Teenagers Read Nonfiction

What a great time we are having reading nonfiction!  Yes, nonfiction can be interesting.  It all depends on the book you choose.  Nonfiction is not all boring biographies.  The technology generation is surrounded by information, so they are much more open to reading factual material.  Let’s prove it.  What book are you reading?  Would other teens your age enjoy it?  Why or why not?

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950 thoughts on “Teenagers Read Nonfiction”

  1. This book is very interesting and entertaining. I wished there could have been more.
    What could be some brave and courageous things you would do for your country?

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  2. Yes i love reading my book. i am learning a lot of stuff that women did to get women rights. l feel that people will like reading the book that i am reading.

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  3. The book I’m reading is called “Kennedy’s Assasination The World Mourns” my book is about the killing of JFK by lee Harvey Oswald, and how he shot president kennedy.

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    1. Who wrote this book? Is the book based on facts alone, or the author’s first-hand experience?

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  4. The book I am reading is “Mysterious Messages”. Mysterious Messages is about codes and ciphers. It also talks about cryptography which is the art creating secret messages and it talks about how codes and ciphers have played a major role is some important events in history. It is a interesting book in my opinion.

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  5. I read “I did it without thinking” by Bob Hugel. It has 9 different stories about how teens became heroes and the bad decisions teens made that majorly effected their life. I encourage 8th graders to read this book because it could be helpful when making important decisions.

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  6. The book I am reading right now is called ” Devils in the Details.’ I think only girls would like this book. The book is about a teenage girl who is experiencing new things.

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  7. My book that I read is called Civil War Spies and that book was a pretty interesting one and helped me learn something and that was that there were spies back then in the Civil War. I can’t wait to read more about it and learn the stories of some brave spies

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    1. So far, what is the most interesting story you have read about the spies during the Civil War? What side did this spy belong to?

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      1. A very interesting spy I learned about was Elizabeth Van Lew. She was in support for he Union. She was a very courageous and curious spy, She refused to support the confederacy and people were mad. Elizabeth devised several schemes to get the messages she had to deliver to assigned place. One of those schemes were hiding messages in a hollow area in the heel of her shoe! She had a very creative mind and her expertise in spying led to many great victories for her side.

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  8. I’m reading a book called “Body Science”. I think that people who like science will like this book

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    1. I feel like people who like to learn about the body would really like your book because it would have a lot of interesting facts about the body

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    2. What exactly does the book talk about? Does it talk about the functions of a human body?

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  9. The book you read karis sounds interesting I would enjoy reading this book, because the author sounds very intresting.

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    1. Because it is a bit enjoyable to read because it talks about history but I do not know the author who wrote this but it’s still good to read never or less.

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  10. The Book I am reading is “James Harriot’s Favorite Dog Stroies”and it is by James Harriot. I think other teenagers my age will enjoy the book because the book is about James Harriot and how he helps dogs heal and help the dog’s enjeries. The book explains multiple of James’s favorite stories of the dogs he helps and how he helps them. One of the stories include a dog that is over fed and, if he keeps being over fed, he will start to act different and have trouble walking. There are many other stories about dogs James has helped.

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      1. James Harriot rights about his favorite stories of when he was veterinarian. He has had many dogs come in but he rights about his favorite stories of the dogs coming in.

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    1. This sounds like a very interesting book because I can relate to it in the fact that my dog has an esophagus problem and has to have special eating requirements.

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  11. I feel like teens that enjoy history should check out my book because it is very interesting and gives incite on women’s roles during the civil war. This is the start of women’s rights in history.

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  12. The book I am reading is called “Diana, Princess of Wales.” It is written by Sherry Beck Paprocki. I think other teens my age would enjoy it too, because it is a biography of the life of Princess Diana. Not only does it talk about her life as an isolated princess, but it explains the ups and downs of her childhood. This book takes you to the inside life of an incoming princess. She was a great mother and was very kind to the outside public. She wasn’t your normal princess. There was something special about her, which I think could be found appealing by those my age. Many people try to look at the uniqueness of others, and don’t often look forward to normality. The princess had her own twist on how things needed to be done. This shows people my age that you don’t have to be just like everyone else.

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      1. If she was the author it would be an auto-biography….. And it says the author is Sherry Beck Paprocki… It also talks about her death, so I don’t think Diana wrote it….

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    1. What made her as a princess stand out from others? What made her different and unique?

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      1. A normal princess wasn’t allowed to talk or be friendly with the guards, or people who weren’t royalty in the castle. She didn’t like the isolation of the castle. One day she even made a sandwich for one of the workers in the castle. She was very popular for her fashionable outfits. Most royalty leave their children with their nannies, but Diana was very active in the life of her two boys. People thought she was wild, because she wasn’t acting like the average princess. Charles knew it would be hard for her to adjust to her new life, but he wasn’t very active in their relationship. Diana was very depressed and struggled with bulimia. This caused many people to worry about her. Even through her isolation and depression, she was still able to help out many children in need. She visited children in Calcutta India, and she comforted dying women.

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  13. The book I am reading is called ” Those Courageous Women of the Civil War”. This book is mainly about the women during the civil war who proved their courage to the world. During this time, most women were just supposed to do household duties. They often were known was emotional, frail, and not fit to help the war effort. This book shows the passion women had to help the war effort. If women wanted to fight, they would go in disguise as men and fight. They would often get caught and have to move locations to fight in battle. This book is very interesting so far because it would eventually lead to changing the ideal jobs and roles of women.

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      1. So far what I have read, the children couldn’t really do much outside of the home to help during this time . They would mostly help their parents in maintaining household duties and keeping their family stable.

