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The Nonfiction Revolution

In today's "skim culture," replete with soundbytes and sidebars, it's often challenging for student readers to develop the critical thinking and complex reading skills needed for success. Fortunately, intriguing new Nonfiction titles are making the genre more accessible than ever, providing an avenue to prepare students for future success. This collection represents some of JLG Editorial Director Susan Marston's most esteemed Nonfiction selections. Get them for just $9 each using coupon code $9NONFICTION.

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      A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert

      by Karen Piper

      Dec 2018

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      The China Lake missile range in the Mojave Desert, created during World War II, has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles are regular working people, and four of them were Karen Piper’s parents, her sister, and—when she needed summer jobs—herself. Author’s note. Source notes. Black-and-white photo insert.

      Extreme Longevity: Discovering Earth’s Oldest Organisms

      by Karen Latchana Kenney

      Dec 2018

      Nonfiction High Plus

      Trees older than the Giza pyramids? 500-year-old sharks? Near-immortal jellyfish? Scientists have only begun to uncover the secrets of these extraordinary organisms. Time line. Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further information. Index. Full-color photographs and diagrams.

      Wild Orca: The Oldest, Wisest Whale in the World

      by Brenda Peterson

      Dec 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      More about Granny and orcas. Full-color gouache watercolor illustrations.

      The Schoolhouse Gate

      by Justin Driver

      Nov 2018

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      Source notes. Index. What rights do students have? A constitutional scholar assesses the history of Supreme Court decisions affecting public education—including racial segregation, un¬authorized immigration, economic inequality, and teacher-led prayer.

      Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge

      by Susan Hand Shetterly

      Oct 2018

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      An immersive, often poetic look at seaweed—and the people who farm and harvest it—on the rugged shores of the Gulf of Maine, where the critical species is becoming a major industry.

      Death Eaters: Meet Nature’s Scavengers

      by Kelly Milner Halls

      Oct 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      What happens to the bodies of animals and humans after death? Nature's army of death eaters steps in to take care of clean up. Without these masters of decomposition, our planet would be covered in rotting bodies. This high-interest science text dives into the science behind how bodies decompose.
      Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Index. Full-color diagram and photographs.

      The Day You Begin

      by Jacqueline Woodson

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes—and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

      Eavesdropping on Elephants: How Listening Helps Conversation

      by Patricia Newman

      Oct 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Can understanding how forest elephants communicate help scientists find ways to protect this vulnerable species? Researcher Katy Pane and others involved with Cornell University's Elephant Listening Project believe it can. Patricia Newman takes readers behind the scenes to see how scientists are making new discoveries about elephant communication and using what they learn to help these majestic animals.
      QR codes. Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color map, diagrams, and photographs.

      Navajo Code Talkers

      by Stuart A. Kallen

      Oct 2018

      Series Nonfiction
      History Grades 3-5

      In the South Pacific in 1944 and 1945, military battles raged between the United States and Japan. Surrounded by rattling bullets and exploding bombs, a group of Navajo Marines sent secret messages back and forth. They used a code they had created from the Navajo language, a code the enemy was never able to crack. These young men had been recruited from their homes in the American Southwest. They brought with them incredible physical stamina and a language that had never been written down. Learn more about the Navajo code talkers—brave, creative heroes who used their unbreakable code to help the Allies win the war.

      Reporter: A Memoir

      by Seymour M. Hersh

      Sep 2018

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      Seymour Hersh’s fearless reporting has earned him fame, front-page bylines in virtually every major newspaper in the free world, honors galore, and no small amount of controversy. Now in this memoir he describes what drove him and how he worked as an independent outsider, even at the nation’s most prestigious publications. He tells the stories behind the stories—riveting in their own right—as he chases leads, cultivates sources, and grapples with the weight of what he uncovers, daring to challenge official narratives handed down from the powers that be. In telling these stories, Hersh divulges previously unreported information about some of his biggest scoops, including the My Lai massacre and the horrors at Abu Ghraib. There are also illuminating recollections of some of the giants of American politics and journalism: Ben Bradlee, A. M. Rosenthal, David Remnick, and Henry Kissinger among them. This is essential reading on the power of the printed word at a time when good journalism is under fire as never before.

      Index. Black-and-white photo inserts.

      Spring After Spring: Rachel Carson’s Courageous Quest to Save the Environment

      by Stephanie Roth Sisson

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      As a child, Rachel Carson lived by the rhythms of the natural world. Spring after spring, year after year, she observed how all living things are connected. And as an adult, Rachel watched and listened as the natural world she loved so much began to fall silent. Spring After Spring traces Rachel’s journey as scientist and writer, courageously speaking truth to an often hostile world, and ultimately paving the way for the modern environmental movement.
      Author’s note. Notes. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations.

      When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry

      by Kristen Fulton

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      BAM! POP! BOOM! Robert Goddard experimented time and time again with one mission: make his rockets fly. His extensive research "launched the way for every shuttle that has blasted into space." Author‚s note. Works cited. Full-color illustrations rendered in gouache and acrylic and colored digitally.
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