Teen Non-Fiction

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    The impossible climb : Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and a climber's life

    Synnott, Mark, author.

    On June 3, 2017, as seen in the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, Alex Honnold achieved what most had written off as unattainable: a 3,000-foot vertical climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope or harness. At the time, only a few knew what he was attempting to do, but after topping out at 9:28 am, having spent just under four hours on this historic feat, author Mark Synnott broke the story for National Geographic and the world watched in awe.....

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    You are more than magic : the black and brown girls' guide to finding your voice

    Harts, Minda, author.

    When you’re a girl of color, figuring out how to find your voice and make sure everyone around you can hear it is essential. CEO and bestselling author Minda Harts knows—she’s been there. And she’s ready to walk you through it all with her own stories of success and the missteps that helped her grow—from running for high school student council when she was barely tall enough to reach the podium, to starting her own com­pany, The Memo LLC, that helps women of color advocate for themselves and their ca­reers. Now she’s here to hype you up and be real with you about: •Building your squad: what to look for in a friend, finding mentors, and setting boundaries for healthy relationships, •Saying what you mean without saying it mean: prepping yourself for self-advocacy, negotiations, and tough conversations, •Leaning into courage: affirming yourself, dealing with no’s, and speaking up even when you feel like the “only one”. With lots of practical advice and real-life anecdotes, as well as questions for reflection and further resources, this book is all about finding your own unique path to success—at school, at work, at home, and beyond. Success is far from magical, but you’ve al­ready got the tools you need to figure out your next best moves. And your stand-in big sis Minda is here to help you every step of the way! ....

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    Resisting peer pressure for teens : advice on drugs, school, sex, and fitting in

    Inspire teen and preteen readers to take responsibility for and make wiser decisions about their lives with the essays in this book—each written by a teenager. Within these pages, Jamel A. Salter, Fan Yi Mok, and Charlene George, and many others, describe how and why they chose to keep it real and fight back against the pressure they felt from friends to use drugs and alcohol; have sex too early; lie, cheat, and steal; and skip or act out in school.....

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    Unbeatable : how Crispus Attucks basketball broke racial barriers and jolted the world

    Hoose, Phillip M., 1947- author.

    One city. One team. One victory for racial justice that the history books forgot. 1955, Indianapolis―a northern American city, a hotbed of Jim Crow laws, and a national high school basketball epicenter. Crispus Attucks High School, an all-Black school founded thirty years earlier by the Ku Klux Klan–infected school board in the name of segregation, has not been lucky in the state tournament. The odds have been stacked against them, with no gym of their own, a weak schedule, and racially biased referees. But in 1955, they've finally assembled a powerhouse squad of ten Black boys, each one a migrant raised in poverty in the South, born to families who came North to escape Jim Crow in the South and were shocked by the city they found. Led by superstar Oscar Robertson, the 1955 Tigers may be unbeatable. As they advance through the state tournament, they seem poised to win. And a largely white city is forced to decide: Can they accept a team of Black champions? Indeed, the Tigers' road to victory is paved with injustice going back decades―and their hard-earned success will shatter the myth of their inferiority. From Newbery Honor and National Book Award–winning author Phillip Hoose comes this true story of the first all-Black team in U.S. history to win a racially open championship tournament―a new classic in the civil rights canon about resilience, teamwork, and the struggle to overcome impossible systemic odds, one game at a time.....

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    Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II, adapted for Young Adults

    Makos, Adam, author.

    Adapted for young adults from the New York Times bestseller, a riveting and true WWII story of a young man--an American tank gunner--who meets his destiny in an iconic armor duel and forges an enduring bond with his enemy. Shut the hatches. It's time to roll out. You'll find yourself behind enemy lines with Clarence Smoyer and the 3rd Armored Division, the workhorse unit known as "Spearhead," the best in the tank armor ranks. You'll feel as if you are right beside Clarence and his fellow crew members--all formerly strangers from across America who have now become family to each other. You will be jarred by enemy fire, and then explore the other side, stepping into the boots of German tanker soldier, Gustav Schaefer and his crew. You'll witness the heartbreaking tragedy, when an innocent young woman is caught in the crossfire. You'll see what happens when all of these lives collide, and realize how the aftershock still affects the survivors more than a half a century later. A riveting and true account of the perils of war as well as the prospect of forgiveness.....

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    Sex education : A guide to life, the no-nonsense sex education you always wanted

    Paramor, Jordan, author.

    The official, must-have modern fully fleshed out guide to relationships, sex, and much more from the original Netflix series, Sex Education. Questioning your body? Not sure about how you feel? Worried if that thing is normal? Unlikely educator Otis Milburn and his friends offer frank, feminist, and positive guidance in this life-changing book. Cover everything from knowing your anatomy, feeling confident about how you look, and understanding how you feel, along with the topics of consent, sexuality, and the minefield that is modern love--this guide answers all the questions you are too scared to ask, in a language you will understand. With insight from your favorite Sex Education characters, quotes to live your life by, therapy notes, diagrams, tips, takeaways, and a whole lot of fun, this fully illustrated book is both a companion to the popular Netflix original series and a practical guide to navigating the real world.....

