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Non-fiction books to help teens understand the world around them

Never Fall Down

Non-fiction books can be a great tool to help teenagers explore and investigate problems in their lives and around the world.

These fantastic books explore the issues facing young people today - from the demonization of the working class to gang culture to sexuality, while others help explain how the world has ended up where it has.

  • Persepolis

    Author: Marjane Satrapi Translator: Blake Ferris

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  • Persepolis

    Author: Marjane Satrapi Translator: Blake Ferris

    Persepolis is Satrapi's history of Iran and her life in Iran and France as she tries to retain her Iranian culture but also grow u…

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  • Politics for Beginners

    Author: Alex Frith and Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell Illustrator: Kellan Stover

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  • Politics for Beginners

    Author: Alex Frith and Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell Illustrator: Kellan Stover

    It's increasingly important for young people to learn about politics and how they can get involved. This engaging book introduces …

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  • I am Malala

    Author: Malala Yousafzai

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  • I am Malala

    Author: Malala Yousafzai

    This is the real life story of one of the most incredible and inspirational young people in the world. Reading this book might jus…

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  • Jerusalem

    Author: Guy Delisle Illustrator: Guy Delisle and Lucie Firoud (Colour) Translator: Helge Dascher

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  • Jerusalem

    Author: Guy Delisle Illustrator: Guy Delisle and Lucie Firoud (Colour) Translator: Helge Dascher

    ...a dazzling brilliant book that is subtly political, never heavy-handed and always cast with a fair eye.

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  • Chavs

    Author: Owen Jones

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  • Chavs

    Author: Owen Jones

    Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and …

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  • You Are Awesome

    Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph

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  • You Are Awesome

    Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph

    An accessible, funny self-help manual for pre-teens and teenagers, based on Carol Dweck’s growth mindset theory: how to train your…

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