All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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A video interview with

Marc Aronson

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Bio

Marc Aronson is an author, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian who believes that young people, especially pre-teens and teenagers, are smart, passionate, and capable of engaging with interesting ideas in interesting ways. He has written history and biography nonfiction books for children and young adults, as well as nonfiction books for adults about teenage readers. He has become a strong voice for the role of high-quality nonfiction in support of the Common Core State Standards.

Aronson has written about larger-than-life contemporary figures such as J. Edgar Hoover and Robert F. Kennedy, as well as compelling historical figures like Oliver Cromwell and Sir Walter Raleigh. He has also researched and written sweeping in-depth books about the history and impact of the sugar trade, the cultural history of the avant-garde from 19th century Paris to today, the Salem witch trials, and a global history of race and relations.

In all of his work, Aronson’s mission is to inspire young people to ask questions, and to look deeply inside the stories the world brings us. He encourages kids to see themselves as detectives, examining the clues history has left behind, or as reporters, telling the truth about the modern world. Aronson says, "All of my books start with questions, and I hope they prompt readers to ask questions of their own."

Aronson also visits schools where he talks with teens about history and the arts, and leads workshops for teachers, librarians, and parents on topics such as how to get boys to read (he’s a supporter of the Guys Read project).

Aronson has a Ph.D. in American history from NYU. He lives with his wife, the author Marina Budhos, and two sons in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Marc Aronson official website >

Selected Books

from Marc Aronson


Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

Age Level: 9-12

The search for the man who beat a steam engine unfolds in words and pictures. The mystery in history is sure to intrigue readers.

Buy Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry


How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush: An Adventurer's Guide to the Fabulous Riches Discovered in 1848

Age Level: 9-12

A fictionalized journal of a prospector brings the Gold Rush to life for readers. Fact and fiction are clearly differentiated while enlivening the history.

Buy How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush: An Adventurer's Guide to the Fabulous Riches Discovered in 1848


How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail

Age Level: 9-12

Another fictionalized account which brings to life westward expansion. As with ...California Gold Rush, fact is made distinct from fiction.

Buy How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail


If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

Age Level: 9-12

No matter how much is known, there's always more to learn. In a fascinating re-examination of Stonehenge and recent discoveries, readers are introduced to new interpretations and thinking.

Buy If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge


The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World

Age Level: 9-12

The world was changed forever in 1492. The impact of explorers and exploration is examined and placed in a broader context with complete documentation and resources noted.

Buy The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World


Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies

Age Level: Teen

This comprehensive look at the Hoover and how he shaped the FBI necessarily examines the United States and its history including the Cold War, communism, and race relations.

Buy Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies


The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins

Age Level: 9-12

In 2008, Lee Berger and his 9-year old son discovered two well preserved fossils, ancestors of modern man. The process as much as the ripples the discovery created remind readers that information is dynamic.

Buy The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins


Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

Age Level: 9-12

How 33 Chilean miners were rescued from a copper mine dominated the media in 2010. It is recounted here using primary sources, scientific explanations, and a riveting narrative.

Buy Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert


War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War

Age Level: Teen

One editor is antiwar; the other contends that war is inevitable. Together they collect and present a range of stories from blog posts to poetry from those who have been in war in this realistic and often heart-wrenching compendium.

Buy War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War