Excellence in Nonfiction 2015

Excellence in Nonfiction

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18).

Award Web Site: YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

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Author: Maya Van Wagenen
2015 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from a breakout teen author. Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.

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Author: Emily Arnold McCully
2015 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

Born in 1857 and raised in oil country, Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time. Her series of articles on the Standard Oil Trust, a complicated business empire run by John D. Rockefeller, revealed to readers the underhanded, even illegal practices that had led to Rockefeller's success. Rejecting the term muckraker to describe her profession, she went on to achieve remarkable prominence for a woman of her generation as a writer and shaper of public opinion. This biography offers an engrossing portrait of a trailblazer in a man's world who left her mark on the American consciousness

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Author: Shane Burcaw
2015 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

With acerbic wit & a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's YA memoir describes the challenges he faces as a 20-year-old with muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to trying to finding a girlfriend and everything in between.

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Author: Candace Fleming
2015 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

The award-winning author of The Lincolns traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography.

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Author: Steve Sheinkin
2015 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor
Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.