Tag Archive: teen nonfiction


Cover image of the Freedom Writers DiaryReviewed by Shawna

I enjoyed this book with an infatuation; I have fallen in love with the true story of the Freedom Writers. The events that these California kids went through in the broken down and rough school are dramatic and unbelievable. The simple idea that there are kids going through harder school situations is heartbreaking, they don’t have the opportunity to learn what others are learning and they don’t have the chance to compete education wise with others. This book brings up a topic that is always hard to face, the amount of separation between the students because of their races. In the book the students separate themselves based on their race because that’s the only thing they have been accustomed to. Some of the students as young as 15, are placed in gangs and violent situations and end up being dead or injured. This book is heartwarming as the school changes and becomes closer with some of the teacher’s own personal techniques to better people, even though she struggles not only to bring her class together, but also with the personal issues at home. The fact that this book is 100 percent non-fiction makes it even more fascinating and interesting to any reader.

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Waiting for Normal

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Waiting for Normal book cover image

Reviewed by Natalie

I’ve just finished the book Waiting for Normal. This book is about a girl named Addie who is “waiting for normal”. Addie’s mom is divorced and careless. She leaves Addie for days to go see guys. Addie just wants normal. She wants to live with her step sisters, ex-step dad and his girlfriend. She wants to sit around a table surrounded by family instead of being surrounded by no one. She wants a family! To see if Addie gets normal read this book!

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The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank [teen nonfiction]

In this story, a young Jewish girl called Anne Frank experiences the difficulties of the war that is occurring, world war 2. She is in hideout with her family, another family and a gentleman. They are cramped up into one attic with four small rooms. She has to face the fear of being caught by the Nazi day after day. A lot of conflicts occur because the shortage of food and having to be so quiet. It was treacherous. They had to stay there for years until the war was over. Sometimes they wished the war was over so bad and would listen to the radio every day. Nazi parades took place multiple days taking 100’s of Jews day after day. Will they get caught? To find out, you’ll have to read the book.

Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer, by Bethany Hamilton [teen nonfiction]

Reviewed by Christine

Soul Surfer is an autobiography about a teenage girl named Bethany Hamilton. She goes surfing every morning with one of her friends and her brother. But one morning when they adventure off to check out a different beach know for perfect wave she gets attacked by a shark. She then worries that see would not be able to fulfill her dreams of becoming a professional surfboarder.  At first she did not feel anything until she saw blood everywhere. She was rushed to the hospital where her mother is waiting for her. She is on the verge of dyeing because of major blood lost. After her surgery she has to wait two months until she can go back into the water and during those two months she over thinks if she should continue surfing or not. But with the amount of courage she has, she returns to the same beach she got injured and fulfills her dreams of becoming a pro surfboarder.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone because it is very suspenseful and you will just want to another page after another before putting it down. Also you will get to see her journey right from the beginning to when she fulfills her dream with a great amount of detail.

Chicken Soup for the Girls’ Soul

Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul, ed. Jack Canfield [teen nonfiction]

Reviewed by Haley, age 14

I just finished reading Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul by Jack Canfield. This book has tons of stories that are written by pre-teen girls who have had experiences and tell about them. A story can be sad, funny, embarrassing, or just plain girl talk. I love this book because it has quotes and poems that really help you and make you feel good about yourself.

You girls are probably thinking oh this book has all the gushy deep down stuff, but really its not that bad. I absolutely loved it! I give this book four stars because it was filled with humor. A lot of the stories are really funny to read. I didn’t give this book five stars because it wasn’t amazing. I didn’t enjoy it as much as some other books I’ve read. I would recommend this book to girls who love to talk and listen to other girls’ secrets and stories.