Earlier this month I was trying to find a list (comparable to the many lists of potential Printz and Newbery candidates) of YA nonfiction to watch for 2012 and couldn’t find much. So I decided to come up with a list of my own and share it with any interested readers of The Hub. This is pretty unscientific stuff: it’s mostly books that received stars from library journals or were that written by established nonfiction authors, but it definitely has given me a good start on where my reading should be. Please let me know what other nonfiction I should be reading in the comments.
New books by past winners and nominees of the YALSA Nonfiction Award
- Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point, September 2012)
Sheinkin won last year’s YALSA award for The Notorious Benedict Arnold. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book about the building of the first Atomic Bomb at ALA, and I think it is every bit as good as his last book. A huge contender.
- Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal (Feiwel and Friends, February 2012)
Blumenthal wrote last year’s Bootleg, and her new one has a star from Booklist.
- Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies by Marc Aronson (Candlewick, April 2012)
Aronson (Sugar Changed the World) always has something interesting to say, and the book has starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus, so I’ll definitely be looking for this one.