The narrative nonfiction book Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin has received major honors. The book was named a 2013 John Newbery Honor Book and won the 2013 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. According to librarian Jennifer Kendall, Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon is so well-written and full of action and history that it will appeal to a broad range of ages: 10 to 18. It's this appeal to a wide range of ages that undoubtedly affected the book receiving both Newbery honors, which recognize books for children from babies up to 14 years old, and the YALSA award, which honors young adult books, which are generally considered to be for ages 12 to 18. Steve Sheinkin is also the author of The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which received both the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction.
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