Non-Fiction History Books for Young Adults

Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (2007)
Janey Levy, Genocide in Darfur (2008) [ages 14-17]
Kimberly L. Sullivan, Muammar al Qaddafi’s Libya (2008)

Philip Caputo, 10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War (2005)
Kathlyn Gay, The Aftermath of the Chinese Nationalist Revolution (2008) — grades 9 and up
Ji-li Jiang, Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution (1997) [grades 5-9]
Moying Li, Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China during the Cultural Revolution (2008)
Carter Malkasian, The Korean War (2008)
Charles Pellegrino, The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back (2010) [high school and up]
Yaeko Sugama-Weldon, Cherry Blossoms in Twilight: Memories of a Japanese Girl (2005)
Dang Thuy Tram, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram (2007)
Michael V. Uschan, China Since World War II (2008) [grades 7-9]
Matthew S. Weltig, Pol Pot’s Cambodia (2008)
Ting-Xing Ye, My Name is Number 4: A True Story from the Cultural Revolution (2008) [Grade 8 and up]
Ange Zhan, Red Land, Yellow River (2004)

Pierre Berton, Canada Moves West (2004) [grades 5 and up]
Tim Cook, At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War [ages 15 and up]

Margaret Ahnert, The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide (2007)
Thomas Buergenthal, A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy (2009) [high school and up]
Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow (2005)– grades 9 and up
__________., Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 (2001) grades 9 and up
John Fleischman, Black and White Airmen: Their True Story (2007) — grades 7 and up
Rudolf Frank, No Hero for the Kaiser (1931; reprint 1983)
Elly B. Gross, Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust (2007) — grades 7 and up
Esther Hautzig, The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia (1995)
Laura Hillman, I will plant you a lilac tree: a memoir of a Schindler’s List survivor (2005)
Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb, I Wish I’d Been There: Book Two (2008)
Rutka Laskier, Rutka’s Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust (2008) [ages 12 and above]
Sharon Linnea, Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death (1994)
Anita Lobel, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War (1998; 2008 reissue) — ages 10 and up
Carla Hillough McClafferty, In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry (2008)
Senan Molony, Titanic: Victims and Villains (2009)
Susan G. Rubin, The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin (2006) — grades 3-6
Wolfgang S. E. Samuel, German Boy: A Child in War (2001)
Serge Schmemann, When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Communism (2006)
John Severance, Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist (1996)
Jane Shuter, The Camp System (Holocaust) (2008) — grades 9 and up
Peter Sis, The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (2007)
Peter Lane Taylor & Christos Nicola, The Secret of Priest’s Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story (2007) — grades 9 and up
Jacqueline Van Marsen, My Name is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank (2007)
Allen Zuvo & Mara Bovsun, True Stories of Children in the Holocaust (2005) [ages 9 and above]


Eduardo F. Calcines, Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle against Castro (2009)

James R. Arnold, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (2008) [grades 9 and up]
Fethiye Cetin, My Grandmother: A Memoir (2008) [grades 9 and up –about Armenian Genocide of 1915]
Mark Greenwood and Fran Lessac, The Donkey of Gallipoli: A True Story of Courage in World war I [ages 10-12]

