I’m not too proud to say that I’ve never quite understood territories. Puerto Rico, for instance, it’s the US, but only kinda? Why aren’t these places states? Doug Mack also wondered about that and took some research trips/paid vacations? To these territories as an average American to figure it out for us. This isn't really YA, but it is completely appropriate for high school students.
By the way, I’m available to travel to any sunny island if any publishers would like to foot the bill for me to “research” some book.
This book takes you from the mainland US to BMVI to American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. I had to check maps several times while reading to tell exactly where he was. More of a history book by a hair than a travelogue, I finally understand how we got to “own” these far-flung countries and why. The tone is similar to Bill Bryson which explains why I like it so much. I’m adding this one to the TBR pile that I’ve got going for my high school student.