GSTBA Voting -- Non Fiction -- Grades 6-12

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El Deafo Bell, Cece
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Laughing At My Nightmare Burcaw, Shane With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease. (http://www.amazon.com/Laughing-at-Nightmare-Shane-Burcaw/dp/162672007X)
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The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond Dillon, Patrick and Stephen Biesty We spend most of our lives in buildings. We make our homes in them. We go to school in them. We work in them. But why and how did people start making buildings? How did they learn to make them stronger, bigger, and more comfortable? Why did they start to decorate them in different ways? From the pyramid erected so that an Egyptian pharaoh would last forever to the dramatic, machine-like Pompidou Center designed by two young architects, Patrick Dillon’s stories of remarkable buildings — and the remarkable people who made them — celebrates the ingenuity of human creation. Stephen Biesty’s extraordinarily detailed illustrations take us inside famous buildings throughout history and demonstrate just how these marvelous structures fit together. (http://www.amazon.com/Story-Buildings-Pyramids-Sydney-Beyond/dp/0763669903)
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Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific Farrell, Mary Cronk and Diane Carlson Evans In the early 1940s, young women enlisted for peacetime duty as U.S. Army nurses. But when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the United States into World War II, 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them … Pure Grit is a story of sisterhood and suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life. The women cared for one another, maintained discipline, and honored their vocation to nurse anyone in need—all 101 coming home alive. The book is illustrated with archival photographs and includes an index, glossary, and timeline. (http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Grit-American-Survived-Pacific/dp/1419710281)
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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Fleming, Candace Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost;The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. (http://www.amazon.com/Family-Romanov-Rebellion-Outstanding-Nonfiction/dp/0375867821)
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The Dumbest Idea Ever! Gownley, Jimmy Jimmy Gownley's graphic novel memoir about the "dumb" idea that changed his life forever! What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down? At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right.How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class? (http://www.amazon.com/Dumbest-Idea-Ever-Jimmy-Gownley/dp/054545347X)
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Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A World War I Tale) Hale, Nathan World War I set the tone for the 20th century and introduced a new type of warfare: global, mechanical, and brutal. Nathan Hale has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative, and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little-known secrets) of the infamous war. (http://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Hales-Hazardous-Tales-Treaties/dp/1419708082)
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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Kuklin, Susan
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The Green Teen Cookbook: Recipes for All Seasons Marchive, Laurane and Pam McElroy “Going green is hard to do especially when it comes to food. There are acronyms to learn, labels to decipher, seasons to accommodate, and grocery stores to navigate and that's before you even turn on the stove! The Green Teen Cookbook cuts through the chaos and shows teens how to shop smarter, cook more consciously, and eat a healthier diet. (http://www.amazon.com/Green-Teen-Cookbook-Laurane-Marchive/dp/1936976587)
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Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business--and Won! McCully, Emily Arnold Born in 1857 and raised in oil country, Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time. Her series of articles on the Standard Oil Trust…revealed to readers the underhanded, even illegal practices that had led to Rockefeller's success… she went on to achieve remarkable prominence for a woman of her generation as a writer and shaper of public opinion. This biography offers an engrossing portrait of a trailblazer in a man's world who left her mark on the American consciousness. (http://www.amazon.com/Ida-M-Tarbell-Challenged-Business-ebook/dp/B00AUZS6RE)
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Friendship Bracelets: All Grown Up: Hemp, Floss, and Other Boho Chic Designs to Make McNeill, Suzanne
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The Freedom Summer Murders Mitchell, Don To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, this will be the first book for young adults to explore the harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK. In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Summer-Murders-Don-Mitchell/dp/0545477255)
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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir Prince, Liz Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher's mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. Tomboy is a graphic novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu. A memoir told anecdotally, Tomboyfollows author and zine artist Liz Prince through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to "be a girl." From staunchly refuting anything she perceived as being "girly" to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, regardless of your gender, Tomboy is as much humorous and honest as it is at points uncomfortable and heartbreaking. (http://www.amazon.com/Tomboy-Graphic-Memoir-Liz-Prince/dp/1936976552)
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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Riordan, Rick and John Rocco … in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. ‘If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.’ (http://www.amazon.com/Percy-Jacksons-Greek-Gods-Riordan/dp/1423183649)
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The Closer: Young Readers Edition Rivera, Mariano and Wayne Coffey From a childhood playing pickup games in Panama to an epic career with the New York Yankees, Mariano's rise to greatness has been anything but ordinary. He's the guy on the mound who doesn't hear the crowd, just the sound of the ump calling, Strike! The teammate you can rely on, even when the bases are loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Whether you know him as Mo or as the Sandman, Mariano is The Closer, and this is his story. Full of tips for young athletes and tales from the Yankee clubhouse, The Closer: Young Readers Edition is an inspiring story of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication that have defined the life of a baseball legend. (http://www.amazon.com/Closer-Young-Readers-Mariano-Rivera/dp/0316404802)
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Guys Read: True Stories Scieszka, Jon and Jim Murphy
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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Sheinkin, Steve On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution. This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America's armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights. (http://www.amazon.com/Port-Chicago-50-Disaster-Mutiny/dp/1596437960)
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Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence Van Wagenen, Maya Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. The real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular. (http://www.amazon.com/Popular-Pearls-Discovered-Secret-Confidence/dp/0147512549)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Woodson, Jacqueline
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