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Non-fiction? Mrs. Severson’s Favorites!

I grew up with dad who watched lots of Nova and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom (and golf — but that is irrelevant for this list!)

My dad knew that knowing stuff was important, and the world that we live in is interesting. As much as I am a fan of fictions, I also love a great non-fiction book. I’m always on the look-out for non-fiction that is interesting to the middle school reader.

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous  

I think there are a couple books in this series right now.  The books are funny, but the facts and the stories are there.

   Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy  

Nathan Hale…. writing about Nathan Hale.  What could be better?  There are now four books in the Hazardous Tales series.  For a student who loves history, these are great books.  Yes, they are graphic novels, but they are dense books — stuffed with facts and side-bars.  I adore these books.  Warning:  The Donner Dinner party is a bit gruesome — but it is based in historical events!

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and MaryAmelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia EarhartThe Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

I love all of Candace Fleming’s non-fictions stories.  There are lots of pictures, and side-bars and a sense of humor that keeps reader’s interested.


Other great books…. 

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Inventions

I love the Tony Robinson’s books.  They are really accessible and funny — but full of facts.  I’ve had to order a couple that I wanted through UK books stores (through Amazon).  





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