Thomas B. Allen, George Washington, Spymaster: How Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War (2004) [grades 6-9]
Thomas B. Allen and Roger MacBride Allen, Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Raidlroads, Surveillance Balloons, Iron-Clads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War (2009) [ages 10 and up]
Thomas B. Allen, Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent (2008) [grades 5-8]
American the Beautiful (state series for grades 4-8, published by Children’s Press, 2007 — )
Marc Aronson, Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials (2005)
__________., The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How
it Changed the World (2007)
Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell eds., War is . . . Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War (2009)
Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Kids on Strike (2003) [grades 5 and up]
__________., A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Saminska (2002)
Margaret Whitman Blair, The Roaring 20: The First Cross-Country Air Race for Women (2006)
Benson Bobrick, Testament: A Soldier’s Story of the Civil War (2003)
Tonya Bolden, Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl (2005)
Tonya Bolden and Lumet Buckley, American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm (2003)
Penny Colman, Thanksgiving: The True Story (Henry Holt, 2008) — grades 4-8
Chris Crowe, Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case (2003)
James Bradley, Flags of our fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima (A Young People’s Edition, (2005)
Philip Caputo, 10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War (2005)
Ina Chang, A Separate Battle: Woman and the Civil War (1996) [grades 5-8]
Barry Clifford et al., Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship (2007)
Sheila Cole, To be Young in America: Growing Up with the Country, 1776-1940 (2005) [grades 5-8]
Michael L. Cooper, Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp (2002) [grades 5-8]
__________., Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in ithe 1930s (2004) [grades 5-7]
Nicholas Dawidoff, The Catcher was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg (1994)
John Demos, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (1995) [high school]
Barry Denenberg, Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered (2008) [ages 9 and up]
Norman H. Finkelstein, Three Across: The Great Transatlantic Air Race of 1927 [grades 4-6] (2008)
John Fleischman, Black and White Airmen: Their True Story (2007)
Candace Fleming, The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary (2008) [grades 6 and up]
John Hope Franklin & Loren Schweninger, Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation (1999) [grades 10 and up]
Russell Freedman, Washington at Valley Forge (2008) [ages 10-14]
__________., Children of the Great Depression (2005)
__________., Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence (2002) [grades 4-7]
__________., Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1990) [grades 6-12]
__________., Eleanor Roosevelt (1997) [grades 6-12]
Connie Goldsmith, Lost in Death Valley: the True Story of Four Families in California’s Gold Rush (2001)
Emmanuel Guibert, Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope (2008)[grades 10 and up]
Joyce Hansen, Freedom Roads: Searching for the Underground Railroad (2003)
Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk, eds., In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans [high school and up]
Deborah Hopkinson, Shutting out the sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880-1924 (2003)
Suzamme Jurmaine, The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students (2005) [grades 5-8]
Karen Lange, 1607: A New Look at Jamestown (2007)
Suzann Ledbetter, Shady Ladies: Nineteen Surprising and Rebellious American Women (2006)
Andrew B. Lewis, The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation (2009) [high school and up]
Cathy Luchetti, Men of the West: Life on the American Frontier (2006)
James M. McPherson, Fields of Fury: The American Civil War (2002) [ages 9-12]
Philip Margulies & Maxine Rosaler, The Devil on Trial: Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists,and Terrorists in America’s Courtroom (2008) [grades 10 and up]
Albert Marrin, The Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America (2007)
Mary Elizabeth Massey, Women in the Civil War (1994) [grades 9 and up]
Robert H. Mayer, When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement (2008)
[grades 7 and up]
Kadir Nelson, We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (2008) [ages 10 & up]
Joanne Oppenheim, Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference (2006)
Neil Philip, The Great Circle: A History of the First Nations (2006)
Brian Prince, I Came as a Stranger: The Underground Railroad (2004) [grades 7 and up]
Delia Ray, A Nation Torn: The Story of How the Civil War Began (1996) [grades 5-8]
Edward Renehan Jr., Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (2007)
James I. Robertson, Robert E. Lee: Virginian Soldier, American Citizen (2005)
Martin W. Sandler, Lincoln Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Shaped an
Extraordinary Life (2008) [grades 5 and up]
Mary Stanton, Journey Toward Justice: Juliette Hampton Morgan and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (2006)
Ken Stark, Marching to Appomattox: The Footrace that Ended the Civil War (2009) [ages 9-12]
James L. Swanson, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer (2009) [ages 12 and up]
Yuval Taylor, Growing up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told by Themselves (2005)
Leonard Todd, Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave (2008) [grades 9 and up]
Elizabeth Varon, Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy (2005) [grades 9 and up]
Paul Robert Walker, Remembering Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell
Their Stories (2006)[grades 4-8]
Sally Walker, Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley (2005) [grades 6-10]
__________., Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (2009) [grades 6-9]
Carole Boston Weatherford, I, Matthew Henson (2007) [ages 6-11]
Neil Waldman, Voyages: Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln (2009) [for middle schoolers]
Simon Wiesenthal, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
(1998, 2nd edition)
Daniel Wolff, How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Educations that Made Them (2009) [grades 9 and up]

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