Finalists for YA Nonfiction Announced

December is here and, in the library world, that means the beginning of the American Library Association’s award season.

Last week, the Young Adult Library Services Association announced this year’s finalists for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. To qualify for this award the book must be a work of non-fiction and published specifically for young adults (aka ages 12-18) between November 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010. The five nominated titles were:

Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel; They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers; The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul Janeczko; and Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw.

All five titles are available through OhioLink and some are in process in the Curriculum Resource Center, so keep your eyes peeled!

The winner of the award will be announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in January. For more about the award and this year’s nominated books, or to see previous winners and honor books, go to the YALSA website.

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