What are the best non-fiction books for teens?

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    #1Little Daughter

    Little Daughter
    Little Daughter: A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West is a memoir by Zoya Phan. It tells of her experiences as a member of the Karen minority group as they fled from their home when the Burmese army attacked.
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    Yu Qiao
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Little Daughter had me on the edge of my seat. It was a very gripping tale, full of surprises."
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    #2Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

    Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

    The author of this book tells the story of her painful and sad childhood: her mother died while giving birth to her, which labeled her as bad-luck bringer. Her father soon remarried, and her stepmother treated her and her siblings really badly. Adeline Yen Mah described how hard was for her to grow up without the love and affection of her parents, despite winning many prizes at her school. 

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    Melissa Cook
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I hknow how it feels to be rejected by a Chinese family after bringing "shame" to the family. The author captures this rejection and how to live through it and deal with it with ease and humor."
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    #3A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a memoir written by Ishmael Beah. Published in 2007, A Long Way Gone narrates the author's experiences about his life journey, from the time he fled from attacking rebels in Sierra Leone.

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    Ethan Alexander
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "this is a good book for me and people of my color and I love it"
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    #41,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

    1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

    1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said is a non-fiction inspirational book written by Robert Byrne. It contains quotable quotes ever said from some of the famous people.

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    Aditya Gavde
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was surprised by some of the quotes in the book. It seemed like they were some of the last things I'd expect some of these famous people to say. Very interesting book to look at when you have some time to kill. "
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    #5Drill to Win

    Drill to Win
    Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu is a non-fiction sportsbook written by  Andre Galvao and Kevin Howell.It is first published in 2010 by Victory Belt Publishing. 
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    Gerald Hunter
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I was really hoping this book would have more inspirational material but it really was a straight forward book that teaches different Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu techniques. There is also a good focus on the life of Andre Galvao and how he got to this point of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. I really wished they would've focused more on his life and journey than the technique of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. Overall it was OK. I liked half of it."
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    #6A Great and Noble Scheme

    A Great and Noble Scheme

    A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland is a historical non-fiction written by John Mack Faragher. 

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    Jacqueline Gonzalez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A Great and Noble Scheme is one of the greatest non fiction books suitable for teens to read. The story outlines an epic time in history and doesn't skimp on too many details. My teen got very involved in the story and has since pursued other books written in the same genre as a result."
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    #7ABNKKBSNPLAKo?!

    ABNKKBSNPLAKo?!

    ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! is a non-fiction humorous book written by Bob Ong. This novel is about school experiences and first published in 2001 by Visprint Inc. 

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    Joshua Boyd
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! is a good non-fiction books for teens, but not the best. The story is all over the place. It's really hard to follow at times."
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    #8Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler is a non-fiction biography book written by Pulitzer prize awardee John Toland. This World War II historical book is first published in 1976. 

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    Jason West
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Good book that covers some details about Adolf during the wars. Interesting read that gets you kind of into the mind of a maniac."
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    #9Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

    Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

    Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder is a non-fiction book written by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Douglas Kent Hall. This autobiography book was first published in 1977.

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    Benito Quiroz
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder is a heck of a read but it's not really appropriate for teens. Arnold's lead a very interesting life but much of it isn't suitable for underage consumption."
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    #10Beautiful Child

    Beautiful Child

    Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden is a non-fiction autobiography relationship of a seven-year-old child and special education teacher. This book poignantly narrates how a dedicated teacher produces passionate students.

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    Randy Pearson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "While this book has plenty of great reviews it is hard to tell if it would be appropriate for teens. I don't doubt that they could relate to some of it but the subject matter looks like it's quite involved. I would say this is a good solution but there might be more age appropriate material out there."
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    #11Blue Rage, Black Redemption

    Blue Rage, Black Redemption
    Blue Rage, Black Redemption is a true crime memoir written by Stanley Tookie Williams. This African-American non-fiction book is first published in 2004. 
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    William Diaz
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is very rewarding to go through as it allows the reader to get in the mindset of a former hardcore gang member and why certain actions were taken and how he was influenced. The story paints a picture of what gang life in Los Angeles at peak in the 80s were like. Stanley's story is personal and shares his what he had to go through because he was involved in this lifestyle. The story is great for teens to learn from as well as being very interesting reading from a personal point of view."
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    #12Burn Down the Ground

    Burn Down the Ground

    Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir is a non-fiction book written by Kambri Crews published in 2012 by Random House. It is about her life with her deaf parents in Texas and how she deals with the reality of life. 

