New Nonfiction

March 2014

Pedal It!  How Bicycles are Changing the World by Michelle MulderPedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World
Mulder, Michelle
Call Number: J 629.2272 MULD
2013
Pedal It! celebrates the humble bicycle--from the very first boneshakers to the sleek racing bikes of today, from handlebars to spokes to gear sprockets--and shows you why and how bikes can make the world a better place. Not only can bikes be used to power computers and generators, they can also reduce pollution, promote wellness and get a package across a crowded city--fast! Informative but not didactic, Pedal It! encourages young readers to be part of the joy of cycling.
When the Beat Was Born:  DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban HillWhen the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Hill, Laban
Call Number: J 921 HERC
2013
Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks, the musical interludes between verses, longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.
Searching for Sarah Rector:  The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya BoldeenSearching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America
Boldeen, Tonya
Call Number: J 921 RECTOR
2014
Recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of eleven-year-old Sarah Rector, an African American who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy, and what it reveals about race, money, and American society.
Growth by Chris OxladeGrowth
Oxlade, Chris
Call Number: J 571.81 OXLA
2012
What is growth? -- How humans grow -- More life cycles -- Changing shape -- Growing cells -- Healthy growth -- Always growing -- Conclusion -- Try it yourself
Fourth Down and Inches:  Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment  by Carla McClaffertyFourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment
McClafferty, Carla
Call Number: J 617.481 MCCL
2013
Offers a look at the origins of football and the latest research on concussion and traumatic brain injuries in the sport.
We Shall Overcome:  The Story of a Song by Debbie LevyWe Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
Levy, Debbie
Call Number: J 782.42 LEVY
2013
Traces the history of the inspiring anthem and explains how it has come to represents the right for equality and freedom around the world.