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Non-Fiction You Should Know About

From America's favorite doll to the King of Pop, these factual books entertain as well as inform!

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us



The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
By Stone, Tanya Lee
2010-10 - Viking Children's Books
9780670011872 Check Our Catalog

Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring original full-color photos, this book explores the Barbie phenomenon in a brand-new light. …More

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group



They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
By Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
2010-08 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780618440337 Check Our Catalog

"Boys, let us get up a club. "With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend's mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee. The six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and, all too quickly, their club grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South. This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America's democracy. Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries, it is a book to read and remember. …More

Trick of the Eye: Art and Illusion



Trick of the Eye: Art and Illusion
By Vry, Silke
2010-05 - Prestel Publishing
379137026x Check Our Catalog

This fun and informative book takes young readers on a thematic tour of art as illusion. From the Parthenon through examples from nearly every major movement and culture, vibrant works of art are revealed to contain visual tricks, puns, hidden clues, and just plain deceit. …More

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery



The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
By Sheinkin, Steve
2010-11 - Flash Point
9781596434868 Check Our Catalog

Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale. …More

Food Choices: The Ultimate Teen Guide



Food Choices: The Ultimate Teen Guide
By Brancato, Robin F.
2010-04 - Scarecrow Press
9780810861091 Check Our Catalog

This book discusses numerous topics related to food and eating, including the biological and chemical reasons we prefer certain foods and the eating habits that are unique to teens today. Throughout, teens are presented with the best tips on how to develop healthy eating habits for a lifetime of enjoying food. …More

Girl in the Know: Your Inside-And-Out Guide to Growing Up



Girl in the Know: Your Inside-And-Out Guide to Growing Up
By Katz, Anne
Illustrator Melnychuk, Monika
2010-03 - Kids Can Press
1554533031 Check Our Catalog

A how-to manual for girls approaching puberty, with tips to deal with all the changes in their bodies and minds. …More

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook



Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
By Mazer, Anne
Author Potter, Ellen
Illustrator Phelan, Matt
2010-03 - Flash Point
1596435143 Check Our Catalog

LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.  Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers. After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice, accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot,
make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work. …More

The Teen's Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness



The Teen's Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness
By Shipp, Josh
2010-08 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312641542 Check Our Catalog

Teen advice guru and motivational speaker Shipp delivers a hilarious, inspirational guide for the millennial generation that covers everything from broken self-esteem to family crisis to what to do after high school. …More

Smile for the Camera



Smile for the Camera
By James, Kelle
2010-11 - Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
9781442406230 Check Our Catalog

Kelle James, a successful model, shares her true story of escaping abuse in a small-town only to encounter more in the big city--and the way she overcame them both. …More

Spin: The Story of Michael Jackson



Spin: The Story of Michael Jackson
By O'Keefe, Sherry
2010-06 - Morgan Reynolds Publishing
159935134x Check Our Catalog

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