Non-Fiction: The Pregnancy Project


Bibliographical Information:

Title- The Pregnancy Project

Author- Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer

ISBN- 1442446226

Publisher- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Copyright- 2012

Genre(s): Non-Fiction, YA, Memoir

Interest Age: 15 and up

Reader’s Annotation: Gaby Rodriguez writes about her senior project, in which she faked a pregnancy, and learns more about life, love, and the stuff in between.

Plot Summary:

Gaby Rodriguez has been around teen mom’s her whole life. Her mom was a teen mom, her sister, and even her brothers became fathers as teens. As a latina in a lower class area, it was expected Gaby would be the next in line. But Gaby had higher hopes and dreams, but she found herself in need of a senior year project. She decided to see the effects regular teen moms must go through, so she decided to fake a pregnancy for 6 months to see what teen moms go through. Gaby faces judgement, and learns from her experience that there is always more than meets the eye in any situation.

Critical Evaluation:

I enjoyed this book. I’m not usually a reader of non-fiction but I really felt like I walked away from this book having learned about others and myself. We all deal with rumors in high school, but there is nothing like becoming pregnant as a teen, and no one really know’s that experience unless they were a teen mom. Gaby takes this brave step to figure out how to help those in these situations.

Author Bio/Information:

“Gaby Rodriguez was repeatedly told she would end up a teen mom like her mother. As a high school project, she faked her own pregnancy to find out how her community would react. What she learned changed her life, and made international headlines in the process” (“Gaby Rodriguez”, n.d.).

Ties to Curriculum Units: Social relationships

Booktalking Ideas:

Would you choose to do a project like this?

What do you think YOU learned form Gaby’s project?

Challenging Issues:

I do see some issues coming up with the topic of teen pregnancy and sex, but I will explain that the purpose of the book is to educate teens on the realities of teen pregnancy not promote it.


Gaby Rodriguez. (n.d.) Goodreads. Retrieved from


Non-Fiction Novel: Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart


Bibliographical Information:

Title- Amelia Lost: The Life and Disapperance of Amelia Earhart

Author- Candace Fleming

ISBN- 0375841989

Publisher- Schwartz & Wade

Copyright- 2011

Genre(s): YA, Biography, Non-Fiction

Interest Age: 14 and up

Reader’s Annotation: Follow the life of Amelia Earhart with pictures, maps, and notes from Amelia.

Plot Summary:

This is a telling of Amelia’s life and even a behind the scenes look into personal relationships. It goes back and forth between when she was “lost” and her life before. A lot of little facts bring together this biography on the famous pilot’s life. Including pictures and quotes we get the closest look into Amelia Earhart’s life that is available.

Critical Evaluation:

I really liked reading this book. I learned a lot about Amelia I had never known before. All I knew before reading this book was that she was famous, a pilot and that she had gone missing. Fleming doesn’t let her personal views on Amelia into the story and fills us with facts in a way appropriate for all age groups to read.

Author Bio/Information:

“I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale… After graduation, I got married and had children. I read to them a lot, and that’s when I discovered the joy and music of children’s books. I simply couldn’t get enough of them. With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library. I read stacks of books. I found myself begging, “Just one more, pleeeeease!” while my boys begged for lights-out and sleep. Then it struck me. Why not write children’s books? It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved: stories, musical language, history, and reading. I couldn’t wait to get started” (“Biography”, n.d.).

Booktalking Ideas:

What do you know about Amelia Earhart?

What do you think happened to Amelia?

Ties to Curriculum Units: History

Challenging Issues: None