The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

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Ask a Book Question: #71 (Non-Fiction for Kids)

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Betsy recently wrote in with this question:I'm looking for some good non-fiction titles about "People and Places That Interest Us" for a 7th grade reading unit at my school. I plan to introduce Three Cups of Tea and Chasing Lincoln's Killer. Do you have any other recommendations for page turners that 13 year olds would enjoy? My students are, by and large, strong readers. I usually book talk about 6 or 7 titles each month.Garth writes: Most of us at The Millions are passionate amateurs, rather than experts. However, we boast an asset many experts don't: the collective wisdom of you, our audience. We weren't sure we were qualified to answer this Book Question on our own, so we turned to Cynthia Oakes, a middle school librarian at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, a Millions reader, and (not incidentally) my mother-in-law. You may remember her from our 2007 Harry Potter interview. Here are the titles she suggested, "off the top of her head":Rocket Boys: A Memoir by Homer HickamBorn on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel TammetEleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman (and really, anything by him...)Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji Li JiangThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankHole in My Life by Jack GantosInto Thin Air by Jon KrakauerBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseDear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenhein (Well, of course I'd include this!)The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline AlexanderCounting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn by Larry ColtonMen of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold by Michael BenavevIf you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments. Thanks for the question Betsy and thanks for the help Cynthia!
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