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2017 Texas Topaz List
Recommended non-fiction titles for adults and children. Click on the title to see the item's listing in the Library's catalog to read the item's description, see similar items or place a hold.



Books Recommended for Grades K-3

Title Author 
I'm Trying to Love Spiders: (It Isn't Easy) Bethany Barton
Glow: Animals With Their Own Night-Lights W.H. Beck
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille Jennifer Bryant
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings Matthew Burgess
The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game Nancy Churnin
The Secret Subway Shana Corey
I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are Bridget Heos
Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals Jess Keating
Hippos Are Huge! Jonathan London
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Javaka Steptoe
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh Sally M. Walker



Books Recommended for Grades 3-6

Title Author 
Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner Clay Swartz
Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics Steve Jenkins
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World Steve Jenkins
Untamed: the Wild Life of Jane Goodall Anita Silvey
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars Gregory Zuckerman



Books Recommended for Grades 5-8

Title Author 
Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner Clay Swartz
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts Susan Cain
Choosing Courage: Inspiring Stories of What it Means to Be a Hero Peter Collier
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Russell Freeman
The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics  Gregory Mone
Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever Jim Murphy
Lincoln's Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America's First Private Eye Samantha Seiple
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story Caren Barzelay Stelson
Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson



Books Recommended for Grades 6-12

Title Author 
Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner Clay Swartz
Remaking the John: The Invention and Reinvention of the Toilet Francesca DiPiazza
Popular, a Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Maya Van Wagenen



Books Recommended for Grades 9-12

Title Author 
Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner Clay Swartz
Remaking the John: The Invention and Reinvention of the Toilet Francesca DiPiazza
Popular, a Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Maya Van Wagenen
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad M.T. Anderson
Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World Jack Andraka
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans Don Brown
Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave Shyima Hall
Blood, Bullets and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA Bridget Heos
March. Book Three John Lewis
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsburg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Steve Sheinkin
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Pamela S. Turner
The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best Brandon Webb
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When my Nightmare Began Alex Cooper
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided Diane Guerrero
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah



Books Recommended for Adults

Title Author 
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When my Nightmare Began Alex Cooper
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided Diane Guerrero
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah
The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry John Feinstein
The Games: A Global History of the Olympics David Goldblatt
The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer Skip Hollandsworth
The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future Mason Inman
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Steven Johnson
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It...Every Time Maria Konnikova
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Beth Macy
Kill 'Em and Leave 'Em: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul James McBride
The Wright Brothers David McCullough
Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives - and Our Lives Change Our Genes Sharon Moalem
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution Nathaniel Philbrick
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation Rebecca Traister