Jr. High Nonfiction

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Written by Nikki Grimes In this memoir, Nikki Grimes talks about her childhood and how while growing up she used writing to help her cope with difficult situations. Her mother suffered from schizophrenia and Grimes was eventually placed in foster care. She goes through childhood separated from her sister but realizes the magic of writing. …

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Maker Comics: Draw A Comic!

Written and Illustrated by J.P. Coovert This book starts with a warning about using certain supplies and advises kids to use them properly and carefully. It then goes into each step of how to create a comic by starting with squares in which each scene will take place. It also gives them tips for how …

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Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship”

Written by Deborah Heiligman It was so refreshing reading a book about a part of World War II that I was unfamiliar with. I loved how Heiligman located interviews, letters, and news articles of the incident and was able to weave the story to feel like I was hearing the account told by the individuals …

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Three Days at the Brink: FDR’s Daring Gamble to Win World War II (Young Readers’ Edition)

Written by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney I really enjoyed this book! I think this book is good because it has a vivid description of how the events of World War II happened. It also has the back story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which I find very interesting. I liked everything about this book. Reviewed …

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Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry

Written by Dan Wetzel, Illustrated by Zeke Peña What does it take to become an NBA superstar? Stephen Curry’s life is one way to get there. In this book, Dan Wetzel explains the path he took to become a champion in the basketball world. From growing up with a basketball superstar for a dad and …

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Basketball’s G.O.A.T

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and more Written by Joseph Levit I like this book because it gives me an opportunity to learn more about basketball. I play basketball and like everything about basketball. This book tells about some of the great basketball players, guys and girls. The book has photos and stats. It’s really good. …

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The Speed of Starlight

Written by Colin Stuart, Illustrated by Ximo Abadía This covers just about everything in the universe! From questions like, “Why doesn’t the Moon fall down?” and “What’s inside an atom?” to “What sound does space make?” This book is amazing for the curious future scientist and anyone who would like to learn a thing or …

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A World of Discovery

Written by Richard Platt, Illustrated by James Brown This book covers 30 inventions that changed the world. Each invention includes a short story about the inspiration of the creation, interesting facts, and one full length illustrated page about how the invention works. It is a great book for readers who love history, science, or inventions. …

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Child of the Dream

A Memoir of 1963 Written by Sharon Robinson This is a memoir of a singular year in the life of Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson. As a newly minted teenager in 1963, Sharon is witness to the civil unrest in the “Deep South” and feels guilty about her comfortable, if not separate, …

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