Here are some of the latest nonfiction titles available at CA Library — look for them in the New Books section!
All Heart: My Dedication and Determination To Become One of Soccer’s Best by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey — Lloyd tells the full inspiring story of her journey to the top of the soccer world–an honest, action-packed account that takes readers inside the mind of a hardworking athlete. “While soccer fans will especially enjoy the detailed descriptions of key matches from her career, there’s much to glean about teamwork and determination for any teen. An inspiring story of perseverance” (Booklist).
Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs To Know by J.A. Hitchcock — Hitchcock, a nationally recognized cybercrime and cyberbullying expert, offers her own perspective on the topic and “interviews several other cyberbullying experts and includes their insights, making this a well-rounded resource for parents and educators” (Booklist).
Elon Musk and the Quest For A Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance — An in-depth look into the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most important entrepreneur, Elon Musk. “Vance maintains a lively pace and explains the groundbreaking technology in a way that is accessible and exciting” (School Library Journal).
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by Matin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher — Through more than 30 animal case studies, Durrani and Kalaugher examine various animal’s key features and describe the ways physics is at play in its life, how the connection between physics and animal behavior was discovered, and what remains to be found out. “Readers don’t need a background in physics to enjoy this engaging, educational title. Recommended for fans of popular science, including YA audiences” (Library Journal).
Last Message Received by Emily Trunko — Adapted from the popular Tumblr The Last Message Received, this book features sudden endings and the type of loss that will inspire readers to reflect on what’s essential in their own lives and the importance of celebrating the people they love every day. “Readers will return to this volume again and again, especially those in need of a bit of reassurance about the world” (School Library Journal).
Lazy Crafternoon by Stella Fields — Spend a lazy crafternoon with your friends. From school supplies to colorful tech accessories to perfect party decor, Lazy Crafternoon guides crafters through simple steps to create amazing projects. “With its color photos and attractive, easy-to-navigate layout, this [is] a great purchase for public libraries with large numbers of experienced crafters” (Booklist).
Stop, Breathe, Chill: Meditations for a Less Stressful, More Awesome Life by Beth Stebner — These mindfulness exercises will teach you how to focus on the present and stop freaking out about the future. Each entry tackles the sort of stuff life throws at you every day — whether it’s a situation with friends, issues with family, or the pressures of school, you’ll learn how to live in the moment and stop stressing out.
Storm In A Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski — Physicist Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. “Certainly this book will delight popular science fans, but it will also enchant reluctant nonfiction readers with its poetic descriptions and narrative appeal” (Library Journal).
Strong Inside: the True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line by Andrew Maraniss — A biography of the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference details his struggles against racism, persistence of will, and role as a civil rights trailblazer. “This portrait of the fortitude of a young athlete will make a huge impact on teens and is guaranteed to spark serious discussion” (School Library Journal).
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin — Jim Thorpe: super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American. Pop Warner: indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad. Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. “Containing a generous collection of black-and-white period photographs, this is a model of research and documentation, as well as of stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story” (Booklist starred review).
The Unofficial Guide To Crafting The World Of Harry Potter by Jamie Harrington — With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this spellbinding book, you’ll be able to transfigurate simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn. “Teens are an obvious audience, but with the first generation of Potter fanatics hitting their 30s, their thirst for 1990s nostalgia is unquenchable” (Library Journal).
Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-To-Head, created by Clay Swartz — One can read lengthy biographies of historical figures. Or, with Who Wins?, pit them head-to-head in a Ping-Pong match, hot dog eating contest, or a pie bake-off and actually understand first-hand the strengths and weaknesses, the triumphs and losses of the people who have shaped out world. “With no right or wrong answers, there’s ample room for creative debate” (Publishers Weekly).