YALSA Nonfiction Award Finalists in Conversation with SLJ

Presented by: School Library Journal
Event Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022


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Join School Library Journal for a lively conversation featuring the 2022 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists. Learn a bit about the inspiration behind these fantastic titles, hear from the authors about their research and storytelling processes, and take away some insights into how publishers select engaging and relevant nonfiction titles for teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event ahead of the award announcement at LibLearnX!

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. Award winners are announced annually during the ALA Youth Media Awards.


The 2022 finalists are:

Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield, written by Gail Jarrow and published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers.

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Brandy Colbert and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement, written by Paula Yoo and published by Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company.

In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months and Years After the 9/11 Attacks, written and illustrated by Don Brown and published by Etch, an imprint of Clarion Books (formerly HMH Books).

The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life, written by Amy Butler Greenfield and published by Random House Studio, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House. 


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