Excellence in Nonfiction

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: 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: Margarita Engle
2016 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor
Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not.
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Author: Tim Grove
2016 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor
In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries--Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina--had the same goal, and so the quest became a race. Who would win
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Author: M.T. Anderson
2016 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor
An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.
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Author: Nancy Plain
2016 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor
Describes how the writer and naturalist set about recording in both word and image the birds of North America, and details the legacy his work has left behind.
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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.
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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: Tanya Lee Stone
2014 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.

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Author: Chip Kidd
2014 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

In this introduction to graphic design, an award-winning graphic designer details the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. The book is written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.

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Author: Martin Sandler
2014 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

Taking readers inside life in the Japanese-American internment camps created during World War II, this in-depth look at a troubling period of American history sheds light on the prejudices in today's world and provides the historical context now needed to prevent similar abuses of power.

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Author: James Swanson
2014 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

The bestselling author of Chasing Lincoln's Killer transports readers back to one of the most shocking events in American history. Swanson deploys his signature you are there style to tell the story of the JFK assassination as it has never been told before.