Here’s your chance to inspire others to read nonfiction!

  1. Silverdolphin827 says:

    Have you ever felt insecure about yourself? Or gotten a horrible grade on a test? Or been faced with a difficult choice? When these things happen do you ever wonder what you’re going to do? What would she do? : 25 true stories of trailblazing rebel women is a book about 25 of the most unconventional women of all time. The women who weren’t afraid to be different, or do poorly, or make choices. The women who fought against society’s norms and paved the way for girls who came after them. The women who were frowned upon during their time but achieved something so much better than popularity. Read about Joan of Arc who saved England and Frida Kahlo who faced so many challenges but used them as inspiration for art. Read about Emma Watson and all the work she’s done for girls everywhere and Marie Curie who discovered radiation. This book tells their amazing stories. In addition to telling their stories this book also offers advice about what they would do when faced with everyday problems such as insecurity. I recommend this book to anyone who has read Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls or Because I was a Girl. Or anyone who has ever felt insecure or not good enough. Kay Woodward’s What would she do? : 25 true stories of trailblazing rebel women is sure to inspire anyone who reads it.

  2. H0CK3YP1@Y3R says:

    Title of the book: October Sky

    Author:Homer Hickam

    Have you ever wanted to launch a miniature rocket? Well in the book October Sky it talks about a young man named Homer Hickam and his journey to becoming an astronaut trainer, and a rocket scientist. Homer starts with blowing up his mom’s fence with and old cherry bomb, to launching a rocket 5 miles high! Homer Hickam has written a story that will be sure to make you want to try to build a rocket for yourself. This non-fiction book is recommended for people who want to be stuck in a book, and learn about a teenage boy’s life, and the troubles of the time period.

  3. Anon says:

    October Sky, by Homer Hickam, is the story of a young curious teenager living in a coal mining town doing the same thing everyday, but his curiosity leads him to one day blow his mother’s rose garden fence to smithereens with a makeshift rocket. This sparks something in him that no one ever expected. He and his small group of friends slowly but surely create something bigger and more important than they can comprehend at first. They do everything they can to make their dream of flying rockets come true despite the many obstacles they face. This book is both very informal in family relationships as it is in the process of building rockets. If you’re looking for a book that has you learning something new and emotional on every page then this will be a great read for you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Imagine having a dream, but having everyone around you believe that you can’t do it. That’s what happens in Homer Hickam’s book, October Sky. This non-fiction book about Homer “Sonny” Hickam shows that you can do anything you put your mind to. In the town of Coalwood, West Virginia, Sonny has a dream of building rockets, although very few people in the coal mining town believe that he can actually do it. Along with his friends, Quentin, O’Dell, Roy Lee, and Sherman, they work together to prove that they can do anything they put their minds to. Will they prove they can do it and change the minds of the people of the slowly dying town? I would recommend this book if you enjoy a great read with many twists and turns.

  5. Asia says:

    There’s A Boy Inside Here: Judy Barron and Sean Barron. Imagine not being able to communicate your thoughts or feelings. Sean from the book There’s A Boy Inside Here written by Judy Barron and Sean Barron always experiences this problem. This is a view from inside the mind of a child with severe autism, written in the point of view of Judy Barron and her son, Sean Barron. In the book they record events from Sean’s life and the effects of autism on him and his family. Sean was isolated and desperately unhappy as well as confused about how to communicate with others. He said he felt “like an alien from outer space.” Then, later in the book Sean experienced a breakthrough that began to set him free of the effects of autism. Today he’s a successful public speaker, college student, reporter, and close to his family. The moral of this story is autism is not the tragedy, ignorance is. I think anyone could enjoy this book!

  6. Silverdolphin827 says:

    Have your parents ever told you to get off the couch and get outside? And then once you got outside you had no idea what you are supposed to do? Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv is full of great ideas on what to do once outside. Vitamin N is full of great ideas on what to do in Nature from going “glamping” to tracking a tree. It is also full of ideas on how to design a room to let Nature in and how to bring Nature into your life. There are also many quotes from people who do make Nature a big part of their lives. Everything you could ever want to know about reconnecting with Nature is in that book along with fun, educational experiences for your whole family. If you read Vitamin N the next time your parents send you outside you will know exactly what to do and may even be able to get your parents outside with you.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Thank you for bringing our attention to this nonfiction book! I will order it for next school year.

  7. luke_the_reader81 says:

    I’ve quite recently finished the true story, No Summit out of Sight: the True story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits. It’s a true story that follows Jordan Romero, a curious Californian who is famous for holding the world record of youngest person to climb the eight highest mountains in the world: Mt. Everest (Asia, Nepal,) Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa, Tanzania,) Mt. Vinson (Antarctica,) Mt. Denali (North America, United States) Mt. Elbrus (Europe, Russia,) Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia,) Mt. Aconcagua (South America, Argentina) and the Carstensz Pyramid (Indonesia.) Read about his adventures including avalanches, rock climbing, and training. Don’t miss out on this amazing story!

  8. cole says:

    I’ve recently read a book called Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future by Ashlee Vance. I really enjoyed the book and found it very interesting. The book is all about Elon Musk’s life and how he started his (rose to) fame and started Tesla and Space X. It tells you the problems Elon had when trying to develop his companies. Musk poured millions into the companies including much of his own money and faced bankruptcy many times throughout developing these businesses. This book helped me see the true facts about Musk and Tesla.

  9. ReadingRocks says:

    I just recently read a book called Pendragon: The Merchant of Death. It’s a great book that is about a teenager named Bobby Pendragon. Bobby is about to go to a Championship basketball game but his Uncle Press convinces him to go with him to an abandoned subway. Once he gets there a man named Saint Dane attacks him and his uncle. So his uncle stays behind and tells Bobby to run on the subway tracks to a door with a star on it. Inside is a portal like thing that is called a flume. Once he goes through it he finds out that that flume takes him through time and space. He finds out every place/time is called a territory. Saint Dane is trying to turn every territory a chaotic place. That is a great book I just read and think that others should read.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Hi ReadingRocks,
      Thanks for your great review of The Merchant of Death. I’ve copied it onto the science fiction page as that’s its correct genre:-)
      I’ll leave this one on the nonfiction page for a week or so to make sure you see my note! Keep on reading and reviewing, and thanks!

  10. Anonymous says:

    If you’ve ever wanted to know about the world around, and under you, give The Rock and Gem Book, from the Smithsonian a read. It can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the more known stones, like diamond and emerald, and even about the forgotten ones, like jarlite, sinhalite, tugtupite, and even extremely strange ones like chrysoprase and the roebling opal. For instance, did you know that tourmaline has the largest color range for any gem in the world, with one variation of it being called watermelon tourmaline! The Smithsonian has provided for us an amazing read that can provide you with everything you wanted to know, and even things you didn’t know you wanted to know, about our earth.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Thanks so much for writing this terrific book review. I’m hoping you’ll be willing to book talk other nonfiction titles!

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