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Steve Sheinkin wins 2012 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award

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Uploaded on Jan 24, 2012

"The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery," written by Steve Sheinkin and published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, has been named the 2012 winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, the first national award that honors the best nonfiction books for teens. The award was presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting, held Jan.20 24 in Dallas.

Treating history as mystery, Steve Sheinkin explores the means, motives and opportunities of America's most infamous spy and as he reveals Arnold's path towards treason. This cradle to grave biography emphasizes the political, social and military issues within the Colonial army and how Arnold ambitiously maneuvered his own career through grit and determination.

"In this illuminating biography, Sheinkin proves that spoilers don't matter—it's not whether or not Arnold betrayed his country, but why," said YALSA Nonfiction Award Chair Jennifer Hubert.

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 Midwinter Meeting's Youth Media Awards.

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