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Middle School Ideas for Non-fiction
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor
by Sonia Sotomayor
Call Number: B Sot
Details her achievements, which serve as a true testament to the fact that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.
by Margarita Engle
In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.
Eyes of the World
by Marc Aronson ; Marina Budhos;
Looks at the life and work of war photographers Robert Capa and Gerta Taro, who were pioneers in the field of photojournalism as they captured images from the Spanish Civil War.
by Christy Jordan-Fenton; Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Margaret Pokiak-Fenton tells the story of her experiences as an eight-year-old Inuit girl in a church-run school in Aklavik, Canada, where her strong will made her the target of a mean-spirited nun.
I Am Malala (Young Reader's Edition)
by Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II
by Martin W. Sandler
Examines the American internment of Japanese Americans and immigrants in concentration camps during World War II, and the struggle of internees to rebuild their lives after they were freed at the end of the war.
by Maya Van Wagenen
Presents a memoir of a one year social experiment in which teen author Maya Van Wagenen followed a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.
Red Scarf Girl
by Ji-Li Jiang
The author tells about the happy life she led in China up until she was twelve-years-old when her family became a target of the Cultural Revolution, and discusses the choice she had to make between denouncing her father and breaking with her family, or refusing to speak against him and losing her future in the Communist Party.
by Michaela DePrince; Elaine DePrince
Call Number: B DeP
The autobiography of Michaela DePrince, who lived the first few years of her life in war-torn Sierra Leone until being adopted by an American family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
by Deborah Heiligman
The true story of the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent Van Gogh.
Upper School Ideas for Non-fiction
by Melanie Crowder
The inspiring story of Clara Lemlich, whose fight for equal rights led to the largest strike by women in American history.
by Michelle Obama
Call Number: B OBA
An autobiography of lawyer and American First Lady Michelle Obama.
by Tara Westover
A memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
The Family Romanov
by Candace Fleming
Details the history of Russia's last royal family, the Romanovs.
How I Resist
by Maureen Johnson
A collection of essays, songs, illustrations, and interviews about activism and hope
Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Adapted for Young Adults)
by Bryan A. Stevenson
Call Number: B Ste
In this very personal work, Bryan Stevenson recounts varied stories of his work as a lawyer in the US criminal justice system on behalf of those in society who have experienced some type of discrimination and/or have been wrongly accused of a crime and who deserve a powerful advocate and due justice under the law.
by Stoneman Douglas Students
Call Number: 371.7 Par
Featuring art and writing from the students of the Parkland tragedy, this is a raw look at the events of February 14, and a poignant representation of grief, healing, and hope.
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: B AND
A memoir that shares the author's life, covering her rape at thirteen, her difficult early childhood, and her experiences surrounding her publication of 'Speak'.