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Zombies, Vampires and Brains

Those are just some of the interesting topics to explore in the Teen nonfiction section of your local library. 

Nonfiction is often defined as the opposite of fiction.  According to The Pocket Oxford American Dictionary , nonfiction is prose writing based on facts, real events and real people, such as biography or history. 

There are all kinds of nonfiction books:

  • Biography and Memoir
  • Cookbooks
  • History
  • How-to
  • Informational
  • Science
  • Textbooks
  • Travel

Here is a short list of new teen nonfiction books:

How to to be a Genius:  Your Brain and How to Train It by John Woodward. This fun book includes lots of puzzles and brain games.  Did you know that “no one has discovered a part of the brain that gives a person a sense of self, or acts as the site of consciousness”? (p. 19)

The Secret Language of Birthdays by Alicia Thompson.  Find out what your birthday has to say about you. 

October 11   Charming, Accepting, Secure

+/- Like a musician, you like to keep things harmonious.  You avoid problems like the plague–but that also means that you don’t take chances.  (p.231)

For some creepy good fun, try How To Be a Zombie by Serena Valentino and How To Be a Vampire by Amy Gray. 

“It’s fun to be a Zombie!” “You can eat people that annoy you!”  “Be the ultimate pranskter!”  “Protest for Zombie Rights!”  “Freak Out the Tourists!”  (pages 92-95)

Hot X:  Algebra Exposed by Danica McKellar.  Danica explains word problems, polynominals, quadratic equations with a side of dating and fashion tips. 

For more nonfiction book recommendations, check out the booklists on the CLP-Teen page. 


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