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Teen: Nonfiction (13-18 Years)


See below for the list of 2024 winners in the TEEN: NONFICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Happy Grades Workbook: How to Improve Focus, Learning, and Productivity without Sacrificing Joy, Peace of Mind, or Free Time
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Tricia Underwood

Publisher: How2Conquer

ISBN: 9781945783227

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The Happy Grades Workbook shows students what happens when they stop chasing good grades — and all the resulting procrastination, boredom, and burnout — and they start embracing a different approach to success in school that focuses on their happiness, interests, and peace of mind.

Cornelia Fort, WAFS Pilot: Her Life for Her Country
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Sarah Byrn Rickman

Publisher: Flight to Destiny Press

ISBN: 9781735059532

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BE FOREWARNED: THIS STORY WILL BREAK YOUR HEART. The heroine dies in the end, but you already know that. So read on – walk, run, fly with this extraordinary young woman who, during her short life, used her gifts to try to better the world in which she lived.

Virtue Field Guide
2024 Silver Winner

Authors: Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, OP, Sr. Miriam Holtz, O.P., and Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Publisher: Lumen Ecclesiae Press

ISBN: 9798985679076

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You are invited to take a journey. The life of virtue is more vibrant and exciting than the greatest thrills this world has to offer.  This field guide will introduce you to the virtues and give real-life ideas for practicing them. Choose something that interests you, and dive in!


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the TEEN: NONFICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

A Girl's Guide to Military Service: Selecting Your Specialty, Preparing for Success, Thriving in Military Life
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Amanda Huffman

Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing

ISBN: 9781934617670

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Helps young women considering a military job or career:
- Discern if military service is the right choice
- Evaluate enlisting or commissioning as an officer
- Select a service branch and career field
- Prepare for training
- Navigate unique challenges as a woman in the military

First to a Million Workbook: A Companion Guide for Teens to Achieve Early Financial Independence
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Dan Sheeks

Publisher: BiggerPockets Publishing

ISBN: 9781947200630

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A step-by-step guide to change the way you look at money before you turn 20! In this companion workbook to First to a Million, teenagers will accelerate their path to financial independence and learn even more about personal finance and investing.

Hidden Life of the Desert: And Our Future in the Drying Southwest (Third Edition)
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Thomas Wiewandt

Publisher: Wild Horizons Publishing & Mountain Press Publishing Co.

ISBN: 9780878427130

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A lavishly illustrated introduction to plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert through its five seasons. Thought-provoking and greatly expanded, Part 2 explores current issues facing the Southwest in the context of explosive population growth and climate change. Packed with surprising information and useful resources for students, parents, and teachers.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the TEEN: NONFICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Earth Will Survive: But We May Not
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Katie Coppens

Publisher: Tumblehome, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-943431-73-1

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Earth’s history told through the discoveries of scientists who have studied it: Part 1 offers the history of life and Part 2 the human-caused challenges that threaten it. Part 3 presents ways individuals can help the environment, from consumption habits to voting. A conversational tone and ample illustrations make this an accessible and encouraging guide for young environmentalists.

Navigating Minefields: A Young Man's Blueprint for Success in Life's Battlefield
2022 Silver Winner

Authors: Victoria Duerstock and Bethany Jett

Publisher: End Game Press

ISBN: 978-1-63797-004-1

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A leadership book for boys written by the moms who love them, Victoria Duerstock and Bethany Jett, filled Navigating Minefields with short inspirational thoughts, quotes and applicable life lessons for young men on the brink of adulthood. Navigating Minefields is an inspiring gift for the young men in your life.

What Is Coronavirus?: How It Infects, How It Spreads, and How to Stay Safe
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: Sabbithry Persad, MBA

Publisher: Firewater Media Group

ISBN: 978-0-9812439-3-1

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An easy-to-follow illustrated guide to the COVID-19 pandemic, this science-based book explains virus and coronavirus basics, SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, how they affect the body, what scientists are doing and how to stay safe. Readers also explore past pandemics and how they ended, offering an optimistic outlook for the future. 


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the TEEN: NONFICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

The Puffin Plan: Restoring Seabirds to Egg Rock and Beyond
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Stephen W. Kress & Derrick Z. Jackson

Publisher: Tumblehome, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-943431-57-1

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An uplifting story of scientists working to bring seabirds back to their native habitats—inspiring young readers to take action for the environment. This is the story of how Project Puffin reclaimed a piece of our rich biological heritage, encouraging other groups to re-root local native species around the world.

Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide
2021 Silver Winner

Authors: Mary Choy, PharmD, BCGP, FASHP and Michele B. Kaufman, PharmD, BCGP

Publisher: Sigel Press

ISBN: 978-1-905941-31-5

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With input from 25-plus experts, this must-have, user-friendly guide offers everything a teen needs to find their dream job. "Healthcare Heroes is an absolutely fascinating read with real insight from renowned healthcare professionals…it is literally like having your own personal healthcare mentor." - Readers’ Favorite Reviews

Why Wait? Your Time Is Now!: Think. Write. Believe. Achieve.
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Reagan B. Nevels

Publisher: Premier Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7325216-0-5

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In Why Wait? Your Time Is Now!, young author, Reagan B. Nevels, provides shortcuts to develop accountability skills, build self-esteem, and boost confidence in teenagers. Discover: a four-step process to achieve goals; a template to help focus; affirmations to promote positivity. Perfect for teens with big dreams.


N/A - Due to lack of entries, the 2020 the TEEN: NONFICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2020, was cancelled.

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