Nonfiction BooksThe Acorn People by Rob Jones
Thinking it would be a "piece of cake" the author signed up to be a counselor at a summer camp for handicapped boys. At first glance he wanted to turn and run but stuck around and discovered that he probably learned far more from his campers that summer than they did from him.
Adrift : Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
Steven Callahan is the only man to have survived more than 30 days adrift at sea and this book tells his riveting account of that ordeal.
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
Everything that could possibly go wrong did on October 8, 1871 when the "great fire" of Chicago began and continued burning for 3 full days and nights leaving 100,000 people homeless. This is a fascinating book that will leave you shaking your head --- how could so many things go wrong?
The I Hate Mathematics Book by Marilyn Burns
Think you don't like math? You might change your mind after browsing through this book of puzzles, games, activities all centered around mathematics and showing what fun it can be.
Postcards from France by Megan McNeil Libby
This book, written by 16-year-old Megan McNeil Libby, tell of the year she spent as a high school exchange student in France. Each chapter has a different theme; some will make you laugh and some will make you cry but all are interesting!
Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North
Sterling North had Rascal as a lively pet when he was 11 years old and tells tales of their escapades in this title.
Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust by Susan D. Bachrach in conjunction with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This photo-history covers a general history of the Holocaust in 30 short chapters and shows the impact of the Holocaust on the young people of the times including the 1.5 million children and teenagers who were murdered by the Nazis.
Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
1957 marked the beginning of legally forced school integration and Ms. Beals was one of the first nine African Americans to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is her account of that civil rights battle.
The Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Through almost comical illustration and text, this book shows how various machines in our world function.
Within Reach : My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer, Jack Galvin
In this nonfiction (true) story, Mark Pfetzer recounts his determination to climb Mt. Everest and the difficulties he encountered in training, raising the necessary funds, and convincing people to take him seriously as he was only 14 years old! Fascinating reading! If you like reading about mountain climbing, read also Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman (fiction).
Zlata's Diary : A Child's Life in Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic
Ms. Filipovic began this journal just before her 11th birthday when life was still good and full of school, friends, piano lessons, parties. Then the war began and she describes the toll the bombing took on her family, friends, neighborhood, city, and country. It shows real war through the eyes of a young girl.