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    Scott Collins
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Depressing at times, uplifting at times. It's a real roller coaster of emotions about the life of a woman who grew up in a deaf family with a wonderful mother and a violent father. I would definitely recommend giving it a read."
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    #13Capone

    Capone
    Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone is a non-fiction true crime book written by John Kobler. It is first published in 1971. This biography is about Al Capone's gangster's life. 
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    Melissa Patel
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book was a bit dry and hard to read at times, and it seems like the author could have done a better job of conveying what I expected to be an exciting story of a notorious gangster. I bought this for my dear friend's teenage son and they are from Brooklyn, so he found it really cool! However, I did a "pre-read" just to make sure it was appropriate and wouldn't traumatize him. I'm hoping he'll find it way more exciting than I did since he has quite a bit of curiosity when it comes to old time American gangster and mob tales. "
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    #14Clean House Clean Planet

    Clean House Clean Planet

    Clean House Clean Planet is a non-fiction book written by Karen Logan, and it was originally published in 1997. This book will help readers to maintain a clean house. It also provides tips about budget-friendly cleaning products.

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    Larry Smith
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A very helpful and insightful book. Has plenty of solutions to fit the needs of most individuals. Very priceless if you're looking to cut back on the use of toxic chemical agents that you tend to use. Very useful for my household with little ones running around."
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    #15Down Around Midnight

    Down Around Midnight
    Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival is a non-fiction adventure survival tragedy memoir written by Robert Sabbag on this air crash experience in 1979. Published in 2009 by Viking Adult.
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    Amber Soto
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Down Around Midnight does not come close to being one of the best books for teens. It is is a very personal memoir and while I can't say some won't see value in it, to think it could possibly rank among the best is laughable."
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    #16The Cosmic Connection

    The Cosmic Connection

    The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective is a non-fiction book by Dr. Carl Sagan, published in 1973. It helped to popularize science as it explored concepts in astronomy in an easily understandable manner. 

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    Helen Richards
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Carl Sagan's "The Cosmic Connection" is an enjoyable and easy-to-read survey of science and astronomy, circa 1973. Sagan's passion for his subjects comes through loud and clear in the essays that comprise this book. Reading this book is a little like watching "Cosmos" -- you're struck by the breadth of Sagan's knowledge and charmed by his imagination and wide-eyed enthusiasm for his topics. Sagan has a flair for making science accessible to the masses. He explores topics such as planetary exploration, the origins of life, and, of course, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Readers who liked "A Brief History of Time" will probably enjoy "The Cosmic Connection." The epilogue, which provides a year 2000 update for many of the chapters, is a valuable addition to this classic book. "
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    #17The Burman: His Life and Notions

    The Burman: His Life and Notions

    The Burman: His Life and Notions is a nonfiction textbook written by Shyway Yoe. It was published on June 17, 1963 by W. W. Norton Company. This book offers observations and insights on the Burmese society.

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    Julie Palmer
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This was a thoughtful book that includes valuable observations and characteristics about life in Burma. I think it's very readable and educational for students, especially those who haven't traveled outside their home country. I was interested in learning about the Burmese society, and this was a decent start! "
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    #18American Band

    American Band

    American Band: Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland is a non-fiction novel written by Kristen Laine which follows the Concord High Marching Minutemen as they lead their band to the state championship competition. 

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    Wayne Austin
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Kristen Laine certainly produced a piece of well written literature covering the teenage lives for a nationally ranked High School marching band. Unfortunately, I felt quite disinterested as I had problems relating to the topic. Certainly some topics and components were relate-able, but most of it did not apply if you were never a part of a nationally competing activity or a fan of marching bands."
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    #19The Psychology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Psychology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)
    The Psychology Book by Nigel C. Benson is a psychological and nonfiction novel originally published in 2011. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series published by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff.
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    Jose Gonzalez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a really good non fiction book for teens. If they are curious about this subject, this is a great place to start. Highly recommended."
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    #20The Star Trek Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Star Trek Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Star Trek Book by Paul Ruditis is a nonfiction novel that includes overall criticism of the Star Trek franchise. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series and it was first published in 2016.

