New Books Highlight: Just the Facts

I have said it before and I’ll say it again (and again and again!): non-fiction can be seriously cool. How cool, you ask? In the average day, you probably interact with non-fiction, or “informational,” texts in pretty typical ways like through listening to, watching or reading the news, reading a textbook for a class, etc. Those basic types of informational texts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fact-based writing! There are also: insanely cool you-can’t-believe-it’s-real-life adventure stories, biographies of change-making people you only thought you knew, how-to guides to help you achieve something awesome, and more! Here are a few choice informational picks from the Shorewood Library new YA books shelves:

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader edited by Cassandra Clareshadowhunters

Are you completely obsessed with the Mortal Instruments series? Feed your need for all things Cassandra Clare with this super-smart book about the world of Mortal Instruments. It’s kind of hard to describe, but if you are both a huge Mortal Instruments fan and the kind of person who needs to go behind the scenes, this book is a must for you. It will get you thinking about how your favorite pleasure reading books are incredibly informative, well-informed, and make you smarter. Because you are.

Sneak Peek! Instead of featuring the first line of this book, because each chapter is sort of an essay about an aspect of the book I will treat you to some of the chapter headings (and their authors…): Why the Best Friend Never Gets the Girl by Kami Garcia, The Importance of Being Malec by Sara Ryan, and, my favorite, What Does That Deviant Wench Think She’s Doing: Or, Shadowhunters Gone Wild by Sarah Rees Brennan. (Chapter titles copyright © 2013 Kami Garcia, Sara Ryan, and Sarah Rees Brennan respectively)

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthalsteve jobs

You want a story about an unlikely, somewhat unlikable, but completely brilliant underdog hero whose rock star ways save the world? Yeah, I thought so. Look no further than the real, true story of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and all-around genius. Jobs was adopted, a college dropout, and always pushed the boundaries. Did you know he was fired from Apple and then rose back up through the ranks? If you’re attached at the fingertips to your iOS devices, or even just to a regular old PC, you NEED to read this biography. It is awesome.

Sneak Peek! “On a warm June day in 2005, Steve Jobs went to his first college graduation – as the commencement speaker. The billionaire founder and leader of Apple Computer wasn’t just another stuffed-shirt businessman. Though only fifty years old, the college dropout was a technology rock tar, a living legend to millions of people around the world.” (Text copyright © 2012 by Karen Blumenthal)

Holy Spokes! A Biking Bible for Everyone by Rob Coppolilloholy spokes

Green to a fault? Cycling nut? This small book really has all the bits of information you could need, in one convenient place. Tips on bike maintenance, safety, travel cover the basics and beyond. Plus chapters on jobs that use your cycling skills, a history of the bicycle, and bike racing, will help you find and pursue bike dreams you didn’t know you had.

Sneak Peek! “For many years now, most cycling enthusiasts have attributed the first bicycle design to Leonardo da Vinci, one of the original Renaissance men, at around 1500 CE.” (Text copyright © 2013 by Rob Coppolillo)

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