Do you like reading about cool people and the incredible things they have done. Check out this list of books about some really amazing people.
1 Year, 100 Pounds by Whitney Holcombe
Holcombe chronicles how to transition from “the fat girl” to being a healthy, confident young woman.
Boy in the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
The biography of Leon Leyson, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child.
Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman
Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God’s very existence.
Code Name Pauline by Pearl Cornioley
The as yet unpublished memoirs for young adults of the only female SOE agent to lead a French Resistance network during World War II.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
An enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.
Zoo Station by Christiane F.
In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists who helped to turn her story, which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood, into an acclaimed bestseller.
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen — that Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his whole family up to Heaven. As a kid, he was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on Earth. But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord.
The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascombe
Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.
By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 10, 2014 Categories: Nonfiction