YALSA has just announced the five finalists for their brand new award for young adult nonfiction.  Here they are.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone

“Angering and inspiring. 13 women proved in the early 1960s that they were just as suited to space exploration as men  and yet they were denied the opportunity.  These “almost astronauts” share details about the early days of the space program that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heiligman

“Opposites attract! Charles Darwin is a budding naturalist, struggles with religious doubt, and is fresh from a voyage around the world. Emma Wedgwood loves music, is devoutly Christian, and a sloppy homebody. When they decide to marry, both are terrified. Their beliefs seem very different, but both are open-minded.”

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip Hoose

“Claudette Colvin was just 15 years old when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white person. “It’s my constitutional right!” she declared, as Montgomery, Alabama police officers pulled her off the bus.  She later provided key testimony in a landmark court case against segregation.”

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous and Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
by Candace Fleming

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
by Sally M. Walker

“Fascinating true forensic & historical mystery. Forensic anthropologists study the skeletons of people of different ages and walks of life who lived and died along Chesapeake Bay. Enlightening & never dull!”

All five titles are available at the Niles Public Library.

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