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Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life On Fire, by Jerry D. Mathes

Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life On Fire, by Jerry D. Mathes | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
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Jerry D. Mathes' second nonfiction book, Ahead of the Flaming Front, portrays the day-to-day life of a wildland firefighter.
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Survival.  Mathes writes about sliding down ropes into remote fires, pitching in on hand crews to build fire lines, working as a sawyer, and traveling to fill in on other crews.

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FIRE, by Sebastian Junger

FIRE, by Sebastian Junger | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

KIRKUS REVIEWRun-for-cover writing from scary places, by Junger (A Perfect Storm, 1997), a man with an appetite for the ragged edge of life and the ability to write about it with restrained power. Deeply affecting stories of a ruthless world, natural and man-made, that will leave you stunned and distraught.

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FIRE MOUNTAIN: How One Man Survived the World's Worst Volcanic Disaster, by Peter Morgan

FIRE MOUNTAIN: How One Man Survived the World's Worst Volcanic Disaster, by Peter Morgan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

In an excellent work of history and social commentary, Morgan chronicles the events leading up to and the aftermath of the devastating 1902 eruption of Mount Pelée on the Caribbean island of Martinique, along with the life of the local city's only known survivor, a laborer named Ludger Sylbaris. The blast destroyed the city of St. Pierre and its 30,000 inhabitants in a matter of hours.

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Tie in to Simon Winchester's Krakatoa, another volcanic disaster
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THE GIRL WITH THE CROOKED NOSE by Ted Botha

THE GIRL WITH THE CROOKED NOSE by Ted Botha | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The real-life saga of Frank Bender, who unexpectedly rode a commercial photography career to a parallel gig reconstructing the faces of unidentified murder victims and suspects.
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Double Doll, by Sharleen Daugherty

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A Wall Street–savvy consultant, turned Navajo rug trader, Daugherty "set out to find weavers on the reservation; she aimed to sell their rugs and tapestries to wealthy collectors on the East Coast."  A deal gone bad with an English-speaking Navajo weaver leaves Daugherty feeling duped.

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Memoir. Feminism, matrilineal society, self-discovery. Insights into Anglo and Navajo ways of life.

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Under a Cruel Star: a Life in Prague 1941-1968, By Heda Margolius Kovály

Under a Cruel Star: a Life in Prague 1941-1968, By Heda Margolius Kovály | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Heda Kovály, the Czech translator of Roth, Chandler and Bellow, had a tragic history. In 1941, the mass deportation of Jews from Prague was instituted by the Nazis. "We were not yet inured to sounds of gunshots followed by agonizing screams, to unendurable thirst, nor to the suffocating air in the crammed cattle cars." Before they reached the Lodz ghetto, many perished on the long march in the snow, naked and barefoot.
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A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson

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"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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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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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The Black Count ... swashbuckling exploits inspired The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. His name is Alex Dumas. Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, ..."

 

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The father of author Alexander Dumas was a "batarde", child of a white aristocrat father and a black slave mother. He eventually rose to rank of general in the French army fighting under Napoleon.

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Memoirs That Will Last | Collection Development

Memoirs That Will Last | Collection Development | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
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A list of popular memoirs that are proven favourites with teen readers.

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A Train In Winter, by Caroline Moorehead

A Train In Winter, by Caroline Moorehead | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"A Train in Winter is not a story of ethnic victims, but of political resisters. It tells the tale of many of the 230 Frenchwomen of Convoi 31000, deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on 24 January 1943, of whom only 49 survived."

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100 Great Nonfiction Books

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100 of the best nonfiction books of all time: Must-read works of narrative nonfiction, essay collections, and classic journalism
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This list from @electric_type is a gold mine of CNF titles for students to choose from.

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Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild, by Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud

Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild, by Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Canadian content. " There’s that whole history of genocide against the first peoples, for starters, though some may say this has little to do with our contemporary reality. "

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What's a starlight tour? "This pleasant-sounding term is in fact a euphemism for the Saskatoon police department’s practice of driving troublesome native youths to the edge of town and leaving them there."

