YALSA announces 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults finalists

American Library Association

[Press Release] CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2011 and Oct. 31, 2012. YALSA will name the 2013 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 28, in Seattle during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.
The 2013 finalists are:

  • “Titanic: Voices from the Disaster” written by Deborah Hopkinson, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.
  • “Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” written by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
  • “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95” written by Phillip Hoose, published by Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan children’s Publishing Group.
  • “Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different” a biography by Karen Blumenthal, published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
  • “We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March” written by Cynthia Levinson, published by Peachtree Publishers.

“Our five finalists represent the wonderfully burgeoning field of nonfiction written for young adults,” said Angela Frederick, chair of YALSA’s Excellence in Nonfiction Award committee. “Our committee chose these books based on their well-crafted stories, thorough research and appeal to teens.”

Annotations and more information on the finalists and the award can be found on the YALSA website. YALSA sells finalist seals to librarians and publishers to place on books at www.alastore.ala.org. YALSA will host a reception honoring the finalist authors and the winner, as well as YALSA’s Morris Award winner and finalists, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 28, in room 606 of the Washington State Convention Center.

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