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    Jane Hou
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This tells the story of Star Trek. Very cool illustrations. Fun to break it out when watching one of the series or movies to look something up!"
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    #21The Business Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Business Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)
    The Business Book by Sam Atkinson is a nonfiction biographical novel originally published in February 2014. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing.
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    Graciela Murillo
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "now a days should be very popular because every one wants to know the business secret now days very tough competition.and every one is in doubt when he wold be fired on hos job and they should know the business secrets."
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    #22The Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Sherlock Holmes Book by Leslie S. Klinger is a nonfiction novel originally published in 2015. This book discusses the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes. It belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series by the DK Publishing.

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    Kathryn Lynch
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan, so I was excited to share him with my teen. I don't think this book was very helpful for that, though. My son thought it was kind of dry and boring, and too little of it was about facts as opposed to events in the book. It might be more fun for people who already like the character."
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    #23A Champion's Mind

    A Champion's Mind
    A Champion's Mind is an autobiography written by tennis player Pete Sampras wherein he shares his experience in the tennis world and how he became an elite athlete in the world. 
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    Arnav Bose
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #24A User's Guide to the Millennium

    A User's Guide to the Millennium
    A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews is a nonfiction book written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. A User's Guide to the Millennium was published on April 15, 1997 by Picador.
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    Amanda Thomas
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is such a great read for not only teens but everyone. It will make you think, reconsider, and evaluate ideas that you had never dreamed of before!"
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    #25La frontera/Borderlands

    La frontera/Borderlands

    La Frontera/Borderlands is a non-fiction book written by Gloria Anzaldúa. The book is about boundaries, but not the physical one. It tackles how people are separated by emotional boundaries, such as race, gender, and other aspects. 

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    #26Riders of the Pony Express

    Riders of the Pony Express

    Riders of the Pony Express is a nonfiction history book written by Ralph Moody. This book is set before the Civil War. It was originally published in 2000.

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    Martha Murray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This history of the old west gave me a peek into the beginnings of the modern mailing system. It also gave me nostalgia for America's wide-open unspoiled past."
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    #27A Sea in Flames

    A Sea in Flames

    A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout by Carl Safina is a nonfiction novel originally published in 2011. This book entails the disastrous story of an offshore oil drilling site that went to fire in 2010.

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    Larry Edwards
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "he Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout by Carl Safina is a nonfiction novel originally published in 2011.this is the best for me"
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    #28Growing Up in Coal Country

    Growing Up in Coal Country
    Growing Up in Coal Country is a nonfiction book written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti wherein she compiles the stories of immigrant families in America to find a better future in the country. 
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    Harold Fox
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "One term that came to mind after taking a closer look at this novel was actually "The Pursuit of happiness." I think this story could have an overall strong message to anyone, and not just immigrants, to reach for the stars, and go for their dreams."
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    #29Stonewall

    Stonewall

    Stonewall is a non-fiction book written by Martin Bauml Duberman that tells the story of a gay bar named Stonewall. It has been raided before and it caused a riot between the cops and the LGBT people.

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    Sean Bradley
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "In their world of sometimes-dull textbooks and term papers on often pre-assigned topics, it’s natural for teens to flock to fiction in their spare time. "

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Best What are the best non-fiction books for teens
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Little DaughterBooks 42 Paid
2Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted DaughterBooks 29 Paid
3A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy SoldierBooks 21 Paid
41,911 Best Things Anybody Ever SaidBooks 19 Paid
5Drill to WinBooks 17 Paid
6A Great and Noble SchemeBooks 16 Paid
7ABNKKBSNPLAKo?!Books 13 Paid
8Adolf HitlerBooks 12 Paid
9Arnold: The Education of a BodybuilderBooks 10 Paid
10Beautiful ChildBooks 9 Paid
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