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Wounded, by Emily Mayhew

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GrrlScientist: Written by a historian and shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, Wounded traces a soldier's journey from injury on the battlefield to recovery in Britain, documenting how modifications during the Great War forever changed how medical care is provided to front-line soldiers today
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Book Excerpt : "Basically, literary journalism is an experimental hybrid that serves two masters; it must be factually accurate and it must be written with attention to literary style and technique."

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Lost Girls : An Unsolved American Mystery, by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls : An Unsolved American Mystery, by Robert Kolker | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"In mid-December 2010, the Suffolk County police discovered the bodies of four women, each wrapped in burlap, on a desolate, bramble-covered stretch of sand called Gilgo Beach. The corpses were later identified as those of four prostitutes,"

Leslie Whidden's insight:

True Crime. Students have read the review and recommend we buy. Already a line-up to read our copy as soon as it arrives.

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God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre, by Richard Grant

God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre, by Richard Grant | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

As he travels through Mexico’s Sierra Madre, one of the largest drug-producing regions in the world, British journalist Grant (American Nomads ) encounters a rugged landscape where the mythical old Mexico meets the challenges of the new.

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Grade 11 student: 'Highly recommended!" Prologue will catch readers' attention. Topics: violence and drug cartels. Style: fast-paced, humorous, dialogue in dialect, mid-level difficulty.

 

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THE QUEEN OF KATWE, by Tim Crothers

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Sports journalist Crothers' moving account of an impoverished Ugandan girl's unlikely rise to prominence in the world of competitive chess.

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Reminiscent of Walter Tevis' novel, The Queen's Gambit.

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IRENA'S CHILDREN by Tilar J. Mazzeo | Kirkus Reviews

IRENA'S CHILDREN by Tilar J. Mazzeo | Kirkus Reviews | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

The remarkable history of the "female Schindler."

The story of Irena Sendler (1910-2008), who saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis, was buried for decades by the communist administration of Poland. It finally came to light in the 1990s, and Mazzeo (The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, 2014, etc.) has combed archives and interviewed the few survivors to tell the tale.

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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 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 Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness, by Mark Rowlands

The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness, by Mark Rowlands | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

The story of Brenin, the wolf, and his owner, Mark Rowland, an animal-loving philosopher ....

"It's an unusual little book: not quite an autobiography (a lot of the time its subject cedes the limelight to his four-legged companion), nor straightforwardly a work of philosophy ... It is perhaps best described as the autobiography of an idea, or rather a set of related ideas, about the relationship between human and non-human animals."

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Author reflects on lessons learned in the company of his beloved pet wolf. Anecdotal style builds context for philosophical concepts.

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THE TRUE GERMAN, by Werner Otto Muller-Hill

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A prescient World War II diary by a German judge who loathed the Nazi regime yet was a military judge during the war.
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Highly recommended by grade 11 student. One of the few books about WW2 atrocities from a German point of view.

May be read with All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.

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Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell

Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"A suicide mission – a task which is so dangerous for the people involved that they are not expected to survive... Luttrell has an identical twin brother named Morgan, both towering at 6’5, 230 pounds and both are Navy Seals. They began preparing for their rough adult lives since boys,"

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Likely to be enjoyed by students who liked 'The Deserter's Tale'. This review is written by a teen, for TeenInk magazine, 'written by teens since 1989'. Couldn't find a better recommendation.

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World Book Night mans up for 2014 giveaway

World Book Night mans up for 2014 giveaway | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Chosen with reluctant readers in mind – far more of whom are men than women – next year's list is dominated by male writers

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10 Non-Fiction Books You Should Be Reading - Uloop News

Despite the common misconception that true stories can never be as exciting as the ones people make up, well written non-fiction books are captivating, entertaining, and informative, and their...

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