One of my favorite nonfiction authors is Jim Murphy. He's wriiten books about the great Chicago fire, the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, and the Vietnam war. His writing is approachable, but he's well-researched and thorough.
Good luck with the project.
Thank you so much!! I'll be looking into his books!!
Hi! It's probably too late now to reply to this post. Wish I'd seen it earlier.
Non-fiction only? Do you also want some fiction suggestions?
Here are some Non-fiction suggestions. My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell (Humorous autobiography of the zookeeper's childhood)The Diary of Anne FrankBlack Like Me by John Howard Griffin (Amazing true story about racism that more people should know about)To Sir With Love by E. R. Braithwaite (autobiographical deals with racism, inner city schools, but is an old book)The Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle (Fictional, but based on real events)One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (About life in Soviet Gulags by an author who experienced it)Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (intended audience may be too young for your project, or this might be perfect for lower level readers in your grouping?)Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong
I, too, am reply rather late for your project. However, I would like to recommend "Okay for Now" by Gary D. Schmidt--a young adult fiction that has a lot of information about Audubon as the young man in the story learns about his paintings.
Science Fair by Dave Barry for those who don't necessarily want the YA titles.Also my 5-8ths like sports authors Carl Deuker, Mike Lupica, and Tim Green.
Hello ~ I have been either a teacher or a librarian for 26 years. I have worked with all age levels from preschool to high school. Below are some titles you might want to consider. I have read them all and feel they would be great additions to your list for grades 5 to 8 -- which is a tricky list to make since 8th graders do not want to feel "babied" but at the same time you do not want anything too mature for the 5th graders . . . I think the books below hit that "middle spot."
The London Eye Mystery by DowdThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by KellyThe Cryptic Hunters by Roland SmithThe Mysterious Benedict Society by StewartThe Mysterious Howling by WoodThe Red Umbrella by GonzalezThe Unwanteds by McMannA Monster Calls by NessThe Grimm Legacy by Shulman