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Themed Booklists

Science and Technology

A YALSA committee of librarians selected these books to open doors on new worlds, exciting ideas, eccentric personalities, unfamiliar cultures, and distant time periods. Use it to broaden students’ horizons as they prepare for college entrance exams and courses.

Lost Discoveries

Lost Discoveries

Dick Teresi
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2002
Electron microscope image of genomes

The Genomics Age

Gina Smith
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2005

The Radioactive Boy Scout

Ken Silverstein
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2004
Hidden Face of God

Hidden Face of God

Gerald Schroeder
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2002
Stiff

Stiff

Mary Roach
Age Level:
YA
Published:
2003

The Wild Trees

Richard Preston
Age Level:
YA
close-up photo of red apple with leaves attached

The Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2001
Greasy Rider

Greasy Rider

Greg Melville
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2008
American Earth

American Earth

Bill McKibben
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2008

The Way We Work

David Macaulay
Age Level:
YA
Mosque

Mosque

David Macaulay
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2003
A Sand County Almanac

A Sand County Almanac

Aldo Leopold
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2001
Out of Orbit

Out of Orbit

Chris Jones
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2008

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Philip M. Hoose
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2004
The Big Necessity

The Big Necessity

Rose George
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2008

The Weather Makers

Tim Flannery
Age Level:
YA
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe

Katrina Firlik
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2007
Chocolate chip cookie with bite taken out

The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats

Joanne Chen
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2008
The Devil's Teeth

The Devil’s Teeth

Susan Casey
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2005
A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2004

Super Crunchers

Ian Ayers
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2008
God's Debris: a Thought Experiment

God’s Debris: a Thought Experiment

Scott Adams
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2001

Little Brother

Cory Doctorow
Age Level:
YA
Feed

Feed

M.T. Anderson
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Science fiction / Dystopian
Published:
2004
Theme:
Science and technology