Excellence in Nonfiction Winner

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: Don Brown
2019 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

Unwanted by their own country, unwanted by other countries, Syria’s refugees are between a rock and a hard place. Staying in Syria is far too dangerous – violence is constant and pervasive. Leaving Syria is fraught with peril - crossing the desert, falling victim to con artist smugglers, and fatal journeys by boat.

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Author: Deborah Heiligman
2018 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

The bond between brothers was never stronger. Drawing on their lifelong correspondence, Heiligman plumbs their journey from an ascetic upbringing in a Protestant parsonage to the auction houses of Europe as Theo develops business acumen, all the while supporting volatile Vincent’s groundbreaking artistic endeavors both materially and emotionally. Their devotion to each other was so profound that there could have been no Vincent van Gogh without Theo. 

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Author: John Lewis
2017 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

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Author: Steve Sheinkin
2016 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner
The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War
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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: Neal Bascomb
2014 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.

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Author: Steve Sheinkin
2013 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

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Author: Steve Sheinkin
2012 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner
An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.
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Author: Ann Angel
2011 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock history. Her story is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer.