It's True! Nonfiction Booklist

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  • Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain

    Russell Freedman (J979.4 Free)

    Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly Chinese, passed through Angel Island Immigration Station. This is their story that deserves to be told. A brief, powerful, and image-filled book.

  • El Deafo

    Cece Bell (JB Bell)

    As a child, how do you deal with hearing loss and the necessity of using a huge hearing aid? By becoming superhero, El Deafo! In graphic novel format, artist Cece Bell recounts her early childhood and loss of hearing. A Newbery Honor book.

  • Fighting fire! : Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them

    Michael L. Cooper (J363.3709 Coop)

    From the "Great Fire of 1760," which destroyed 349 homes in Boston, to San Diego's "Witch Fire" of 2007, which destroyed 3,069 homes and buildings, burned half a million acres and killed 17 people, Fighting Fire! details ten of America's worst fires.

  • Brown Girl Dreaming

    Jacqueline Woodson (JB Wood)

    Written in verse, this is a memoir of youth author Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood. Brown Girl Dreaming was the 2015 National Book Award winner, a Newbery Honor book, and Coretta Scott King Book Award winner.

  • Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France

    Mara Rockliff (E973.3 Rock)

    Mesmerized combines history with science and humor. Using the scientific method, Benjamin Franklin deduced that Dr. Mesmer had indeed discovered something, but not the something he had claimed!

  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

    Duncan Tonatiuh (J379.263 Tona)

    A 2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book for excellence in nonfiction, this is the story of how Sylvia Mendez and her family helped end school segregation in California – years before the Brown vs. Board of Education case.

  • When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses

    Rebecca L. Johnson (J591.47 John)

    Fun facts and photos of the defense mechanisms that creatures use to avoid being another creature’s lunch!

  • Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman

    Marc Nobleman (JB Fing)

    Every Batman comic book is marked with the words “Batman created by Bob Kane.” For almost thirty years, fans did not suspect otherwise. But that is not the whole truth.” Bill the Boy Wonder is the story, in comic format, of Bill Finger, the co-creator and long-time writer of Batman.

  • Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron

    Mary Losure (J305.23 Losu)

    Found in 1797, as a young boy, living wild and naked in the mountains of France, the Savage of Aveyron, was treated in turns as a curiosity, an object of derision, a specimen, an imbecile, a burden. This is his amazing story.

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