YA Nonfiction Roundup by Michelle Biwer
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
Profiles of diverse, international female role models in comic strip format.
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield
A narrative account of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 told from the perspectives of the major groups involved in escalating the conflict, recommended for readers who liked The Family Romanov.
How to Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation edited by Maureen Johnson
Short essays, poems, and interviews about how young people can make a change in the world by a diverse list of celebrities, writers, and podcasters.
History, science, and fun facts converge when author Sam Kean shares the surprisingly dramatic account of the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements.
Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O’Connell Pearson
Pearson honors the forgotten 1,100 female pilots who fought to fly and assist the US war effort during World War II by sharing their story.
Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero and illustrated by Zeke Peña
A graphic autobiography of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, known for capturing indigenous Mexican and Mexican-American communities on film.
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
Memoir of a Iranian-American teenager and her progress towards getting a green card and surviving the typically awkward American high school experience.
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson
Teens who loved Swanson’s previous title Chasing Lincoln’s Killer will appreciate his newest narrative nonfiction work which chronicles the moments leading up to Martin Luther King’s assassination.
Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival by Polo Tate
Memoir of an Air Force Academy student who survived sexual assault and harassment at the hands of her superiors and reckons with the consequences.
Resources for finding new YA Nonfiction:
Review Journals and End of Year “Best of” Lists
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About Robin Willis
After working in middle school libraries for over 20 years, Robin Willis now works in a public library system in Maryland.
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