Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales are a HUGE hit!
With me, at any rate!
But due to a combination of My Inability To Shut Up About Books That Have Me Excited and the General Awesomosity of The Series, I have no doubt that they'll pick up steam quickly.
Actually, it's already begun: I got babbly about Donner Dinner Party yesterday, so an adult patron snatched it right out of my hand, read the entire thing while enjoying the library's sweet, sweet air conditioning, and liked it so much that he told me to hold the others for him when they came back in.
AND THEN, this happened, post-Exploding Art:
Me, to reluctant high school reader: Ooo! Ooo! I read this one last night! *waves Donner Dinner Party around* Are you familiar with the Donner Party?
RHSR: *shakes his head while looking at me like the crazy person that I am*
Me: They were a group of pioneers who got stuck in the mountains on their way to California and then, SPOILER (<--I caught his sister snickering at this point and all three of us had a Very Smirky Moment), they had to resort to CANNIBALISM to survive! *flips pages to show off format* It's geared a bit younger than your age bracket—and mine!—but I looooooooved it.
The Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guides have also been circulating extremely well. So recommendations for other recent, high-interest children's nonfiction would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.