Feb 8, 2008

new nonfiction books, 2.8.08

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Get Paid to Play: every student athlete's guide to over $1 million in college scholarships
This book is a handbook for college-bound high school athletes that are interested in playing playing sports in college. The book will help athletes get recruited by colleges that best match the athletes level of play, whether that level is NCAA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Division I, II, or III, NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), or NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association).

ADHD & Me: what I learned from lighting fires at the dinner table, Blake Taylor
A college freshman this fall, Taylor was five when he was diagnosed with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He's been medicated all these years, but even when he remembered to take his pills, that's only been a small part of his learning to cope with ADHD. Taylor's still more impulsive, more hyperactive and more open to distractions than others. He can also be more energetic and more passionate than anyone else. He has learned to see his neurological differences as a mixed blessing — yes, he's obsessive, but channeled toward a good cause, that can translate to hyperfocused. He veers off the subject, but that can spur creativity, thinking outside the box. Taylor relates the stories of his ADHD mishaps in no special order — how he set fire to the dining room in ninth grade, how he was bullied in sixth grade, how he was victimized by his first-grade teacher — as if to emphasize that a variety of problems can always happen. After describing each incident, he follows up with a 'cause and effect' discussion of what he learned from what went wrong, followed by a 'solutions' section, a few brief tips for other kids to try. Taylor speaks to fellow teens and their families with an authority few experts can muster

Voices from Colonial America: New Hampshire 1603-1776
You might know that New Hampshire's proud motto is "Live Free or Die." But did you know that it was a quest for sassafras and a shortcut to Asia that brought the first Europeans to this part of America in 1603? Or that John Smith of the Virginia Colony officially claimed the land for England in 1614? Now, readers can follow the rich history and the changing boundaries of this colony, which has included what is now Maine and which has at times been part of Massachusetts. Scott Auden's narrative also details the challenges of daily colonial life, how good relations with the native Abenaki deteriorated into nearly a century of warfare, and the daring deeds of New Hampshire Patriots during the War of Independence.

A long way gone: memoirs of a buy soldier, Ishmael Beah
In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

Gunstories: Life-changing experiences with guns, S. Beth Atkin
Guns are a fact of life for young people growing up in the United States. They are present in homes — for protection, sport, and hunting. Guns are also on the street — for defense and security, and in gang-related uses. Guns can cause accidents, injuries, and deaths, while they can also nurture self-esteem, bolster confidence, and foster athletic abilities. The impact of guns is life changing and undoubtedly twofold. In a series of evocative and stirring interviews and photographs, S. Beth Atkin presents an array of young people who candidly share the mixed consequences of guns in their lives. Told in their own voices, these are their remarkable stories.

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