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4th & 5th Grade Narrative Non-Fiction
Narrative non-fiction is non-fiction ("not fake") writing that "reads like a story." In good narrative non-fiction, the facts are accurate, but the author uses many of the same "writing tricks" that fiction writers use. This is a way for the author to create an interesting book that "flows well" and tells one or more true stories. An example of a non-fiction series that is NOT narrative non-fiction is the DK Eyewitness series. The books in this series are eye catching and fascinating, but each is a random collection of facts on a given topic, not a non-fiction story.
Hippos in the Night by Christina Allen (J 591.96 ALL)
Have you ever watched the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet and wondered what goes on behind the cameras or what it would be like to actually have a job as a scientist, traveling to exotic locations to study wild animals? In this book scientist Christina Allen gives an "insiders view" of a wildlife biologist working in Africa--complete with being kept awake by munching hippos and baby lion cubs.
What It's Like to Climb Mount Everest, blast off into space, survive a tornado, and other extraordinary stories by Jeff Belanger (J 179 BEL)
Have you ever read about Bethany Hamilton surviving a shark attack or watched a video of astronauts floating around in space and wondered what it would be like to have the experience yourself? By reading this book, you can gain a first hand view of several "extreme experiences"--without any actual risk to your own safety.
Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg (J 952 BLU)
This book reads like a fictional adventure story, but it is all true. Fourteen year old Manjiro is shipwrecked and survives for months on a desert island before being rescued by American whalers. He is exiled from his country and has adventures all around the world before returning to Japan at the age of 26. He returns to Japan as part of Commodore Perry's crew, determined to assist in the efforts to create diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan.
Reading Between the Bones by Susan Clinton (J 560.9 CLI)
Not so long ago, even the most knowlegable scientists didn't know that dinosaurs once walked the earth, but today the average preschooler can pronounce the Latin names of these prehistoric creatures and well as recite facts about them. This book describes how scientists first began to understand what fossils are, how they shared that knowledge with the public, and how the science of paleontology was developed.
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan (J 636.7 GRO)
Pet owners will easily relate to this bittersweet book. John Grogan excels at describing the good, the silly, and the sad times that come with having a dog in the family.
Dinosaur Bone War: Cope and Marsh's Fossil Feud by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (J 560.9 KIM)
Just how did two esteemed scientists get caught up in a rivalry that led to tabloid headlines, destruction of scientific evidence, and financial ruin?
The Fairy Ring: or Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure (J 398.21 LOS)
Nine year old Elsie and 15 year old Frances somehow managed to convince most of England not only that fairies exist, but that Elsie and Frances had managed to photograph some. Their many fans included esteemed author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes. Just how did two girls manage to trick so many people?
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds by Marissa Moss (J-B Edm MOS)
Sarah Edmonds started as a civil war soldier, was promoted to nurse, and then to spy. Her commanding officers recognized her bravery, but they didn't know her biggest secret of all. .