Robert F. Sibert Informational
Book Award 2006

2006 Medal Winner

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker YA 973.7 WAL
After sinking a Union sloop near Charleston, South Carolina, in 1864, the Hunley did not return to port. Although divers searched for more than 130 years, the sub was not found until 1995. Over the last 10 years, archaeologists have carefully raised the Hunley and painstakingly sifted through the 20,000 pounds of sediment it contained for artifacts and human remains and, ultimately, clues to why, when, and how the vessel sank. Walker begins with the history of the Hunley's design and construction as well as its place in Civil War and naval history. She really hits her stride, though, in explaining the complex techniques and loving care used in raising the craft, recovering its contents, and even reconstructing models of the crewmembers' bodies.

2006 Honor Book

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitlerís Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti YA 943.086 BAR
"I begin with the young. We older ones are used up . . . But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world." --Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933 By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.