Non-fiction for Reluctant 9th Grade

  • Alicia: My Story by Alicia Appleman-Juman

  • A Polish teenager escapes the Nazis and helps other Jews in the progress.

    I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by L. Bitton-Jackson
    The memoir of a teenager who was in Auschwitz.

    Into Thin Air by Jan Krakauer
    The story of a group of climbers, who were unexpectedly hit with a tragic storm, while climbing Mt. Everest.

    In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
    The story of a Polish Catholic teenager who saves 16 Jews during WWII.

    The Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel
    The story of Zindel’s own “pigman” while growing up in Staten Island.

    I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler by Ted Lewin

    Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman

    Knots in my Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli

    Savion: My Life in Tap by Savion Glover and Bruce Weber

    Lives of Extraordinary women: Rulers, Rebels (and what the neighbors thought) by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt
    (Also in this series: Lives of the Presidents, Lives of the Musicians)

    Pick & Shovel Poet: The Journeys of Pascal D’Angelo by Jim Murphy

    Red Scarf Girl by Jiang

    Chinese Cinderella by Mah
    The true story of an unwanted daughter growing up in an affluent and powerful family in Shangahi and Hong Kong.

    My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

    Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder by Tony Hawk
    The skateboard legend talks about his life in the sport.

    Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jenniffer Armstrong

    Maus by Art Spiegleman

    Buttons Bones, and the Organ Grinders Monkey: Tales of Historical Archaeology by Meg Greene

    A Child Called It: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer

    Radsports Guides by Tracey Maurer
    Series includes titles on skiing, bmx, inline skating, snowboarding, etc.  Would be good for slow readers.

    Phineas Gage: Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science by John Fleischman

    Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island by Wilbron

    American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America by Richard Wormser
    What it is like for a young person to be a Muslim in the United States after the World Trade Center Bombings?  Muslim teens tell their stories in this new edition of a respected book.

    Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
    Magnificently atmospheric collages and a moving poem by a master YA author tells of an electrifying and deeply humanizing moment that sums up the madness of war. (Picture Book.)

    The DK Secret Worlds Series, especially Code Breakers and Gladiators Guts by Gary Paulsen
    The real life adventures behind Hatchet.  Lots of thrills and gross stuff.

    Scholastic Book of World Records 2002
    Reluctant readers sometimes prefer to browse in a nonlinear way.

    Don’t Step on the Foul Line: Sports Superstitions by George Sullivan

    October Sky by Homer Hickam

    Within Reach by Mark Pfezer
    Mark, at the age of sixteen, attempted to climb Mt. Everest.  He was part of the infamous 1996 expedition.

    The Greatest by Walter Dean Myers

    The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
    Tells the story of the fire that nearly burnt down the entire Chicago.

    The Blizzard by Jim Murphy
    Tells the story of the great blizzard of 1888 on the North East Coast of the United States.  The account includes the changes that occurred historically as a result of the event.

    The Sports Fan’s Ultimate Trivia Book by Bob Mann (Orca Press)

    Food Rules! The Stuff You Munch, Its Crunch, Its Punch, and Why You Sometimes Lose Your Lunch by Bill Haduch.
    A colorful, fun, and informative description of all aspects of nutrition, fiber, carbs, sugar and even bad breath and flatulence.

    Forensic Science:  Evidence, Clues and Investigation by Andrea Campbell
    A lively and informative examination of the process of obtaining and examining evidence in criminal cases.

    Freaky Facts about Natural Disaster and More Freaky Facts About Natural Disasters by Mary Barnes and Kathleen Duey (Aladdin)

    Olympia: Warrior Athletes of Ancient Greece by David Blacklock.  Illustrated by David Kennett.
    Exquisite paintings and drawings tell the story of the early Olympic games in a book that draws creatively on the graphic novel style.

    Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos
    Gantos was desperate for money for college, so when he was offered ten thousand dollars to smuggle drugs into New York he did it.  And he got caught.

    Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers

    No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa, by Tim McKee
    Narratives from teens reflecting on their experiences before and after apartheid.  A large format book with a lot of photographs, which may look less intimidating to reluctant and less strong readers.

    The Rose That Grew >From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

    Hidden Evidence: 40 True Crimes and How Forensic Science Helped Solve Them by David Owen
    A look at how forensic science has developed and snapshots of 40 crimes and how forensics was involved.  Some of the cases covered are, the Lockerbie bombing, Dr. Crippen and the bombings of WTC and Oklahoma City.

    Baseball Parks (Sports Placs) by Thomas S. Owens
    Many photos illustrate a behind-the-scene look at the planning and development of new ballparks, as well as a history of the early days of baseball stadiums.

    Twin Tales: The Magic and Mystery of Multiple Birth by Donna M. Jackson
    Intriguing details and lots of anecdotes and color photos enliven this interesting look at multiple births.

    Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell
    The riveting story of the horrifying famine that changed Ireland forever, causing a million deaths and two million emigrants.

    Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis
    by Pete Nelson
    (A fantastic account of a high school boy’s science projects
    that ended up overturning the court martial of the captain of the
    Indianapolis 40 years or so after the incident).

    Fingerprints and Talking Bones: How real-life crimes are solved By Charlotte Foltz Jones
    and The Bone Detectives: how forensic anthropologists solve crimes and
    uncover mysteries of the dead by Donna Jackson
    Both of these are riveting, especially for fans of the TV show CSI.

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