narrative nonfiction

Beetle Battles

One Scientist’s Journey of Adventure and Discovery Written by Doug Emlen You don’t have to be a beetle lover like me to enjoy Beetle Battles. Emlen focuses on the evolution of the dung beetle, but readers will enjoy the many photos and details about beetles in general. One of my favorite is the photo of …

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Born To Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America

Written by Steve Sheinkin, Illustrated by Bijou Karman Who knew there was a women’s air derby, the first women’s air race across America, in 1929? I certainly didn’t. In fact, the only woman who competed in the race that I was familiar with before reading this book is Amelia Earhart. This story is filled with …

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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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