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YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / General (see also headings under Family)

Communication Smarts: How to Express Yourself Best in Conversations, Texts, E-mails, and More

From the Series USA TODAY Teen Wise Guides: Lifestyle Choices

Email, cell phones, Facebook, texts, letters … even good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation. Teens today have all kinds of choices when it comes to communication. But did you know that… Read More →

  • Lexile: 930
  • Dewey: 302.2

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of… Read More →

Debunk It!: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation

We live in an era of misinformation, much of it spread by authority figures, including politicians, religious leaders, broadcasters, and, of course, apps and websites. With so much bogus… Read More →

Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word

While most people say they believe in equal rights, the word feminism—America's new F-word—makes people uncomfortable. Explore the history of US feminism through pioneers such as Elizabeth… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1170
  • Dewey: 305.42

Fuel under Fire: Petroleum and Its Perils

Every day, people on Earth use about 90 million barrels of petroleum (oil and natural gas) to fuel cars, buses, airplanes, farm equipment, and factories; to heat their homes; and to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1270
  • Dewey: 338.2’728

Green Energy: Crucial Gains or Economic Strains?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

This book examines the history of human energy use as well as the latest energy developments in the United States. It provides the opinions and perpsectives of government and business… Read More →

  • Dewey: 333.79'4

Gun Control: Preventing Violence or Crushing Constitutional Rights?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

Americans are sharply divided on the issue of gun control. Some people believe that inadequate gun laws make the United States a dangerous place. They believe that stricter laws could keep… Read More →

  • Dewey: 363.330973

Human Travel to the Moon and Mars: Waste of Money or Next Frontier?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

Americans are divided over the future of the U.S. space program. Some say it's time to send astronauts back to the Moon, as well as to Mars for the first time. They believe that exploring… Read More →

  • Dewey: 629.45'4

Internet Censorship: Protecting Citizens or Trampling Freedom?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

Americans are sharply divided on the issue of Internet censorship. This book examines the history of censorship in the United States as well as current federal, state, and local laws. It… Read More →

  • Dewey: 005.8

Legalized Gambling: Revenue Boom or Social Bust?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

This book examines the history of gambling as well as current federal, state, and local laws. It provides opinions and perspectives on both sides of the issue. It also presents the… Read More →

  • Dewey: 363.4'20973

Legalizing Drugs: Crime Stopper or Social Risk?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

This book looks at the history of drug laws in the United States, the modern-day War on Drugs, and the medical marijuana movement. It provides the opinions and perspectives of police… Read More →

  • Dewey: 364.1'77

Organic Agriculture: Protecting Our Food Supply or Chasing Imaginary Risks?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

Once embraced only by environmentalists and "health nuts," the organic agriculture movement is flourishing in the United States. With this popularity has come a heated national debate… Read More →

  • Dewey: 631.5'84

Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

On the night of June 23, 1990, teenage friends Kyle Unger and John Beckett made a last-minute decision to attend a music festival near Roseisle, Manitoba. They were loners, not the popular… Read More →

  • Lexile: 840
  • Dewey: 340

Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death: The story of Steven Truscott

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager in rural Ontario in the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football, and racing bikes with his friends. One summer… Read More →

  • Lexile: 780
  • Dewey: 340

Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird: The story of Guy Paul Morin

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

At twenty-four, Guy Paul Morin was considered a bit strange. He still lived at home, drove his parents' car, kept bees in the backyard, and grew flowers to encourage the hives. He played the… Read More →

  • Lexile: 900
  • Dewey: 340

Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen: The story of David Milgaard

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the Saskatoon police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was… Read More →

  • Lexile: 840
  • Dewey: 340

Real Justice: Young, Innocent and In Prison: The story of Robert Baltovich

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

At twenty-five, Rob Baltovich lost the love of his life, Elizabeth Bain. That was bad enough. Then he was arrested, jailed, sent to trial for murder, convicted, and sent to prison—for life… Read More →

  • Lexile: 810
  • Dewey: 340

Same-Sex Marriage: Granting Equal Rights or Damaging the Status of Marriage?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

Same-sex marriage is a sharply divisive issue in the United States. Yet in the twenty-first century, cities and states across the nation are beginning to make available a range of legal… Read More →

  • Dewey: 306.84'8

Teen Incarceration: From Cell Bars to Ankle Bracelets

In the United States, the conversation about teen incarceration has moved from one extreme to another. For centuries, execution of juvenile offenders was legal. By the twenty-first century… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1260
  • ATOS: 8.9
  • Dewey: 364.60835/0973

Uncool: A Girl's Guide to Misfitting In

So you didn’t make the cheerleading squad. You wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those too-short pleated skirts anyway. Fact is, you’re not the same as everyone else. So what’s wrong with… Read More →

Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning After High School

For high school students all over the country, figuring out what to do after graduation is a major question. For many, the logical answer is continuing their education, whether in a training… Read More →

Understanding Suicide: A National Epidemic

Suicide is among the top three causes of death for young people ages 15 to 24. In fact, this global epidemic claims 41,000 lives per year in the United States alone. Suicide touches people of… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1200
  • ATOS: 8.3
  • Dewey: 362.28

Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

"Trafficking thrives in the shadows. And it can be easy to dismiss it as something that happens to someone else, somewhere else. But that is not the case. Trafficking is a crime that involves… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1150
  • Dewey: 306.3'62

Volunteering Smarts: How to Find Opportunities, Create a Positive Experience, and More

From the Series USA TODAY Teen Wise Guides: Lifestyle Choices

Volunteering. So you want to get out there and do something? Help someone in need, make a difference, change the world? There are numerous volunteering opportunities out there. Did you know… Read More →

  • Lexile: 980
  • Dewey: 302'.14