New Non-Fiction

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us

During her unparalleled fifty-year history, Barbie has been the doll that some people loveÑand some people love to hate. There's no question she's influenced generations, but to what end? Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and at the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring passionate anecdotes and memories from a range of girls and women, a foreword by Meg Cabot, and original color photographs, this book explores the Barbie phenomenon in a brand-new light.

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story—told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel—is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven.


Janis Joplin includes more than sixty photographs, and an assortment of anecdotes from Janis’s friends and band mates. This thoroughly researched and well-illustrated biography is a must-have for all young artists, music lovers, and pop-culture enthusiasts.

Hot X: Algebra Exposed

In her two bestselling books, Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace middle school math-and actually feel cool while doing it!

Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, Hot X: Algebra Exposed tackles algebra: the most feared of all math classes and the most common roadblock to high school graduation. McKellar instantly puts her readers at ease, showing teenage girls-and anyone taking algebra-how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master topics like square roots, polynomials, quadratic equations, word problems and more . . . without breaking a sweat (or a nail).

Danica provides illuminating, step-by-step math lessons combined with reader favorites like personality quizzes, popular doodles, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life, so girls feel like she's sitting right next to them. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to higher grades and higher test scores. Now, with Hot X: Algebra Exposed, the scary veil of algebra is finally lifted, making it understandable, relevant and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.

Teen Cuisine

Gourmet recipes for first-time teen cooks.

Deadly Perils: and How to Avoid Them

Ever wonder about all the strange and crazy ways you could die?  Apparently Tracey Turner does.  Divided up into sections for Animal Attacks, Menaces From the Deep, Perilous Weather, and more, Deadly Perils has something for everyone. . . .Want to know the likelihood that you’ll get struck by lightning?  Wish you knew how to escape from the clutches of a giant squid?  What’s the deal with meteorites?  Deadly Perils is perfect for anyone with a morbid sense of curiosity!

Skin: the Bare Facts

Our skin is one of our most important layers. It shows everything. Dirt, stress, sunburns, wrinkles, dimples, shaving irritation, allergies and (let's not forget) the horror of acne. It's the one organ that lives on the outside of the body, and it takes the brunt of all of our actions. It's there to protect us, and also, at times, to give us major headaches. Inside girls will learn: scientific facts about skin what their skin types are how to deal with zits best shaving and makeup practices how to give oneself a facial how to avoid cancer Plus: At-home spa treatments and makeup recipes.

Wii Game Creation for Teens

Want to create your own Wii games that you can share with your friends and the world? "Wii Game Creationg for Teens" is a step-by-step guide for beginners who want to start making their very own Nintendo Wii games and animations. Using Adobe Flash ActionScript 2.0 and WiiCade, you will learn to create simple games and animations for Wii, and all you need is a computer, Internet access, and this book!

The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History

Do you know America? No, I mean, do you REALLY know America? Would you recognize John Adams in a lineup? Can you identify any presidents between Lincoln and Roosevelt?

Hmmm. I thought so.

Well, you really need this book.

Not only will it improve your sorry historical knowledge, it will crack you up, and give you material to throw your teachers off-balance for entire class periods. Identify their lies! Point out their half-truths! And possibly, just possibly, gain some extra credit for yourself.

130 Projects to Get You into Filmmaking

Brand new in Barron’s Aspire Series for students of various arts, this book offers expert guidance in the principles, practice, and techniques of filmmaking. Author and filmmaker Elliot Grove introduces students to the craft of making movies by explaining simple techniques and advising on use of readily available, low-budget equipment and software. He devotes special attention to--

  • The Lingo: film industry vocabulary and money-raising techniques
  • Getting Organized: necessary equipment and how to get it
  • The Shoot: cameras, lighting, sound, storyboards, and more
  • Looking Good: makeup, stunts, special effects, and more
  • Post Production: the editor’s role, and much more

    Additional chapters describe the role of directors and advise students on how to publicize, market, and distribute a film, how to choose a formal film course, and how to turn film training into a professional career. More than 250 color photos and illustrations.

