Make it Real: Real Stories About Real People

Men of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold 
by Michael Benanav 
966 BENSalt was once worth its weight in gold.  Michael Benanav travels 40 days north from Timbuktu with a camel caravan to demonstrate the amazing resolve and fascinating traditions of a near extinct tradition.

 

10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War 
by Philip Caputo 
YA 959.7043 CAP

A Vietnam veteran explains the causes and the consequences of the Vietnam War to young people.

 

Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska 
by Michael D’Orso 
796.3236 DOR

Residents of Fort Yukon, Alaska, a small bush village struggle through the arctic winter’s bitter cold and continuous darkness.  The high school basketball team is their only connection to mainstream America.

 

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation 
by Sid Jacobson 
973.931 JAC

Told in graphic novel format, this illuminating story is based on the final 9/11 Report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States on September 11, 2001.

 

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats 
by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio 
YA 641.3 MEN

Could you live on a little soup and a few grains of rice or wheat each day?  Compare your weekly groceries to families around the world.

 

Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference 
by Joanne Oppenheim 
YA 940.5317 OPP

Public Librarian, Miss Breed, kept in contact with and continued to serve Japanese-American children who were incarcerated in American Internment camps during World War II.

 

Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food 
by Eric Schlosser 
YA 394.12 SCH

Interviews, remarkable statistics, research and other behind-the-scene facts about the fast food industry.

 

When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism 
by Serge Schmemann 
YA 943.1087 SCH

A gripping account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and how individuals rose up to break down an oppressive barrier that had divided Germany for more than 40 years.

 

Cooking Up a Storm 
by Sam Stern 
YA 641.5 STE

Teen chef, Sam Stern shares his love for cooking and his favorite recipes while encouraging teens to take charge of their diet.

 

PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives 
by Frank Warren 
741.683 WAR

A compilation of anonymous secrets that were forwarded to the author in response to a community art project.