YALSA Award Winners

YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishin ...more

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The Rise and Fall of Charle...

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YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2021)
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Free Lunch

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4.40 avg rating — 2,792 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2020)
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The Unwanted: Stories of th...

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4.10 avg rating — 2,343 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2019)
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The Whydah: A Pirate Ship F...

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3.82 avg rating — 493 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist (2018)
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Eyes of the World: Robert C...

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3.97 avg rating — 181 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist (2018)
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#Notyourprincess: Voices of...

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4.26 avg rating — 2,050 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist (2018)
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Vincent and Theo: The Van G...

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3.88 avg rating — 7,492 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (2018)
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March: Book Three (March, #3)

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4.67 avg rating — 16,957 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2017)
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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ells...

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4.22 avg rating — 4,812 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2016)
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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for...

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4.02 avg rating — 11,087 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2015)
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The Nazi Hunters: How a Tea...

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3.93 avg rating — 4,466 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2014)
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Bomb: The Race to Build—and...

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4.14 avg rating — 15,537 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2013)
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The Notorious Benedict Arno...

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3.81 avg rating — 4,231 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2012)
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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

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3.82 avg rating — 482 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2011)
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Charles and Emma: The Darwi...

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3.62 avg rating — 7,399 ratings
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2010)
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Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood,...

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4.09 avg rating — 27,287 ratings
YALSA Award for Young Adults (2007)
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You Call This Democracy?: H...

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4.22 avg rating — 143 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2021)
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How We Got to the Moon: The...

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4.58 avg rating — 148 ratings
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The Cat I Never Named : A T...

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4.58 avg rating — 360 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2021)
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All Thirteen: The Incredibl...

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4.65 avg rating — 989 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2021)
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A Light in the Darkness: Ja...

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4.18 avg rating — 147 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2020)
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A Thousand Sisters: The Her...

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3.90 avg rating — 523 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2020)
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The Great Nijinsky: God of ...

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3.87 avg rating — 163 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2020)
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Torpedoed: The True Story o...

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4.28 avg rating — 666 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2020)
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Hey, Kiddo

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4.12 avg rating — 26,378 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2019)
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Boots on the Ground: Americ...

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4.32 avg rating — 781 ratings
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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich ...

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4.43 avg rating — 2,418 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2019)
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The Beloved World of Sonia ...

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4.10 avg rating — 185 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2019)
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This Land Is Our Land: A Hi...

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3.83 avg rating — 288 ratings
YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2017)
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Samurai Rising: The Epic Li...

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3.78 avg rating — 1,420 ratings
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