2013 Nominations: Young Adult Nonfiction

“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

by James L. Swanson


Nominated by: Amanda Snow

Reviewed by: Stephanie Charlefour | Terry Doherty

A Marked Man: The Assassination of Malcolm X

by Matt Doeden

Publisher not defined

Publisher/ Author Submission

Andrew Jenks: My Adventures As a Young Filmmaker

by Andrew Jenks


Nominated by: MotherReader

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

BECOMING BEN FRANKLIN: How a Candle-maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty

by Russell Freedman

Holiday House

Publisher/ Author Submission

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains

by Jane Yolen


Nominated by: Alyssa

Reviewed by: Jennifer | Jessica @ herlifewithbooks | Sherry Early

Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries

by Elizabeth MacLeod

Annick Press

Nominated by: Kristen

Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself


Chicago Review Press

Nominated by: Pat Zietlow Miller

Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays


Roaring Brook

Nominated by: Katy Manck (BooksYALove)

Reviewed by: Sherry Early | Terry Doherty

Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders (Teen Ink)

by Stephanie Meyer

HCI Teens

Nominated by: Compass Book Ratings

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent (Women of Action)

by Pearl Witherington Cornioley

Chicago Review Press

Nominated by: Marie

Deer Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally

Zest Books

Publisher/ Author Submission

Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

by Tonya Bolden

Abrams for Young Readers

Nominated by: Mary Ann Scheuer

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

For the Good of Mankind?: The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation

by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein

Lerner Publishing Group

Nominated by: Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Forensics Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

by Carla Mooney/Sam Carbaugh

Nomad Press

Publisher/ Author Submission

Gettysburg: The True Account of Two Young Heroes in the Greatest Battle of the Civil War

by Iain C. Martin

Sky Pony Press

Nominated by: Linda Baie

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp

by Helga Weiss

W.W.Norton & Co.

Reason ineligible: Not due to be published till February of 2014

Nominated by: Amy @ Hope Is the Word

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America

by Joan Wehlen Morrison

Chicago Review Press

Nominated by: Charlotte

Reviewed by: Cecelia from Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia | Sherry Early

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

by Martin W. Sandler

Walker Books for Young Readers

Nominated by: Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World

by Robbie Robertson


Nominated by: Lizjonesbooks

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

by Steve Sheinkin


Nominated by: Alice@Supratentorial

Reviewed by: Jennifer | Sherry Early

Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids

by Deborah Ellis

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Nominated by: Perogyo

Mountains Beyond Mountains (Adapted for Young People): The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

by Tracy Kidder

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Nominated by: Gina Ruiz

Once Upon A Road Trip

by Angela N. Blount

Artifice Press

Nominated by: Terry Doherty

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices

by Various

Candlewick Press

Nominated by: kelstarly

Reviewed by: Kim Baccellia

Pepita: Takehiko Inoue Meets Gaudi

by Story & Art by Takehiko Inoue

VIZ Media, LLC

Publisher/ Author Submission

Rapture Practice

by Aaron Hartzler

Little, Brown

Nominated by: Liz B

Reviewed by: Kim Baccellia

Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words

by Regine Stokke

Zest Books

Publisher/ Author Submission

Rookie Yearbook Two


Drawn & Quarterly

Nominated by: Kelly Jensen

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List

by Leon Leyson


Nominated by: Mary McKenna Siddals

Reviewed by: Jessica @ herlifewithbooks | Sherry Early | Terry Doherty

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne

by Catherine Reef

Clarion Books

Nominated by: Sherry Early

Reviewed by: Sherry Early | Terry Doherty

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi

by Neal Bascomb

Arthur A Levine

Nominated by: lwad

Reviewed by: Jennifer

They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth

by Daniel Hernandez

Simon & Schuster

Nominated by: Jackie Parker

Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

by Tanya Anderson

Twenty First Century Books

Publisher/ Author Submission

Reviewed by: Kim Baccellia

Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World

by Ann Downer

Lerner Publishing Group

Publisher/ Author Submission

Reviewed by: Jennifer

Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys (Women of Action)

by Karen Bush Gibson

Chicago Review Press

Nominated by: Stephanie Charlefour

Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-Rousers (Women of Action)

by Brandon Marie Miller

Chicago Review Press

Nominated by: Hands-On Books blogger

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies

by Nell Beram


Nominated by: Anamaria (bookstogether)

Reviewed by: Sherry Early

Your Food Is Fooling You: How Your Brain Is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt

by David A. Kessler

Roaring Brook

Nominated by: Jennifer

Reviewed by: Jessica @ herlifewithbooks


Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain

by Russell Freedman

Publisher not defined

Status: Not Eligible
Reason ineligible: Not published till January 2014 – does not meet deadline.

Nominated by: aquafortis

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Malala Yousafzai

Little, Brown

Status: Not Eligible
Reason ineligible: Publisher states book was not published for the YA market, but for Adult market.

Nominated by: T.S. Davis

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

by Naoki Higashida

Publisher not defined

Status: Not Eligible
Reason ineligible: While written by a 13-year old, it is written for the adult market not YA

Nominated by: Patricia Tilton

Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

by Catherine Lewis

Publisher not defined

Status: Not Eligible
Reason ineligible: This is more of a how-to book than narrative nonfiction and therefore is ineligible.

Nominated by: Pink Me

Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced Into the Sex Trade

by Sophie Hayes

Publisher not defined

Status: Not Eligible
Reason ineligible: Published for the adult market, not the teen market

Nominated by: Kim Baccellia