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Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

The purpose of the Texas Topaz Reading List is to provide children and adults with recommended nonfiction titles that stiumlate reading for pleasure and personal learning. It is intended for recreational reaading and is not designed to support any partic
undefined Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List 2018

2018 Topaz Youth Books

*denotes unanimous vote for title's inclusion on list

Awesome Minds : the Inventors of LEGO Toys by Erin Hagar
Becoming Bach by Thomas Leonard
Crossing Niagara : the Death-defying Adventures of the Great Blondin by Matt Ravares
¡Danza!  Amalia Hernandez and el Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan Tonatiuh
Feathers and Hair : What Animals Wear by Jennifer Ward
*Funny Bones : Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fisherman
John Ronald's Dragons : the story of J. R. R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister
Just Like Us.  Birds! by Bridget Heos
Keith Haring : the boy who just kept drawing by Kay Haring

Martin's Dream Day by Kitty Kelley
*Maya Lin : artist-architect of light and lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey
Mickey Mantle : the Commerce Comet by Jonah Winter
Mountain Chef : how one man lost his groceries, changed his plans, and helped cook up the National Park Service by Annette Bay Pimentel
Music of Life : Bartolomeo Chistofori & the invention of the piano by Elizabeth Rusch
One Proud Penny by Randy Siegel
Ready, Set...Baby!  A Kids Know Book by Elizabeth Rusch
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea : Marie Tharp maps the ocean floor by Robert Burleigh
*Tooth by Tooth : comparing fangs, tusks, and chompers by Sara Levine
What's the Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir
Apex Predators : the world's deadliest hunters, past and present by Steve Jenkins
Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Markel
¡Bravo!  Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Courage to Soar : a Body in Motion, a Life in Balance by Simone Biles
Fearless Spies and Daring Deeds of World War II by Rebecca Langston-George
Friend or Foe : the Whole Truth About Animals That People Love to Hate by Etta Kaner
Grace Hopper : Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hidden Figures : the Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Launched Our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly

How Cities Work : Explore the City Inside, Outside and Underground by Jen Feroze
*In the Shadow of Liberty : the hidden history of slavery, four presidents, and five black lives by Kenneth C. Davis

*Isaac the Alchemist : secrets of Isaac Newton, reveal'd by Mary Losure
Pathfinders : the journeys of 16 extraordinary black souls by Tonya Bolden
The Playbook : 52 rules to aim, shoot and score in this game called life by Kwame Alexander

The Plot to Kill Hitler : Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, spy, unlikely hero by Patricia McCormick
Poop Detectives : working dogs in the field by Ginger Wadsworth
*Quest for Z : the true story of explorer Percy Fawcett and the Lost City of the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli
*Sergeant Reckless : the story of a little horse who became a hero by Patricia McCormick

Seven Wonders of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar
Soldier Song : a true story of the Civil War by Debbie Levy
Some Writer!  The story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

Storm Too Soon : a remarkable true survival story in 80 foot seas by Mike Tougias
Stormy Seas : stories of young boat refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare
Two Truths and a Lie : it's alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Ugly : a Memoir by Robert Hoge
*Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

2018 Adult Books

*denotes unanimous vote for title's inclusion on list

*Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Barbarian Days : a surfing life by William Finnegan

Blitzed : drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler

Book Thieves : the Nazi looting of Europe's libraries and the race to return a literary inheritance by Anders Rydell
*Bright Hour : a memoir of living and dying by Nina Riggs

Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Do No Harm : stories of life, death, and brain surgery by Henry Marsh

End of the Perfect 10 : the making and breaking of gymnastics' top score - from Nadia to now by Dvora Meyers
Everybody Behaves Badly : the true story behind Hemingway's masterpiece Th Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. M. Blume
*The Gatekeepers : how the White House Chiefs of Staff define every presidency by Chris Whipple

Gulf : the making of an American sea by Jack E. Davis
*Hidden Figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Life of Trees : what they feel, how they communicate - discoveries from a secret world by Peter Wohlleben
I Contain Multitudes : the microbes within us and a grander view of life by Ed Yong
I'm Judging You : the do-better manual by Luvvie Ajayi
In Vino Duplicitas : the rise and fall of a wine forger extraordinaire by Peter Hellman
*Killers of the Flower Mon : the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Life Everlasting : the extraordinary story of one boy's gift to medical science by Sarah Gray
Lost City of the Monkey God : a true story by Douglas J. Preston

Marriage Bureau : the true story of how two matchmakers arranged love in wartime London by Penrose Halson
Monopolists : obsession, fury and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game by Mary Pilon
Option B : facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Originals : how non-conformists move the world by Adam Grant

Pit Bull : the battle over an American icon by Bronwen Dickey
Pumpkinflowers : a soldier's story of a forgotten war by Matti Friedman
Road to Jonestown : Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Jeff Guin

Spaceman : an astronaut's unlikely journey to unlock the secrets of the universe by Mike Massimino
Stoned : jewelry, obsession, and how desire shapes of the world by Aja Raden

Victoria the Queen : an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire by Julia Baird

We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled : Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman
*When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Word by Word : the secret life of dictionaries by Kory Stamper
Year of the Dunk : a modest defiance of gravity by Asher Price
*You Don't Have to Say you Love Me : a memoir by Sherman Alexie