Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To Fiction or Non-To Fiction

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand CoverTruth be told, I've spent a lot of time these past few weeks reading adult non-fiction and it's been intense and eye opening.  From JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson to UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand (which coincidentally also has a young adult adaptation) to my most recent read BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END by Atul Gawande. BEING MORTAL speaks to how we deal with the end of our long lives - talk about an issue that's at the totally opposite spectrum of what our youth are thinking about today. 

We've discussed many young adult fiction novels here at Thinking to Inking, but there are many great non-fiction titles that evoke stories of strength against adversity, unbelievable circumstances and take you to a place you've never been before. 

John Green Biography by Eric Braun CoverThe winner and finalists of the 2015 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) do all of the above.  LAUGHING AT MY NIGHTMARE by Shane Burcaw details with humour how he deals with the trials and tribulations of living with spinal muscular atrophy.  INDA M. TARBELL: THE WOMAN WHO CHALLENGED BIG BUSINESS - AND WON! by Emily Arnold McCully is especially poignant given how far we've come from the 1800's and yet in some cases, how easy it is to slip back (Bratz toys anyone?). This story is sure to inspire any young girls and her pursuits.  

A biography was just recently published by Eric Braun about everyone's favourite YA author John Green.  That's at the top of my reading list. 

So what non-fiction YA books are you reading right now?  I'd love to know!

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