"All space pioneer books are enthralling for someone looking for a good non fiction or biography. Note: there is a scene with a chimp where the F word is used but since the chimp is blasting into space it is supposed to suggest what he is thinking. Normally I don't like that word and kids (who does) but it is minor and the rest of the book is excellent."
"First in a trilogy of books based on the experiences of a country vet in Great Britain. This is a big, densely written book. I think I first read it as a reader's digest condensed book, but it is a little forgotten and any animal And word loving child will enjoy it."
"As a child I loved the rich detail about life with the perfect pet, a baby raccoon. As an adult I reread it with pleasure and enjoyed the immersion in a bygone time. The setting and escape that this book provides is tremendous. Great writing. I consider this book and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat as a pair. Great choices for the budding naturalist child."
"This true tale of a plane crash was a huge hit in my middle school. The adventure was gripping and the incidence of cannibalism made this book irresistible...If you want to continue the morbid miserable streak, look up The Donner Party on Wikipedia"
"Many versions abound about Shackleton's far south expedition. Read this one first and be sure to look up Frank Hurley's incredible black and white photos. Possibly the best book I ever read and I am not alone in that opinion."
"The book that invented the true crime genre. I also like The Stranger Beside me by Ann Rule and Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. These books are graphic and violent. I remember loving these morbid books because like most kids, it was unreal to me."
"Another super satisfying thriller because of all the glorious technical detail...my dad passed me this book when it came out, I can still remember his hardcover with the Naval Institute Press imprint."
"More man against nature. Another good one is Isaac's storm by Erik Larson about the Galveston Hurricane... If you still like that genre a book a high schooler might tackle is Johnstown by David McCullough. And I loved Into the Wild by Kraukauer."
"I remember visiting my cousins in the summer and reading their books. I had a summer or two where I read just Stephen King. Cujo, Christine, Firestarter, Carrie, Pet Sematary, Dead Zone. King uses graphic language but he is an amazing storyteller."
"I love Gaiman as a writer, as a blogger, as a tastemaker, a proponent of the arts. I love this book, the Sandman series is brilliant..next on my list by Gaiman is Stardust. His children's book Blueberry Girl is on YouTube. check that out too, and don't forget to read his blog."
"I could not put this book down. I was totally sucked in. When i came up for air after I obsessively read the trilogy, I thought I don't think I will reread this series but what a ride the first time around..."