125 Wacky Roadside Attractions
(Teen Nonfiction) - Going on a road trip? See the silly side of travel as you explore the wackiest landmarks from around the world--a place where you can walk in real dinosaur tracks, a hotel where you sleep in an igloo, a crazy beard festival, a UFO museum, and so much more. You won't believe our world is full of so many bizarre and wonderful places!
The Big Trip
by Lonely Planet Publications
(Teen Nonfiction) - This comprehensive companion provides essential pretrip planning advice, regional overviews with maps and itineraries, and practical resources for finding work abroad. It guides and instructs readers on preparing for overseas travel, with information on volunteer organizations, job opportunities for international travelers, education courses, and foreign festivals..
Diary of a Tokyo Teen
by Christine Mari Inzer
(Teen Nonfiction) - Born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and an American father in 1997, Christine Mari Inzer spent her early years in Japan and relocated to the United States in 2003. The summer before she turned sixteen, she returned to Tokyo, making a solo journey to get reacquainted with her birthplace. Through illustrations, photos, and musings, Inzer documented her journey. In Diary of a Tokyo Teen, Inzer explores the cutting-edge fashions of Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district, eats the best sushi of her life at the renowned Tsukiji fish market, and hunts down geisha in the ancient city of Kyoto. As she shares the trials and pleasures of travel from one end of a trip to the other, Inzer introduces the host of interesting characters she meets and offers a unique -- and often hilarious -- look at a fascinating country and an engaging tale of one girl rediscovering her roots.
A Geek in China
by Matthew B. Christensen
(Teen Nonfiction) - Every year, millions of foreigners flock to China, only to find themselves overwhelmed by the complexities of the world's largest and fastest moving culture. China expert and blogger Matthew B. Christensen created this invaluable guide to help visitors and armchair travelers see past the exotic, and often erroneous, stereotypes to better understand the China of today.
A Geek in Japan
by Hector Garcia
(Teen Nonfiction) - For every fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, smart and concise guide to the land that is their source.
Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan. Designed to appeal to the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and video games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the Internet age.
Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Japanese, debunking myths about them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so fond of robots, author Hector Garcia has created the perfect book for the growing ranks of Japanophiles in this inspired, insightful and highly informative guide.
by Casey Scieszka
(Teen Nonfiction) - Casey and Steven met in Morocco, moved to China then went all the way to Timbuktu. This illustrated travel memoir tells the story of their first two years out of college spent teaching English, making friends across language barriers, researching, painting, and learning to be themselves wherever they are.