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- Award year: 2012
- Award year: 2015
- Theme: Narrative Non-Fiction: Inspired by Actual Events
- Author: Karen Blumenthal
For more than a decade starting in 1920, millions of regular Americans ignored the law of the land. Parents became bootleggers, kids smuggled illegal alcohol, and outlaws became celebrities. It wasn't supposed to be that way, of course. When Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcohol in the United States, supporters believed it would create a better, stronger nation.