Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Great Non-Fiction is Often Overlooked

My sister, Karen, is a 7th grade teacher at a school back in Illinois.  She's always asking me for suggestions for non-fiction for her students, usually boys who have lost interest in reading.  But she require recreational reading, so they don't have a lot of choice.  These are two of the books that I've recommended over the past few years:

Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  by Laura Hillenbrand.
This was one of my first suggestions to her.  And it's still one of my favorite books to recommend to anyone who's looking for a good read.  Compelling characters, amazing story, and a very satisfying conclusion.

Lost in Shangri-La:  A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
Flushes with my success, I thought that I'd hit a winner with this one.  And I did, but quite unexpectedly, with not only the boys in her classes, but the girls.  They loved the idea that a woman was part of the group who made their way across New Guinea, caught between primitive tribes and the enemy Japanese.

And would you believe it, now she's calling me with ideas!  We both loved The Boys in the Boat:  Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

What non-fiction titles would you recommend for this group?

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