  • The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You

    AS an ob-gyn specialing in adolescent care, Dr. Jennifer Ashton understands better than anyone that being a teenage girl these days is fraught with a special kind of angst. But in her practice she talks openly and nonjudgementally to her young patients like a good friend, answering each of their questions respectfully and with candor. Now she shartes this advice in a no-holds-barred guidebook, based on her passion to cut through the embarrassment that girls often feel about their changing bodies and to arm them with the knowledge they need to make smart choices. A comprehensive guide from head to toe, The Body Scoop for Girls covers the basics of puberty and beyond, including:

    •Breast development and nipple bumps

    •The decision to wait to have sex, and the benefits of waiting

    •Birth control

    •The lowdown on STIs

    •Eating Disorders

    •Depression and hormone imbalances

    •Grooming, from hair removal to hygiene products

    •Body piercings

    The Other Side: A Teen's Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal

    It used to be you needed a crystal, a psychic, or a Oijia board to make contact with the spirit world. So who would think science would make it possible for just about anyone to experience a ghostly connection? Cameras, recorders, computers, magnetic field readers and other scientific means are now the tools of the trade. But there’s so much available, how does the average teen weed through it all to create the best possible ghost hunting team? Here to help sort it all out are three of today’s leading investigators of the field.

    Together, Patrick Burns, Dave Schrader, and Marley Gibson have more than ten years of experience. They’ve put together this guide to impart their knowledge and wisdom on to the next generation of ghost hunters.

    What’s included:

    How to set up a ghost hunting team The equipment needed and how to use it Where to look for spirits Safety, safety, and more safety

    Ghost hunting is equal parts science and belief. Patrick, Dave, and Marley are here to help with science part.

    Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence

    Do You Know Someone with a Secret?  

    This book is for every girl with a secret, which pretty much means every one. Our secrets help us, hurt us, and sometimes even haunt us beyond high school. Secrets like:

    I hate the way I look.
    My boyfriend yells at me.
    I'm cheating my way through chemistry.
    I lost my virginity and regret it.
    I sent a text message about my friend that wasn't true.
    I went to a party and didn't tell my parents.
    My mom drinks too much.

    By revealing the personal stories, struggles, and secrets of other teen girls, Carrie Silver-Stock shows how to deal with everyday stresses by being self-reliant, not silent, and how to get real about what matters. With tips and advice for teens and by teens, you'll learn how to:

    • Navigate the ups and downs of dating
    • Make and keep good friends
    • Deal with school (the social scene and grades)
    • Handle family drama
    • Survive the cyber scene
    • And more .

    Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends)

    Classic movies have influenced everything: your favorite TV shows, jokes, and even song lyrics. But if you don't know what comes from where, you are in the pop culture dark. Reel Culture is the quintessential cinematic cheat sheet.

    CosmoGIRL 250 Things You Can Do to Green the World

    Today’s teenagers want to make a difference…and they can. Simply by following the 250 fabulous tips in this ultra-portable guide, they’ll instantly become environmental defenders. It presents unique, teen-friendly ideas that girls can really get excited about—and do:

    - Recycle Styrofoam packing peanuts into beanbag stuffing

    - Send a Facebook friend a lil’ green plant (free!) and have real dollars donated to   rainforest preservation

    - Plot out their ecological footprint

    The tips are organized into nine chapters, spanning topics from fashion to school to activism. Special sections include an Eco-Pedia and an extensive resource listing. With essential yet simple advice, plus color photos and fun quizzes to take, this guide is the book for every girl who wants to protect, preserve, and change the world. 

    Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual

    This is the definitive guide to pranking and mayhem. Written in the style of a training manual, but with hilarious illustrations, this book is broken up into five sections. The “Basics” shows kids how to find a pranking partner and how to pull simple pranks like making crank calls. “Prank Moves” explains how to pull pranks at places like home, school, or camp. “Do-It-Yourself” demonstrates things like putting a real worm inside an ice cube. “Experts Only” covers such advanced pranks as how to fake an alien landing. And “Recipes” gives step-by-step instructions on how to bake tuna cookies.

