I also considered if, when I did venture into the seedy underworld of what-is-not-so-much-made-up, I would find anything other than Chicken Soup For the Teenage Soul and What Color is Your Rainbow . . . For the Teenage Soul, or some such. Oh, I figured there would also be enough How To Blue Eyeshadow by the editors of That Teen Magazine and Your Teen Body (which parents of teens should read, too) and Biography of That Awesome Athlete Who Hasn't Cheated on His, uh, Drug Tests, to fill a few shelves, too.
And there were loads of those books.
But there were others and some of them surprised me. In good ways. In roll my eyes kinds of ways, too. Teen cookbooks? Not so much. By that age budding chefs have probably graduated the no-stove, no-sharp-knives, ask-a-parent-for-help cookbooks aimed at tykes and can manage any cookbook written for adults.
But teen memoirs? Autobiographies of teens living through civil war? Those types of books impressed me with their richness. Other non-fiction titles had content that could have been written for any age group, but because the target audience is teens, the information is presented in a way that can only be called more fun.
Why do teens get all the fun?!?
Here are three non-fiction titles I have recently read that have stuck with me. I'd love to get more suggestions, too! Have you read a great YA non-fic lately? Leave me the title in the comments so I can check it out.
how to switch a hockey rink to a basketball court in about 24 hours; and lets me see the size of Shawn Johnson's hand, the inside of Grant Hill's fridge and the stockpile of candy bars in the New York Mets' clubhouse. A fascinating read for sports fans of all ages (even if they think they're gearing it toward teens) and would make a great gift for the sports fan on your holiday list.