Throughout the second half of the year, publishers are offering up a bevy of successful nonfiction adult titles adapted for younger audiences. Topics range from the opioid crisis, leadership skills, Indigenous people’s history, and more.
One Person, No Vote: How All Voters Are Not Treated Equally
This middle grade book, adapted from a 2018 adult nonfiction title, investigates U.S. voter suppression.
Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II and Three Days in January: Young Readers' Edition: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission
Baier, a Fox News anchor, and Whitney adapt their two historical nonfiction titles about pivotal moments for past U.S. presidents for middle grade audiences.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People
Dunbar-Ortiz’s 2014 book for adults, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, won the 2015 National Book Award and offered the first history of the United States from the perspective of Indigenous people, demonstrating the spread of colonial settlers with a freshly critical eye. Curriculum experts Reese and Mendoza adapt the book for middle grade and young adult readers, adding discussion topics and visual material.
No Surrender: Young Readers’ Edition
This middle-grade adaptation is published simultaneously with the adult biography. The book follows the story of Edmonds’s father, who helped save lives in a prisoner-of-war camp in WWII Germany.
Beetle Battles: One Scientist's Journey of Adventure and Discovery
In this new middle-grade edition of Emlen’s 2012 book, readers travel to South America to find an elusive armored beetle.
The Far Away Brothers: Two Teenage Immigrants Making a Life in America
This true story, adapted for young readers from the 2017 book, follows identical twin brothers in El Salvador who fled for the U.S. as they navigate the immigration system.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
Quinones’s nonfiction title for adults, Dreamland, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction. Here adapted for teens, the book includes new photographs and material concerning the opioid epidemic as it relates to adolescents.
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead
In her 2018 memoir, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, documented her life of activism that started as a child in Texas. This year, a volume adapted for young readers offers tips on leadership and risk-taking.
What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
For a middle grade audience, Warren adapts her 2014 book about canine sensory perception.
No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
This book is adapted for teens from the 2017 memoir of a man, blind from adolescence, who achieves incredible feats despite his diagnosis.
Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest
Wohlleben’s bestselling title from 2016, The Hidden Life of Trees, which teased out the interconnectedness of trees, is now adapted for middle grade readers.