Narrative Nonfiction for Grades 5-8

Narrative nonfiction books tell true stories. There is also lots of great narrative nonfiction in the biography section, located in Y921. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
BartolettiHitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth. (176 pp.)
Y943.086 BA
BartolettiThey Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
Documents the history and origin of the Ku Klux Klan. (172 pp.)
Y322.4 BA
BlumenthalBootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
A look at the decades-long battle for temperance leading up to Prohibition and the disastrous effects of the law. (154 pp.)
Y973.91 BL
BrimnerBlack and White: The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor
Examines the Civil Rights movement from two opposing viewpoints. (112 pp.)
Y323.1 BR
BurnsThe Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe
A “dream team” of scientists work to determine what is threatening bee colonies and agriculture, which depends on bees for pollination. (66 pp.)
Y638.13 BU
FleischmanPhineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science
Discusses 19th century Vermonter Phineas Gage's brain injury and how it led to the science of brain study. (86 pp.)
Y612.82 FL
FlemingThe Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia
The riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. (292 pp.)
Y947.084 FL
GiblinGood Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth
This book chronicles the lives of the Booth brothers, who were both actors but differed in almost every other way. (244 pp.)
Y920 Booth
HooseMoonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
The story of a four-ounce bird that has flown 325,000 miles in his life. (148 pp.)
Y598.33 HO
HopkinsonTitanic: Voices from the Disaster
Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster. (289 pp.)
Y910.453 HO
HoustonBulu: African Wonder Dog
Bulu, a Jack Russell terrier born on a crocodile farm in Zambia, becomes a foster parent for orphaned baby animals. (323 pp.)
Y636.7 HO
McPhersonIceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic
Learn about the sinking of the Titanic and the discovery of its wreckage. (112 pp.)
Y910.453 McP
MontgomeryKakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
A team of scientists tries to restore the kakapo population an a remote island off the coast of New Zealand. (74 pp.)
Y639.9 MO
MurphyAn American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
Explore the medical mystery of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic and the African American doctors and nurses who stayed behind to care for the sick. (165 pp.)
Y614.5 MU
MurphyInvincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure
This exploration of the deadly germ that causes tuberculosis includes an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of the disease over time. (149 pp.)
Y616.9 MU
O'ConnellThe Elephant Scientist
Journey to the Namibian desert and witness one of nature's largest, most complex, and most intelligent mammals. (70 pp.)
Y599.67 OC
RuschThe Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
The story of the two robot vehicles sent to explore Mars. (79 pp.)
Y523.43 RU
SandlerSecret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering
The attempt to build an air-powered railway below New York City. (96 pp.)
Y388.4 SA
SandlerTrapped in Ice!: An Amazing True Whaling Adventure
In 1871, thirty-two whale ships find themselves and their 1,200 crew members trapped by crushing ice and facing imminent death. (168 pp.)
Y639.2 SA
SchanzerWitches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
The unexplained illness of two young girls turns into a witch hunt. (144 pp.)
Y133.43 SC
SheinkinBomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
The story of the atomic bomb, from the discovery to the scientists and the spies involved. (266 pp.)
Y355.8 SH
SheinkinLincoln's Grave Robbers
An account of the 1875 attempt to steal the sixteenth president's body. (214 pp.)
Y973.7 SH
SheinkinThe Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
An account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny. (200 pp.)
Y940.54 SH
StoneAlmost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
A tale of thirteen women who fought to become the first female astronauts. (133 pp.)
Y629.45 ST
StoneCourage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers
Examines the role of African Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers. (147 pp.)
Y940.54 ST
StottsWe Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World
Explores the roots of this famous song and demonstrates the key role it played in the Civil Rights, Labor, and Anti-War movements. (72 pp.)
Y323.1 ST
ThimmeshTeam Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
An in-depth look at Apollo 11 and the first moon landing. (80 pp.)
Y629.45 TH

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