Finalists for the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults 2013

17 Jan

Each year an award is given to honor a nonfiction book written for teens the year before. Check out the 2013 finalists below, and stay tuned for the winner to be posted near the end of January.

1. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by: Karen Blumenthal

Equally reviled and revered–often by the same people–Steve Jobs, the man who operated from his own “reality distortion field,” was an extraordinary “tweaker” who transcended the visionary to perfect the simple and transform the world as we know it. Blumenthal’s biography presents an intimate and fully dimensional portrait of a complex American icon and his enduring influence on the world of technology.

2. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by: Phillip Hoose

This book looks at the life of rufa red knots in general and B95, one long-lived and tough little bird in particular, and the worldwide efforts to understand and save this species of bird from extinction. Through maps, photos, and descriptions of his journey, the reader will fly with B95 from near the bottom of the world to the top and back again.

3. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by: Deborah Hopkinson

This history of the 1912 disaster reads like an action movie with cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. There is additional material ranging from the only surviving photos of the inside of the boat during its journey to diagrams and timelines and accounts of what happened to the survivors afterwards.

4. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by: Cynthia Levinson

Focusing on the experiences of four young people who were at the center of a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement, this is the story of 4,000 black children and teenagers who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963. In the end, the children succeeded where adults had failed, and one of the most racially violent cities in America was desegregated.

5. Bomb-The Race to Build-and Steal-The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by: Steve Sheinkin

This is about an international race to develop an atomic weapon and bring an end to World War II. This true-life spy thriller features an international cast of characters and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Includes period photographs of key players and an abundance of primary sources. Sheinkin gives you insight into what happened with all of the major players after the end of the war. A thought-provoking epilogue on the long term implications of atomic weaponry reminds readers that the results of scientific inquiry have long term implications for everyone.



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