A man most driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the founding of America by Peter Firstbrook
Charlie Chaplin: a brief life by Peter Ackroyd
Jerry Lee Lewis: his own story by Rick Bragg
Yes please by Amy Poehler
Joan of Arc: a life transfigured by Kathryn Harrison
The Nazis next door: how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men by Eric Lichtblau
The Georgetown set: friends and rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken
Red Nile: a biography of the world's greatest river by Robert Twigger
Rozelle: a biography by Jerry Izenberg ; foreword by David Stern
Scribe: my life in sports by Bob Ryan
Isabella: the warrior queen by Kirstin Downey
Brian Jones: the making of the Rolling Stones by Paul Trynka
Here are some great books for 11th grade, complete with fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. Make sure to check out our other high school lists as well!
The diviners by Libba Bray
The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Why we broke up: novel by Daniel Handler ; art by Maira Kalman
Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets by Evan Roskos
September girls by Bennett Madison
The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Here are some suggested reads for tenth grade, with fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels and everything in between. make sure to also check out our other high school lists!
The story of Owen: dragon slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston
The midnight dress by Karen Foxlee
The summer prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
If I ever get out of here: a novel with paintings by Eric Gansworth
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Killer of enemies by Joseph Bruchac
A brief history of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
The fault in our stars by John Green
Reality Boy by a novel by A.S. King
Popular a memoir: Vintage wisdom for a modern geek by Maya Van Wagenen
Hole in my life by Jack Gantos
The woman who would be king by Kara Cooney
Putin's kleptocracy: who owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha
The unsubstantial air: American fliers in the First World War by Samuel Hynes
Dear Leader: poet, spy, escapee— a look inside North Korea by Jang Jin-sung ; translated by Shirley Lee
Mighty Fitz: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher
Gales of November: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Robert J. Hemming
The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Frederick Stonehouse
The five languages of apology [large print]: how to experience healing in all your relationships by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas
Daring: my passages: a memoir by Gail Sheehy
Eleanor of Aquitaine: the mother queen of the Middle Ages by Desmond Seward
Neil Patrick Harris: choose your own autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris ; as unshredded and pasted back together by David Javerbaum
Mr. Hockey: my story by Gordie Howe
One lucky bastard: tales from Tinseltown by Roger Moore with Gareth Owen
Ain't nothing but a man: my quest to find the real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson — If you’ve heard of Paul Bunyan, maybe you’ve also heard of John Henry, the legendary man who beat a steam drill. Did you know he was a real person? In this story Scott Nelson tells about his discoveries of John Henry, the real man.
The griffin and the dinosaur: how Adrienne Mayor discovered a fascinating link between myth and science by Marc Aronson with Adrienne Mayor ; illustrated by Chris Muller — Dinosaurs have fascinated people for a long time, but even before people knew there were dinosaurs, they had found their bones and made up stories of what they must have been like.
There is a cure for diabetes: the 21-day+ holistic recovery program by Gabriel Cousens ; forewords by Sandra Rose Michael and Brian R. Clement
The American Diabetes Association vegetarian cookbook: satisfying, bold, and flavorful recipes from the garden by Chef Steven Petusevsky, author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook
Type 2 diabetes [videodisc]: a case for cardiovascular intervention by produced in cooperation with the American Association of Diabetes Educators
An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson. Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case.
The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein. Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?
A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.
Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden
Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard
Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray
Pocahontas by Grace Steele Woodward
Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.
Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.
Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?
The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.
Inside Syria: the backstory of their Civil War and what the world can expect by Reese Erlich ; foreword by Noam Chomsky
How to be a Victorian: a dawn-to-dusk guide to Victorian life by Ruth Goodman
The return of George Washington: 1783-1789 by Edward J. Larson
The collapse: the accidental opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte
A storm of witchcraft: the Salem trials and the American experience by Emerson W. Baker
Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell
Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems
The doghouse by Jan Thomas
Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti
Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley
Fifty states: every question answered by Lori Baird, Marcel Brousseau, Amber Rose
The devils' alliance: Hitler's pact with Stalin, 1939- 1941 by Roger Moorhouse
The fortunes of Africa: a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour by Martin Meredith
Leningrad: siege and symphony by Brian Moynahan