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    Konosuba : God's blessing on this wonderful world! TRPG

    F.E.A.R., author.

    YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS WONDERFUL WORLD! The fantastical, wacky adventures from the famous Konosuba series come to life in this tabletop role-playing game. This book contains everything players and game masters need for questing like Kazuma and his merry gang of misfits. Fancy playing as a Crimson Magic Clan Wizard? You can. What about a Priest devoted to the Axis sect? Weird, but you can. There’s even a replay section where Natsume Akatsuki, the author of the Konosuba novels, plays a session! So what are you waiting for—an edict from Eris herself? The Adventurers Guild could always use a new party!....

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    Become an app inventor : the official guide from MIT App Inventor : your guide to designing, building, and sharing apps

    Lang, Karen, author.

    "Have you ever wanted to build your own mobile apps? App Inventor, a free and revolutionary online program from MIT, lets you do just that. With the help of this companion guide chock-full of colorful graphics and easy-to-follow instructions, readers can learn how to create six different apps, including a working piano, a maze game, and even their own chat app to communicate with friends--then use what they've learned to build apps of their own imagination. User-friendly code blocks that snap together allow even beginners to quickly create working apps. Readers will also learn about young inventors already using their own apps to make a difference in their communities, such as the girls from Moldova whose app helps alert residents when local well water is contaminated. Or the boys from Malden, Massachusetts, whose app lets users geotag potholes to alert city hall when repairs are needed. With this inspiring guide, curious young dreamers can become real inventors with real-world impact."--Publisher's website.....

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    What color is your parachute? : for teens

    Christen, Carol, author.

    Today’s adolescents face unprecedented challenges. As a teenager, how do you pick a great-for-you job or college major that will finance your future? You need a plan! The proven exercises in What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens help uncover what matters most to you, what you love to do, the kinds of people you work best with, and how to use the skills and interests you already have—on social media and elsewhere—to choose a major or career path that is uniquely suited to your passions, strengths, and goals. With the most up-to-date information on how the pandemic and other challenges have altered higher education and the job market, this new edition features time-tested techniques such as information interviewing (with sample outreach and thank-you notes), the latest job discovery tactics (both online and in-person), how to connect to and land great internships, and more. By implementing a plan now, you can make the most of high school and create a life you’ll enjoy post-graduation!....

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    Money matters for teens : advice on spending and saving, managing income, and paying for college

    In Money Matters for Teens, young writers discuss their financial fears and the strategies they've learned to help them spend their money wisely, save for the future, and pay for college. The gap between the richest and the poorest Americans has been growing for decades, and experts predict it will continue to widen. Young people bear the brunt of this inequality because it makes it harder to get a job and to pay for the college education you need to move up the ladder. Political changes could help close the gap, but in the meantime, teens can help prepare themselves for financial independence. In this book, teens write about learning to handle money wisely, to manage their own income, to pay for college, and how our larger economic system determines their financial standing. Through these essays, teen readers—as well as their parents, teachers, and caregivers—will pick up new tricks to managing their money but will also be provided a much-needed glimpse into how the world looks to our younger generations.....

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    Black history matters

    Walker, Robin, 1967- author.

    This book chronicles thousands of years of black history, from African kingdoms, to slavery, apartheid, the battle for civil rights, the global Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 and much more. Important and inspiring black personalities, from Olaudah Equiano to Oprah Winfrey, are highlighted throughout, while achievements and progress are balanced alongside a look at the issues that continue to plague black communities. #Blacklivesmatter is a powerful international movement, designed to raise awareness of and end ongoing injustice towards black people. This book is designed to connect with that movement and offer an important resource for all young readers during Black History Month and beyond.....

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    Murder among friends : how Leopold and Loeb tried to commit the perfect crime

    Fleming, Candace, author.

    How did two teenagers brutally murder an innocent child...and why? And how did their brilliant lawyer save them from the death penalty in 1920s Chicago? Written by a prolific master of narrative nonfiction, this is a compulsively readable true-crime story based on an event dubbed the "crime of the century." In 1924, eighteen-year-old college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb made a decision: they would commit the perfect crime by kidnapping and murdering a child they both knew. But they made one crucial error: as they were disposing of the body of young Bobby Franks, whom they had bludgeoned to death, Nathan's eyeglasses fell from his jacket pocket. Multi-award-winning author Candace Fleming depicts every twist and turn of this harrowing case--how two wealthy, brilliant young men planned and committed what became known as the crime of the century, how they were caught, why they confessed, and how the renowned criminal defense attorney Clarence Darrow enabled them to avoid the death penalty. Following on the success of such books as The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh and The Family Romanov, this acclaimed nonfiction writer brings to heart-stopping life one of the most notorious crimes in our country's history.....

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