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Non-Fiction for Senior Grades

Created by craigriggs
  • Age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: young adult
Recommended non-fiction for high school students

Showing 1-8 of 11 books

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From the Ashes

My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way

by Jesse Thistle
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook
tagged: personal memoirs, indigenous studies, self-esteem

#1 National Bestseller
Finalist, CBC Canada Reads
A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
An Indigo Book of the Year
A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year

In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame …

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Activating the Heart

Storytelling, Knowledge Sharing, and Relationship

edited by Julia Christensen; Christopher Cox & Lisa Szabo-Jones
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: indigenous studies, native american

Activating the Heart is an exploration of storytelling as a tool for knowledge production and sharing to build new connections between people and their histories, environments, and cultural geographies. The collection pays particular attention to the significance of storytelling in Indigenous knowledge frameworks and extends into other ways of know …

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Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

by Daniel Heath Justice
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: indigenous studies, books & reading

Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part cultural history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts the vital significance of literary expression to the political, creative, and intellectual efforts of Indigenous peoples today. In considering the connections between literature and lived experience, t …

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Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

by Tanya Talaga
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: native americans, human rights, indigenous studies

Praise for Tanya Talaga and Seven Fallen Feathers:
Winner, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize
Finalist, 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Winner, 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Finalist, 2017 Speaker’s Book Award
Finalist, 2018 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
A Best Book of the Decade, The Walrus
An Ind …

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Read, Listen, Tell

Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island

edited by Sophie McCall; Deanna Reder; David Gaertner & Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: native american & aboriginal, anthologies (multiple authors), indigenous studies

“Don’t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You’ve heard it now.” —Thomas King, in this volume

Read, Listen, Tell brings together an extraordinary range of Indigenous stories from across Turtle Island (North America). From short fiction to as-told-to narratives, from ill …

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This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the Climate

by Naomi Klein
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged: environmental policy, energy industries, environmental economics

WINNER 2014 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically bette …

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Tecumseh and Brock

The War of 1812

by James Laxer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867), military, historical

Now available in paperback, Tecumseh and Brock is a powerful and compelling new work on the War of 1812, from bestselling author, historian, political scientist, and scholar James Laxer.

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the British Empire is engaged in a titanic war with Napoleonic France for global supremacy. The American Republic is quickly …

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Looks Like Daylight

Voices Of Indigenous Kids

by Deborah Ellis, foreword by Loriene Roy
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: native american, canada, cultural heritage

After her critically acclaimed books of interviews with Afghan, Iraqi, Israeli and Palestinian children, Deborah Ellis turns her attention closer to home. For two years she traveled across the United States and Canada interviewing Native children. The result is a compelling collection of interviews with children aged nine to eighteen. They come fro …