Non-Fiction for Tweens and Teens Book Recommendations

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future #1) Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Recommended by Oprah's Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and TODAY.com

Also available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey


We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419741111
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

A stirring look at nonviolent activism, from American suffragists to Civil Rights to the Climate Change Movement
 
We Are Power brings to light the incredible individuals who have used nonviolent activism to change the world. The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work?


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America


This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250180834
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Published: Square Fish - September 24th, 2019

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War is New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin's award-winning nonfiction account of an ordinary man who wielded the most dangerous weapon: the truth.

“Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544785137
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Published: Clarion Books - January 2nd, 2018

On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations.


We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781547600762
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - September 11th, 2018

This young adult adaptation of the New York Times bestselling White Rage is essential antiracist reading for teens.

An NAACP Image Award finalist

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A NYPL Best Book for Teens


Free Lunch Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324003601
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Published: Norton Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Winner of the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.


Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780872867659
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Published: City Lights Books - August 6th, 2019

Chosen a Best Children's Book of the Year by the Bank Street Center

Voted a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews

A biography for younger readers about one of the most influential activists of our time, who was an early advocate for African Americans and for gay rights.


Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544313675
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Published: Clarion Books - August 4th, 2015

What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged? With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life.


March: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

#1 New York Times Bestseller


The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780375867828
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - July 8th, 2014

“[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall Street Journal
 


A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062453037
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 21st, 2020

Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist!

The gripping true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II—from Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607749769
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 26th, 2016

It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
 


Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525580034
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 18th, 2018

The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!


Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781942186489
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Published: Zest Books - October 1st, 2019

Teen life is hard enough with all of the pressures kids face, but for teens who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), it’s even harder. When do you decide to come out? To whom? Will your friends accept you?


Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781459821248
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - March 24th, 2020

★ "An indispensable and celebratory primer on the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. An excellent resource that is as thorough as it is visually appealing." --School Library Journal, starred review


Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women (Rad Women) Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399581106
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 17th, 2018

From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20.


This Is 18 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419741234
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Published: Amulet Books - November 12th, 2019

A stunning celebration of girlhood around the world, from the New York Times
 
Featuring and photographed by young women, This Is 18 is an immersive look at what it means to be on the cusp of adulthood around the world and across cultures.


Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World (Women in Science) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399580437
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 10th, 2019

Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today--from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science.


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763673680
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.


Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win (Women in Science) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607749783
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 18th, 2017

Illustrated profiles of fifty pioneering female athletes, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science

Women for the win!


Dragon Hoops Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

In his latest graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.

Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.


The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544717138
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Published: Clarion Books - February 20th, 2018

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