Candace Fleming’s The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia took home the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for YA.
The Family Romanov follows the life of Russia’s last royal family and the conditions of the poor in the country they ruled. The Family Romanov was named a best historical book of the year from the Children’s Book Committee, the best nonfiction YA book of the year by the Cybils, and was named a Sibert Honor Book by the American Library Association.
The prize was announced by Aisha Saeed, author of Written in the Stars, on April 18th at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium as part of the Los Angeles Times‘ Festival of Books. Other finalists included Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman, The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.