The 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalists are:
- “Laughing at My Nightmare” written by Shane Burcaw, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group;
- “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia” written by Candace Fleming, and published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books;
- “Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won!” written by Emily Arnold McCully, and Published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
- “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights” written by Steve Sheinkin, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan’ Children’s Publishing Group;
- “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek” written by Maya Van Wagenen, and published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
I have read The Family Romanov and The Port Chicago 50, both are very good. I hope, between those two, that Romanov wins because it is clearly written for a bit older audience. I am so tired of all the good nonfiction written for youth being directed toward middle grade students. High school students deserve quality nonfiction, too! I haven't read the other three books but want to pick up Laughing at My Nightmare, a decision based solely on the cover.
Have you read any of these nonfiction books? What are your thoughts about nonfiction and teens?