Best Teen & Young Adult History of Exploration & Discovery Books

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1. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning History for Young People)

Author: by Jean Mendoza
Beacon Press
272 pages

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2020 American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People,selected by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council 2019 Best-Of Lists: Best YA Nonfiction of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews) Best Nonfiction of 2019 (School Library Journal) Best Books for Teens (New York Public Library) Best Informational Books for Older Readers (Chicago Public Library)Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples’ resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism.

Going beyond the story of America as a country discovered by a few brave men in the New World, Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.

The original academic text is fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history.

2. Along Came Galileo

Author: by Jeanne Bendick
Beautiful Feet Books
95 pages

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A terrific book to introduce children to a great scientist, some of his scientific forebears, and his significant scientific ideas and discoveries. Cathy Duffy Reviews One of the most important figures to come out of the awakening world of the Renaissance was Galileo Galelei.

Galileo was forever asking questions. Is it possible to measure heat?Can you weigh air? Does the earth stand still or does it move? How fast do objects fall to the earth? These questions, and his answers to them, led to some of the most important discoveries ever in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and the natural world.

Among his many accomplishments Galileo advanced the astronomical telescope and invented the compound microscope. He measured the rotation of the sun, invented the thermometer, a geometrical compass, and the pendulum clock. He was a man of faith, a lover of art and an accomplished artist.

He played the lute and enjoyed working in his garden. He was the first to see, through the lens of the telescope, the sights and wonders of our galaxy that moved him to profound gratitude to God. He was so ahead of his time that his discoveries caused him to be the object of persecution and injustice.

3. Interesting Stories For Curious People Volume 2: A Collection of Captivating Stories About History, Science, Pop Culture and Anything in Between

Author: by Bill O'Neill
225 pages

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Want to impress your friends at your next get-together? Need to think of something interesting to do at the next family gathering? Want to learn a bunch of mind-blowing stories about history, science, true crime, and the paranormal? Pick up Interesting Stories for Curious People Volume 2, your ultimate source of interesting facts about a wide range of diverse topics.

This book is truly a quick read packed with information from cover to cover. Here you will find out:Was martial arts expert and action film star Bruce Lee the victim of a curse? How did the guillotine become France’s execution method?

What is the Mokele-mbeme? Did famous American bank robber John Dillinger survive his shootout with the FBI? Do some people have a natural immunity to HIV/AIDs? Interesting Stories for Curious People is not some boring book packed with useless facts, but is an engaging reference guide that brings to life some of the strangest and most fascinating aspects of our planet, and beyond!

4. 1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization (For Young People Series)

Author: by Rebecca Stefoff
Triangle Square
416 pages

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1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann tells the gripping story of globalization through travel, trade, colonization, and migration from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to the present. How did the lowly potato plant feed the poor across Europe and then cause the deaths of millions?

How did the rubber plant enable industrialization? What is the connection between malaria, slavery, and the outcome of the American Revolution? How did the fabled silver mountain of sixteenth-century Bolivia fund economic development in the flood-prone plains of rural China and the wars of the Spanish Empire?

Here is the story of how sometimes the greatest leaps also posed the greatest threats to human advancement. Mann’s language is as plainspoken and clear as it is provocative, his research and erudition vast, his conclusions ones that will stimulate the critical thinking of young people.

1493 for Young People provides tools for wrestling with the most pressing issues of today, and will empower young people as they struggle with a changing world.

5. Death on the River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Amazon Adventure

Author: by Samantha Seiple
Scholastic Press
224 pages

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The action-packed true story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s dangerous adventure down one of the most treacherous rivers on Earth.”I did have a murderous trip down South, but it was mighty interesting.” In October 1913, Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a tour of South America.

The thrill-seeking adventurer had no idea that he would soon receive an offer he couldn’t refuse: the chance to lead an expedition deep into the Amazon jungle to chart an unmapped river with his son Kermit and renowned Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon.

Death on the River of Doubt takes readers inside the thrilling journey that unfolds as Roosevelt, Rondon, Kermit, and their companions navigate an unpredictable river through an unforgiving jungle. With new threats at every turn, from bloodthirsty piranhas and raging rapids to starvation, disease, and a traitor in their own ranks, it seems that not everyone will make it out alive.

Through it all, the indomitable Teddy Roosevelt remained determined to complete their mission and rewrite the map of the world.Or die trying.

6. Mark Twain – Exploration, Revolution, and Constitution, Grades 6 – 12 (American History Series)

Author: by Cindy Barden
128 pages

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Bring history to life for students in grades 612 using Exploration, Revolution, and Constitution! This 128-page book is perfect for independent study or use as a tutorial aid. It explores history, geography, and social studies with activities that involve critical thinking, writing, and technology.

The book includes topics such as the land of the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, colonial life, the Boston Tea Party, and patriots. It also includes vocabulary words, time lines, maps, and reading lists. Aligned to Common Core State Standards, NCSS standards and national and Canadian provincial standards.

7. The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World

Author: by Nathaniel Philbrick
Puffin Books
368 pages

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Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower! After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower? S passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together.

But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower specifically for younger readers, this edition includes additional maps, artwork, and archival photos.

8. Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story

Author: by Michael Collins
224 pages

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Based on the adult bestseller Carrying the FireIn time for the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon, this re-release of Michael Collins’s autobiography is a bold, sparkling testament to exploration and perseverance. In this captivating account, space traveler Collins recalls his early days as an Air Force test pilot, his training at NASA, and his unparalleled experiences in orbit, including the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar landing.

The final chapter to this autobiography is an exciting and convincing argument in favor of mankind’s continued exploration of our universe. Originally published in 1976 and updated for this new edition, including an introduction from astronaut Scott Kelly, Collins’s voice and message are sure to resonate with a new generation of readers.

9. Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

Author: by Nick Bertozzi
First Second
128 pages

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERErnest Shackleton was one of the last great Antarctic explorers, and he led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken. This is his story, and the story of the dozens of men who threw in their lot with him – many of whom nearly died in the unimaginably harsh conditions of the journey.

It’s an astonishing feat – and was unprecedented at the time – that all the men in the expedition survived. Shackleton’s expedition marked the end of a period of romantic exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and this is as much a book about the encroaching modern world as it is about travel.

But Nick Bertozzi has documented this remarkable journey with such wit and fiendish attention to detail that it’s impossible not to get caught up in the drama of the voyage. Shackleton is a phenomenal accompaniment to Bertozzi’s earlier graphic novel about great explorers, Lewis & Clark.

10. Magellan: Over the Edge of the World: Over the Edge of the World

Author: by Laurence Bergreen
Roaring Brook Press
224 pages

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A middle-grade adaptation of Laurence Bergreen’s adult bestseller, about Magellan’s historic voyage around the globe. On September 6, 1522, a horribly battered ship manned by eighteen malnourished, scurvy-ridden sailors appeared on the horizon near a Spanish port. They were survivors of the first European expedition to circle the globe.

Originally comprised of five ships and 260 sailors, the fleet’s captain and most of its crew were dead. How did Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to circle the worldone of the largest and best-equipped expeditions ever mountedturn into this ghost ship? The answer is provided in this thoroughly researched tale of mutiny and murder spanning the entire globe, marked equally by triumph and tragedy.

Thrilling, grisly, and completely true, Magellan: Over the Edge of the World tells a story that not only marks a turning point in history, but also resonates powerfully with the present.

11. A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World's First National Park

Author: by Erin Peabody
192 pages

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The summer of 1871, a team of thirty-two men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day’s most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched, and photographed the region’s breathtaking wondersfrom its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma.

At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development. They returned with stories of wonder hardly short of fairy tales, to quote the New York Times.

With the support of conservationists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Law Olmsted, and John Muir, the importance of a national park was secured. On March 1, 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone Park Bill into law. It set aside over two million acres of one-of-a-kind wilderness as a great national park for the benefit and enjoyment of people.

12. The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins

Author: by HP Newquist
160 pages

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Winner of the Magnolia Award HP Newquist takes young readers on an engaging tour of the world of blood, from ancient history to modern sciencewith an occasional trip to the very strange side of the most important tissue in our bodies.

Oddly enough, scientists began to understand this fascinating fluid only within the past one hundred years and how its microscopic components nourish the entire body. Whether the tales of vampires, medieval medical practices, and Mayan sacrificial rites captivate or terrify, this comprehensive investigation into blood’s past and present will surely enthrall.

And if this account is a little bloodcurdling, well, that’s half the fun!

13. Lewis & Clark

Author: by Nick Bertozzi
First Second
144 pages

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Two of America’s greatest explorers embark on the adventure that made their namesand sealed their fates. In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis, Missouri, for one of the greatest adventures this nation has ever known. Appointed and funded by President Jefferson himself, and led by a cadre of experts (including the famous Sacajawea), the expedition was considered a success almost before it had begun.

From the start, the journey was plagued with illness, bad luck, unfriendly Indians, Lewis’s chronic depression, and, to top it all, the shattering surprise of the towering Rocky Mountains and the continental divide. But despite crippling setbacks, overwhelming doubts, and the bare facts of geography itself, Lewis and Clark made it to the Pacific in 1806.

Nick Bertozzi brings the harrowingand, at times, hilariousjourney to vivid life on the pages of this oversized black-and-white graphic novel. With his passion for history and his knack for characterization, Bertozzi has made an intimate tale of a great American epic.