• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Friday, November 1, 2019

Nonfiction for Teens

The telling and sharing of fairy tales is nothing new, but in these twisted tales the story you thought you knew won’t be found here.

"Lighter than my shadow" by Katie Green

Recounts the author's experiences with an eating disorder, stemming from being a picky eater in childhood and devolving into a dangerous disease.

"The faithful spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the plot to kill Hitler" by John Hendrix

Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive. Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible!

"Dreaming in code: Ada Byron Lovelace, computer pioneer" by Emily Arnold McCully

An award-winning author presents an illuminating biography of Ada Lovelace, the brilliant daughter of Lord Byron, Britain’s most infamous Romantic poet, who is now recognized as a pioneer and prophet of the information age for her ideas and concepts, formulated in collaboration with inventor Charles Babbage, that presaged computer programming by almost 200 years.

"Failing Up: how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning" by Leslie, Jr. Odom

The Tony-award winning actor draws from personal experience to help readers unlock true potential and empower themselves to achieve their dreams and improve tomorrow.

"Never quit: how I became a special ops Pararescue Jumper" by Jimmy Settle

Recounts how an Alaskan shoe-store clerk became a Special Operations Rescue Jumper and war hero and describes some of his most terrifying and exciting missions.

"The IF in life: how to get off life's sidelines and become your best self" by Rashad Jennings

In his first-ever book, The IF in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self, former NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars winner Rashad Jennings shares his inspiring story, imparts practical advice, and encourages readers to follow their dreams.

"Almost adulting: all you need to know to get it together (sort of)" by Arden Rose

A social media celebrity and lifestyle vlogger explains how to survive future adulthood, from how to travel alone to being in an actual relationship.