Neil Bascomb has written a non-fiction exploration of the tracking of Adolf Eichmann that reads like a suspense novel. I read this without a break, even though I knew the outcome! This is an adaptation of Bascomb's earlier book for adults, Hunting Eichmann, and the shorter length only seems to tighten the suspense. Taking place 15 years after the end of World War II, Israeli secret service agents track Eichmann down and plan a daring capture in Argentina, where he lives with his family. The details on how Eichmann was captured and removed from Argentina without any knowledge or support from the Argentine government are fascinating. Many of our students read either Number the Stars or The Devil's Arithmetic in 6th grade. Most of them have little familiarity with the Holocaust, and will come to the library for more books. Bascomb's book takes place well after the war is over, and introduces (to many of them) the idea of what Israel meant to many Jews then. I recommend this to students looking for more information about the Holocaust, but also to students who like to read suspense or adventure books. A real life Alex Rider, if you will, with a much deeper moral lesson. It's also a great book to share with teachers as an example of the well-written non-fiction that's being published for middle and high school students!
The Nazi Hunters
@greggr, I was thinking of the parents who brag that they are so busy, they no longer have time to read (and yes, sadly, I work with some of them.) I think a club like this might get them to realize that not only is middle school nonfiction well-written, it's usually shorter than books for adults, so they can finish it in a few days. Their kids will see them reading, and hopefully, read more, so it's a win for everyone. And if I did start a club like this, there would always be cupcakes! What more can you ask?
@LibraryLady A parent-child book club--now that's an idea! Some parents like myself (and I have a feeling, you) take the time to do this kind of reading with their children, but having a dedicated program like that would do such wonders to help kids get reading non-fiction like their parents, and even help them progress into the adult version as they grow older.
@timeturnerjones, if I had time, I would make a parent-child book club, to read books like this. A lot of the teachers at my school have read some of the non-fiction books I'm adding to this collection, and they always comment on how well-written and interesting they are.