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).

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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: Kenneth C. Davis
2017 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people who were considered the property of some of our best-known presidents.

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Author: Karen Blumenthal
2017 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

. Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal gives us a sharp and intimate look at the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, American politics, and what the future holds in store. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, this is the must-have biography on a woman who has always known her public responsibility, who continues to push boundaries, and who isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

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Author: Pamela S. Turner
2017 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga.

This epic warrior tale reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.

When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai. When the time came for the Minamoto clan to rise up against their enemies, Yoshitsune answered the call. His daring feats and impossible bravery earned him immortality.

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Author: Linda Barrett Osborne
2017 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

Explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups have evolved throughout U.S. history, from 1800 to today.

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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.