At Midwinter 2010 in Boston, the winner of the inaugural YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults will be announced.’  To celebrate this award, the YALSA blog will be publishing interviews with some of the shortlisted authors.’  Our last interview is with Phillip Hoose, author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.’  Don’t forget to tune in on Monday, January 18th to see who wins the first-ever YALSA Nonfiction Award!

Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin

The Nonfiction Committee on Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice:’  “Hoose recounts the largely untold story of Claudette Colvin, who was arrested and jailed at the age of 15 after refusing to relinquish her seat on a bus to a white woman. Interviews with Colvin create a vivid picture not only of the Montgomery bus boycott but also the Browder v. Gayle case, in which she was a key defendant.”

YALSA Blog:’  Congratulations on being included on the shortlist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults!’  What was your reaction to being included on the shortlist for this first-ever award?

Phillip Hoose:’  First, I’m thrilled that at last there is such an award.’  It’s long overdue’  recognition of those who have been telling true stories artfully.’ ‘  Of course I feel honored to be’  a finalist, especially in the first group.
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Phillip Hoose’s book, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, was chosen in 2005 as one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. Today, the AP reported that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is being sought in Texas. One of the researchers said, “I’m hopeful, neither optimistic nor pessimistic.” This is a great book and a good tie-in with the summer reading theme of YKN-You Never Know @ YOUR LIBRARY.

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