of "In Cold Blood"? | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

New allegations suggest that Truman Capote might have invented some of his "nonfiction" book "In Cold Blood." Perhaps a note from the publisher in forthcoming editions is in order. But as a lifelong student of literature – fiction and nonfiction – I’d hate to just cast “In Cold Blood” to the wind."

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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, March 2, 2013 1:26 PM

Do we librarians file it under Fiction... or worse yet throw it out? The pile is growing with Frey, Lehrer, Mortenson. Can't assign degrees of wrongness - allow some to stay, toss some. But, it's hard to give up a book with literary substance.

Catherine Revill's curator insight, January 26, 2015 8:43 PM

Looks Interesting!

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Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, by Monique Gray Smith

Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, by Monique Gray Smith | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"In this thinly disguised memoir, Aboriginal author Smith recounts her life journey as she copes with racism, the legacy of residential schools and alcoholism, ...

  This book introduces themes that would generate much useful discussion in high school explorations of Aboriginal history and present-day activism. It would also serve well as a basis for the memoir vs creative nonfiction debate."

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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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Slower pace, more meditative. Student stalks author; love turns to hate.

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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Jon Krakauer's Missoula is the true-crime story of a handful of acquaintance rapes in one college town. Krakauer, who happens to be my favorite narrative nonfiction writer, uses the same technique ...  to examine the way a single American community handled a number of university rape cases.

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Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, Where Men Win Glory, and Three Cups of Deceit.

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Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel

Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

" A harrowing account of the 'after-war' faced by soldiers returning battle-scarred from Iraq impresses Geoff Dyer '

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Impressive : Foreward written by General Romeo Dallaire, introduction written by Carol Off. 

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Rifleman: A Front-Line Life, By Victor Gregg with Rick Stroud

Rifleman: A Front-Line Life, By Victor Gregg with Rick Stroud | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In 1944, Victor Gregg, a paratrooper with the Allied forces, was captured by the Germans at the Battle of Arnhem. His platoon, reduced to three men, had run out of ammunition and were holding back the enemy by pelting them with stones.
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WW II war memoir. Fast paced. Survival of a street smart kid.

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RANDOM FAMILY, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

RANDOM FAMILY, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"An observant, gutsy journalist immerses herself in the lives of marginal Bronx residents... LeBlanc's story begins in the mid-1980s, as 16-year-old Jessica cruises Tremont Avenue, hoping to attract young men amid the drug trafficking and otherwise colorful street life on corner after corner."

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – review

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – review | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The US rowing team's victory at Hitler's 1936 Olympics is charted in a dramatic Depression-era account destined for Hollywood, writes Jay Parini
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Appeals to phys ed students:  "But this story wasn't just about him; it was always about the boat: nine rangy boys – sons of farmers, fishermen, and loggers – who managed to coalesce into a rowing team that would march confidently into the 1936 Olympics under the hawkish eyes of Hitler, emerging victorious over rival crews from Germany and Italy."

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Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, by Roz Savage

Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, by Roz Savage | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Savage, a famous ocean rower was a thirty-something non-athlete when she took up the sport, having just chucked her job and left her marriage. The only solo female entrant in the grueling 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race, Savage chronicles her initial voyage with a memoir of peril and perseverance."

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This Is Water by David Foster Wallace - Full Speech

Speech given by David Foster Wallace to Kenyon College's 2005 graduating class.
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I have given this little book to many graduating teens, as well as to many young adults. It strikes a chord of truth with them. Listen to Wallace delivering this commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005.

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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:51 PM

I have given this little book to many graduating teens, as well as to many young adults. It strikes a chord of truth with them. Listen to Wallace delivering this commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005.

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The Spark: a Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

The Spark: a Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by  Kristine Barnett | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.
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Great read. Fast paced, highly narrative; combines story of Jacob's developmemt with story of mother's fight to reform education for her son and other autistic children.

 

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THE MARK INSIDE by Amy Reading

THE MARK INSIDE by Amy Reading | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Narrative nonfiction of the most enjoyable sort, The Mark Inside recaps the origins of the term “confidence man,” the seven steps of a big con (illustrated by several real-life cons with other victims), and the four-year-long wild ..."

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IN THE HOT ZONE

IN THE HOT ZONE | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
An online reporter visits some of the world's nastiest places, where wars rage and ordinary people with extraordinary courage suffer unspeakable pain and loss.
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Short essays devoted to a specific war zone. Good choice for students who want shorter length reading blocks, longread length.

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People Who Eat Darkness:
The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo—and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry

People Who Eat Darkness: <br/>The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo—and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"London Times Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief Parry spent nearly a decade in pursuit of the truth behind the disappearance and murder of a young British woman in Tokyo. He offers an exceptional—and terrifying—account of sexual sadism, the Japanese legal system, and a family ripped apart by tragedy."

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One of Publishers Weekly best books of 2012. Haven't read it yet, but sounds promising.

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The Heart of Everything That Is, by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

The Heart of Everything That Is, by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Drawing on original documents, including Red Cloud’s own autobiography – missing for 100 years – the authors paint a full and vivid picture of the Oglala Sioux leader.

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Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King.

Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King. | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Leonardo da Vinci was a genius of delay, a master of the unfinished.

With a fiction writer’s feel for character, King depicts a supremely ingenious, enigmatic, stubbornly independent, and underachieving Leonardo, and, with a nonfiction writer’s skill, he sets the sketch against a richly described background of a society in creative and often violent ferment.

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The review promises an engaging story. For those interested in biography, history and art.

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The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel. An excerpt

The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel. An excerpt | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
BAGHDAD -- The general was coming. His helicopter was landing. The great David Petraeus was nearly here.
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"The Good Soldiers recounts nearly a year in the life of a U.S. Army battalion stationed in a particularly rough part of Baghdad."

 

 

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