2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults finalists

The Young Adult Library Services Association, YALSA, announced their five book selections as finalists for the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. This award honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2011. Among these young adult nominations, there are a few that tweens might enjoy as well. I wanted to highlight these for you if you’re looking for a great YA nonfiction!

“Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)” written by Sue Macy, published by National Geographic Children’s Books.

For ages 10 and up.

Amazon.com description, “Take a lively look at women’s history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women’s liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives. Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence on fashion, and impact on social change inspired by the bicycle, which, according to Susan B. Anthony, ‘”has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.'”

“The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery”by Steve Sheinken. For ages 11 and up.  “Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale. The Notorious Benedict Arnold is the winner of the 2011 Boston Globe – Horn Book Award for Nonfiction.”- Amazon.com Description

And lastly,

“Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein” by Susan Goldman Rubin, published by Charlesbridge.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.  An inspiring biography of the musically driven Leonard Bernstein.  Click on the link above for more details!

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