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Grades 6-8 Non-Fiction

Allen, Judy, Unexplained: An Encyclopedia of Curious Phenomena, Strange Superstitions and Ancient Mysteries (NEW)
A seamless combination of absorbing fact-filled text and stunning visuals in an investigation of mysteries that continue to baffle, tantalize, and spark endless debate. The book is divided into engaging subject areas as diverse as Hauntings, The Power of the Mind, Disappearances, and From Another Planet. Readers will pore over accessible and exciting entries about the sixth sense, premonitions, frog showers and fish falls, Atlantis, and crop circles.

Cuadros, Paul, A Home on the Field : How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America (NEW)
Journalist Paul Cuadros goes to Siler City, North Carolina, with the intention of writing about the hardships faced by the town's Latino immigrants, but after observing the strained relationships between the town's longtime residents and the newcomers, he decides to help bring them together and begins coaching a high school soccer team that gets to the state championships.

Pletka, Bob, My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World (NEW)
Pletka, a director of technology for Southern California's Covina-Valley School District, organized a project with high-school students in his region. The students' charge was to capture, with words and images, their lives during a month at school. Grouped into categories, the powerful student essays and photos address the trip to and from school, learning, and the ways students play after school.

Rannals, Melissa and Alvarado, Sew Subversive: Down and Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista (NEW)
Fashion hipsters Rannels, Alvarado and Meng are co-owners of San Francisco's Stitch Lounge, a drop-in sewing center where would-be fashionistas can rent sewing machines by the hour, take lessons and compare notes on design and technique. They are enthusiastic teachers and, in their first book, give beginning sewers all the basics, plus 22 tempting projects. Their mission "subverting" fashion is all about "embellishing and customizing clothes refashioning them to make them uniquely your own

Venables, Stephen, Voices from the Mountains : 40 True-Life Stories of Unforgettable Adventure, Drama, and Human Endurance (NEW)
Presents beautifully illustrated profiles of thirty-five dramatic mountain climbs and provides information on each mountain. Readers find no shortage of human agony, broken bones, frostbite, dehydration, starvation, and death. Mountain climbing demands boldness, bravery, persistence. But most of all it requires respect for the power and majesty of nature