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Best Nonfiction Books of 2017

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      Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

      by Nicola Davies

      Mar 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      $15.99  $12.75  Member Price
      The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one—including us—is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      Impact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World

      by Elizabeth Rusch

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Middle

      Follow scientists as they search for dangerous asteroids in space, study asteroids that have smashed into the ground, and make plans to prevent an asteroid strike if one ever threatens our planet.

      Life on Surtsey, Iceland’s Upstart Island

      by Loree Griffin Burns

      Feb 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      On November 14, 1963, a volcano fifteen miles off the shore of Iceland exploded under the sea, resulting in a brand-new island. Scientists immediately recognized Surtsey for what it was: an opportunity to observe the way life takes hold.

      Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

      by Jan Greenberg

      Jan 2018

      Biography Middle Plus

      Looking at the life of legendary photographer Cindy Sherman, the authors have created an unconventional biography, that much like Sherman's famous photographs, has something a little more meaningful under the surface.

      Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

      by Jack Gantos

      Dec 2017

      Nonfiction Middle

      Jack Gantos shares his advice on how to be the best, brilliant writer in this funny and practical writing guide for children ages 10 and up. Writing exercises. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World’s Largest Rainforest

      by Sy Montgomery

      Sep 2017

      Nonfiction Middle

      The Amazon provides a full fifth of the world's oxygen, and every year unsustainable human practices destroy 2.7 million acres. What can be done to help? That's where Project Piaba comes in. Map. Selected bibliography. Web resources. Index. Full-color photographs.
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