I am a Cybils panelist for the Young Adult Nonfiction category this year, so I’d like to see lots of great books nominated in that category. The category is aimed at young adults, ages 13-18, who like to read the real stuff, the ones who only want to read it if it really, truly happened–or is happening.
“We are looking for the best of the best for nonfiction. We are seeking nominations for outstanding nonfiction that reads so much like a story, readers cannot believe it is nonfiction. Narrative nonfiction reads like story because the information is blended into a well written and meaningful text.”
Here are some possible nominees for the 2013 Cybils Young Adult Nonfiction category:
“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson. NOMINATED Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis. NOMINATED
Shanghai Escape (Holocaust Remembrance Series) by Kathy Kacer.
Gettysburg: The True Account of Two Young Heroes in the Greatest Battle of the Civil War By Iain C. Martin.
Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins, Editor.
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. NOMINATED Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II by Martin W. Sandler NOMINATED
Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent (Women of Action) by Pearl Witherington Cornioley.
Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation by Marfe Ferguson Delano. NOMINATED in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category.
The BrontÃ« Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef. Semicolon review here.
Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden.
Once Upon A Road Trip by Angela N. Blount.
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman.
Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure. NOMINATED in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category.
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Michael French.
Trafficked: My Story of Surviving, Escaping, and Transcending Abduction into Prostitution by Sophie Hayes.
This is Not a Writing Manual: Notes For the Young Writer in the Real World by Kerrie Majors 07/09/2013
For the Good of Mankind?: The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein.
Tillie Pierce Teen Eyewitness To The Battle of Gettysburg by Tanya Anderson.
Andrew Jenks: My Adventures As a Young Filmmaker by Andrew Jenks.
Helgaâ€™s Diary: A Young Girlâ€™s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss.
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson. NOMINATED
My American Revolution: A Modern Expedition Through History’s Forgotten Battlegrounds By Robert Sullivan.
A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City by Jonathan Schuppe.
Your Food Is Fooling You: How Your Brain Is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt NOMINATED
By David A. Kessler, MD.
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (True Stories) by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson. NOMINATED
Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve Historyâ€™s Mysteriesâ€¨ by Elizabeth MacLeod.
Holy Spokes!: A Biking Bible for Everyoneâ€¨ by Rob Coppolillo.
The Hatfields and the McCoys by Bruce Wexler.
I haven’t read, or even seen, all of these, but if you have read one and liked it, please take the time to nominate it—or another of your favorite young adult nonfiction books from 2013—at the Cybils website. A couple of these might fit under middle grade and elementary nonfiction category, but it’s OK. If we get the category wrong, the organizers will fix it. Nomination time.