20 Must-Read Nonfiction Narrative Books for Middle Schoolers
"The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank: This book is a memoir of a Jewish girl who lived in hiding during the Holocaust. It offers a powerful and moving insight into the experiences of Jewish people during World War II.
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot: This book tells the true story of a woman whose cells were taken without her knowledge and used for scientific research, leading to many medical breakthroughs.
"The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics" by Daniel James Brown: This book tells the true story of a rowing team from the University of Washington that competed in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.
"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough: This book tells the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright and their invention of the airplane.
"Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand: This book tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II veteran who survived a plane crash and a brutal Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
"A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park: This book tells the story of a young boy in Sudan who must walk to a distant well every day to fetch water for his family.
"Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper: This book tells the story of a girl with cerebral palsy who wants to be treated like everyone else.