Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens
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ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR HORSES, by Mandy Retzlaff

ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR HORSES, by Mandy Retzlaff | 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.

Leslie Whidden's insight:

Africa. Post-apartheid struggles. A grade 10 student confided:

      I'm not a reader, but I LOVED this book.

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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

"This is how wars are fought now: by children, traumatized, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. Beah's memoir "provides the human context that is missing."

Leslie Whidden's insight:

#1 teen read. Sierra Leone. Child soldiers. Rehabililtation. Teen readers not keen on fiction often claim this is the first book they have finished reading ... and enjoyed.


Youtube interview, Ishmael Beah

"Childhood became monstrous when you were forced to kill your families and burn your villages."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KytToTiPU4U

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