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    1. Sounds like an interesting book Sarah!!!!!!! What’s your favorite part about the book so far???????

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      1. An interesting part in my book is when Mary ¨Mother” Bickerdyke was well appreciated for her service during the war effort. The soldiers did not care if she was a female. This books says that everyone loved her including the soldiers. She was like a mother to everyone there. It says the officers considered her the most important person in the army. Ulysses S. Grant supported her service during this time.

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    2. Were the women that went into disguise ever punished for fighting in the war? How did the men react if they caught a woman in disguise trying to take part in the fighting?

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      1. Yes. Women would often get caught fighting in the war so they had to move locations. Some women even got arrested. In my book, Rose Greenbow was put into jail for trying to help during the war. There was actually four hundred women who fought in the war disguised as men!!! Often times the women would face pubic humiliation by men that saw them for who they truly were.

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  14. I am reading “Bad Boy”, an autobiography by Walter Dean Meyers. This book takes the reader on a journey through Meyer’s life and shows them what it took for Meyer to become the author he is today. I think this book suits many ages because it could pique the curiosity of both people interested in Meyer’s background and anyone looking for an inspirational story.

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    1. Did Meyers have any bad/hard things happen to him to make his story inspirational, or was his life story just interesting?

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      1. many things made his life difficult. for one, he had a speech problem despite his super intelligent brain and that got in him fights because he would take it upon himself to punch anyone who laughed. he also deals with racial segregation, but that doesn’t affect him until after his younger years.

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      1. his younger years were very hard for him due to his being adopted and his speech problem. he also really enjoyed reading, which was odd for someone his age and got him a lot of unwanted attention. he got himself into many fights because he didn’t take other kids teasing him about his reading habits or speech issue lightly.

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  15. In my book the main character is a women who is a colonel’s wife and she had gone through so much in her life. She is a mother that lost 2 of her children out of 7 and she has her responsibilities as the colonel’s wife. When he’s away she takes care of many things around the fort. After all of this she died at age 60 with a disease that they caught too late.

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    1. When she got sick and died, did her husband come back already or was he still doing his job as a colonel?

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  16. I am reading a book called “Princess Diana”. In this book, it talks about the life of Diana as a child, how she became part of the royal family, her life as a princess, how her life was affected after her divorce with Prince Charles, and how she died. This gives a lot of information about the life of Princess Diana, and what she went through as part of the royal family.

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  17. I feel that a few students my age may enjoy this book but that adults around the time this event happened would enjoy it more .

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    1. Abby- I actually think many students our age could relate to this book since we have many kids on sports teams and learning how to work together for success!

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  18. My book is titled “The Story of Basketball”. It is about the value of a good coach, secure team, and being a good teammate. It tells about players throughout history, and how they became remembered. It explains how basketball used to be played in 1981 and how it is played now. Along with that, it compares/contrasts the different techniques, styles, and people playing (or coaching) the game. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the history of basketball, as well as good players/teams.

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      1. Maggie – No, the book is written from an outside perspective, using coaches and players as insights.

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    1. This seems like an interesting book to read, especially if you wanted to compare the similarities and differences of basketball then and now.

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      1. Hannah – It doesn’t say what year basketball itself was invented, but it says the first pro league was in 1898, called the National Basketball League.

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    2. I think this book sounds very interesting. is it a book that helps teams and coaches learn to work as a team together?

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      1. Karis – The book talks about the successes of other teams (and how they became successful and stuck together) and coaches, and if you apply it to your situation, then yes.

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  19. I am reading A Night To Remember by Walter Lord. This book is about the step by step of what happened on the titanic and specifics on people aboard the ship.

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    1. Is it written by someone who was aboard the Titanic and was a survivor of the shipwreck?

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      1. I actually read an article that stated he interviewed close to 63 survivors from the titanic

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  20. I’m reading Malcolm X BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. This book portrays the story of Malcolm X and what his beliefs were on being black in America. This is a really good book for those who are interested in the civil rights movement.

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      1. Malcolm X, challenged the mainstream civil rights movement and the nonviolent pursuit championed by Martin Luther King Jr. He urged his followers to defend themselves against white aggression “by any means necessary.”

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  21. I have two books and their both about tennis. One is about Billie Jean King who is really good at tennis and beat a professional who was a male and that was a big deal beck then. I have another book titled: Fundamental Tennis and it’s just about the basics of tennis.

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    1. This is a great book to read if you want to get started in tennis or are already in tennis and want to learn more. I think this was a great book choice on you half!

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      1. Yes, I am currently doing tennis and am trying out for the tennis team in high school. The book Billie Jean King is a great book so far. I’m 2/3 done and she is way more amazing then I thought she would be. She struggled to play tennis as a kid because their family was very poor. But eventually got lessons and practiced so hard that she completed her life goal which was to be the best tennis player in the world.

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    2. was he always good or was he a really bad player but that is what convinced him to get better and become a pro?

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      1. Dylan- Actually, Billie is a she. She was named after her father who was in the US Navy during WWII. Back then, women didn’t have as many rights as the men did and were not permitted to play certain sports. Tennis was a sport that they were permitted to play, and one day her friend invited her to a lesson at a tennis country club. She had fun, but it didn’t click in for her because her family couldn’t pay for the club. Then she heard a man was doing lessons for free at a park and she practiced there. The man went to several parks to coach and she want to every park to be taught. The man was surprised and liked her commitment and he was the one who inspired her whole tennis career.
        Thanks for asking!

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  22. I am reading “The Keeper; The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard”. I believe kids around my age who are into sports will enjoy my book. The book is about an actual soccer player who plays for the United States National Team. They will be interested on how a boy who use to play in the streets of his apartment to playing in a World Cup game.

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