Excellence in Nonfiction Award

The Excellence in Nonfiction Award is an award for the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year.

 

most dangerous

2016
Steve Sheinkin. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
On June 13, 1971, the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests. Sheinkin tells how Daniel Ellsberg risked everything to expose the government's deceit.

popular bookjacket

2015
Maya Van Wagenen. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek ​
Documents a high school student's year-long attempt to change her social status from that of a misfit to a member of the "in" crowd by following advice in a 1950s popularity guide, an experiment that triggered embarrassment, humor and unexpected surprises. 

nazi hunters bookjacket

2014
Steve Bascomb​. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captures the World’s Most Notorious Nazi
Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.

2013
Steve Sheinkin. Bomb
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

2012

Steve Sheinkin.  The Notorious Benedict Arnold
An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.

2011
Ann Angel. Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story--told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel--is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It's the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it's the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven.

2010

Deborah Heiligman.  Charles and Emma:  The Darwins' Leap of Faith   
Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence.