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Episode 68 — Nonfiction Roundup


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 22:32
Original Air Date Published November 18, 2013

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Episode 68 – Nonfiction Roundup


Episode 68 – Nonfiction Roundup

With each annual crop of new nonfiction, teens have the opportunity to discover and explore new disciplinary worlds. Tune in to hear about an array of recently-published nonfiction titles that will engage teens in learning about history, science, economics, and medicine. You’ll hear about junk food and advertising, the atomic bomb and civil rights, bird watching and volcanoes – books written in a variety of formats for a variety of teen readers.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Books featured in this episode:

  • Your Food is Fooling You: How Your Brain is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt by David A. Kessler, adapted for young readers by Richie Chevat (Roaring Brook, 2013)
  • Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know by Shari Graydon (Annick Press, 2013)
  • Economix: How our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures by Michael Goodwin (Abrams, 2012)
  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick, 2013)
  • Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (Hill & Wang, 2012)
  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks (First Second, 2013)
  • Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate (Candlewick, 2013)
  • Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch (Houghton Mifflin, 2013)
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder, adapted for young readers by Michael French (Delacorte, 2013)