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YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist

YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults has released it’s shortlist!

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YALSA’s the Hub has the list of titles, with the official annotations. Here is the list, with my comments:

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi written by Neal Bascomb, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Placed on hold at the local library.

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design written by Chip Kidd, published by Workman Publishing Company. Placed on hold at the local library.

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II written by Martin W. Sandler, published by Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc. Not at the local library.

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers written by Tanya Lee Stone, published by Candlewick Press. Placed on hold at the local library. Placed on hold at the local library.

The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy written by James L. Swanson, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Placed on hold at the local library.

As you can see, I’ve read none of titles, and only 4 are at my local library.

I’ve got some work to do before the winner is announced at the Youth Media Awards at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting on January 27.

More on the Award is at the YALSA website.

YALSA is doing a Morris/NF Reading Challenge — I usually try to read all the nominated titles so will be participating in this.

A big thank you to the members of the 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults award committee: Chair Jamison Hedin, Ludlow (Mass.) High School; Kathy M. Burnette, Discovery Middle School, Granger, Ind.; Molly M. Collins, Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library; Maria E. Gentle, Arlington (Va.) Public Library; Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston; Sarah Holtkamp, Chicago Public Library; Sherry L. Rampey, First Baptist Church of Gaston (S.C.); Scott Robins, Toronto Public Library, Ontario, Canada; and Patti Tjomsland, Bureau of Education and Research (BER) Longview, Wash; and Gillian Engberg, Booklist Consultant, Chicago, Ill

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About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is lizzy.burns@gmail.com.

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  1. [...] Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named five books as finalists for the 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2012 and Oct. 31, [...]

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