    My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic

    Anxiety can make everything seem unmanageable - from dealing with family and friends to managing schoolwork and extracurricular activities. It's been estimated that between nine and 15 million teens in the United States suffer from phobias, panic attacks, or extreme worry or anxiety. That's a lot of teens! "My Anxious Mind" helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing cognitive - behavioral strategies to tackle anxiety head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process. "My Anxious Mind" also offers ways for teens with anxiety to improve their inter-personal skills, whether it be with friends, family, or teachers; manage stress; handle panic attacks; use diet and exercise appropriately; and decide whether medication is right for them.

    The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook

    What does it mean to be Muslim in America? Ask ten different people and you'll probably receive ten different answers. Islam is as dynamic as it is misunderstood, and has been in a state of constant change and development for almost fourteen hundred years. So how can you reconcile being a teenager in America with being a Muslim? It's not as difficult as you might think!

    Written by teens for teens, The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook covers everything from basic Islamic history and reading the Quran to addressing the issues of drinking and dating, and also includes thoughts and opinions from Muslim teenagers across the country. Positive, informative, and honest, here is the indispensable primer -- for Muslims and non-Muslims alike -- for learning about and finding a place in Islamic American culture today.

    Click: The Ultimate Photography Guide for Generation Now

    Teens love to take pictures of their friends, their families, their dogs, their noses . . . now they can get serious with Click,the first how-to photography book written by teens for teens. The author is eighteen-year-old Charlie Styr, assisted by writer and photography editor Maria Wakem, and the book is illustrated with more than 150 photos taken by teen photographers around the world. After discovering basic equipment, composition, and lighting, readers explore 27 high-interest techniques, from portraits to action, macro, shooting at night, special effects, and more, with Styr’s clear how-to advice plus sample photos by teens. Tips from new and established pros, including industry veteran Art Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize winner Vincent Laforet, National Geographic photographer David McLain, and celebrity photographer Chris Buck, bring great photographs totally within reach. Ready? Set? Click!

    Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs

    Make It Fresh. Make It Fast. Make It Awesome.

    Renowned chef Rozanne Gold has assembled an All-Star Team of teen chefs—kids who love to cook and love to eat good food—to create more than eighty mouth-watering recipes, attuned to the seasons, refined for the kinds of food teens want to eat. With plenty of snacks, smoothies, school lunches, burgers, fabulous pizza, desserts, and more, each delicious bite is made with the freshest, best-for-you ingredients you can find. Fully illustrated with photos of this cooking team in action, here is a cookbook no aspiring chef will want to miss.

    Episodes: My Life As I See It

    EPISODES is a memoir like no other. Debut writer, Blaze Ginsberg, offers a unique perspective on his life as a highly-functioning autistic 21 year old. Inspired by the format of the Internet Movie Database, Blaze organizes his life events as a collection of episodes. Some episodes are still running, some are in syndication, and some have sadly come to an end.

    I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure

    One life. Six words. What's yours?

    True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled Not Quite What I Was Planning, the New York Times bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series—and an international phenomenon. Some of the most compelling were by teens, so now SMITH Magazine has compiled a book written entirely by these bold, brash truth-tellers. From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell.

    Met online; love before first sight.

    Hair's pink to piss you off.

    I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today.

    I'm seventeen, engaged, and not pregnant.

    My mom had my boyfriend deported.

    Late for school every single day.

    According to Facebook, we broke up.

    College Vegetarian Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends

    Sisters and coauthors Megan (the longtime vegetarian) and Jill (the skeptical carnivore) go veggie in this latest addition to their popular cookbook series written for hungry, on-a-budget, and kitchen-shy teens and young adults. Chapters include Survival Cooking, Cheap Eats, Avoiding the Freshman 15, Just Like Mom Makes, Food for the Masses, Cooking for One, Party Food, Impressing Your Date, and Desserts. The book contains more than 90 appealing and accessible recipes such as Pasta Primavera, Enchiladas, Spanikopita, Maki Rolls, and Vegan Chocolate Cake. Tips for vegan substitutions for many recipes and 50 sidebars featuring food trivia and handy factoids complete the book.