Staff Favorites: Favorite Teen Nonfiction of 2018

A few fun facts about Teen Nonfiction: 1) It includes graphic novels and manga, as well as biographies, memoirs, and books on history, pop culture, health, and a wide variety of information. 2) It is located next to the Teen Fiction downstairs in the South Wing of the Library. 3) It is one of the smaller and newer collections, but growing in size and popularity. And finally, 4) this is the first time we’ve highlighted it as a part of our “Favorites” series. Enjoy these awesome 2018 reads!

Previously in this series: Picture Books, Beginner/Intermediate BooksJunior FictionJunior Nonfiction, and Teen Fiction of 2018.

 Teen Nonfiction

guest_27f48d43-73ed-4999-8f9d-17a21c0e8a8f1. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

2. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery—Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents—two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

81f678xqcul3. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

9780670785063_p0_v1_s550x406.jpg4. Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge

An exploration of the Vietnam War from many different perspectives, including American soldiers, a nurse, and a Vietnamese refugee.

5. Rise of the Black Panther by Evan Narcisse

Wakanda has always kept itself isolated from Western society, but that’s about to change. Young T’Challa knows he’s destined to become king, but when his father is murdered by outsiders, he finds himself taking up a mantle he may not be ready for.


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