Sunday, December 8, 2013

Nonfiction Finalists!

The YALSA award that is closest to my heart is the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. We covered some of our favorite winners and finalists here, and last year's winner here.

Here is this year's short list:


The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. After WWII, Adolf Eichmann successfully hid for many years under a new identity, until a team of agents and survivors found him.

Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd. Part history of design, part how-to guide, Kidd asks the reader to critically look at the design around them.

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II by Martin W. Sandler. After Pearl Harbor, Americans feared Japanese-Americans, so the government made them leave their homes and live in internment camps.


Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone. Even the mass mobilazation of WWII wasn't enough to end segregation and America's racial barriers. Despite the need for a huge military force, many believed that African Americans couldn't do what white soldiers could. The Triple Nickles, were the first black paratroopers,and helped prove these attitudes incorrect.

"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson. Starting with a brief look at Kennedy's life and presidency, this book focuses on the days right before and after Kennedy's assassination.

What are you hoping will win? Which books were you hoping to see make the finals?

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