Adult Crossover Nonfiction for High Schools

I promised a list of adult nonfiction to suggest to high school readers (or their teachers) to go with the post on crossover fiction.  All of these titles can be read for interest, and many can also be used as part of a science or social studies curriculum.

As always, if you know of others, please share them in the comments.


Anatomy of Innocence : Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted edited by Laura Caldwell & Leslie S. Klinger. 9781631490880. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

The Best We Could Do : An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui. 9781419718779. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson. 9781476714844. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. 9780399588174. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Citizen Science : How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery by Caren Cooper. 9781468308679. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.


Furry Logic : The Physics of Animal Life by Matin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher. 9781472914095. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Get Well Soon : History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright. 9781627797467. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Grunt : The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach. 9780393245448. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea : One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, & Survival by Melissa Fleming. 9781250105998. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Speaking American : How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk by Josh Katz. 9780544703391. 2016. Gr 7-Adult.


And here are of several others that I am excited to read:

Another Day in the Death of America : A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge. 9781568589756. 2016. Gr 10-Adult

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal. 9780393246186. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Blood at the Root : A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips. 9780393293012. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Blue on Blue : An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops by Charles Campisi. 9781501127199. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

But What If We’re Wrong? : Thinking about the Present As If It Were in the Past by Chuck Klosterman. 9780399184123. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Cast Away : True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson. 9781620972632. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.


City of Thorns : Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence. 9781250067630. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

A Different Kind of Daughter : The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight by Maria Toorpakai. 9781455591411. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Double Bind : Women on Ambition edited by Robin Romm. 9781631491214. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

The Fire This Time : A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward. 9781501126345. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Game Changers : The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot. 9781501137099. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.


I Contain Multitudes : The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. 9780062368591. 201g. Gr 11-Adult.

Inferno : A Doctor’s Ebola Story by Steven Hatch. 9781250085139. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Irena’s Children : The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo. 9781476778501. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

The Morning They Came for Us : Dispatches from Syria by Janine di Giovanni. 9780871407139. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Never Caught : The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. 9781501126390. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

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