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Entries for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards

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Children’s Literature:

A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms by Belinda Jensen, illustrated by Renée Kurilla (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

Chicken Lily by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden (Henry Holt and Co.)

Don’t be Sad, Sad Sally by Sally Dufner, illustrated by Alexis Thompson (Xlibris)

Friends in Fur Coats by Claire Buchwald and Sarah Buchlaw, illustrated by Rebecca Evans (The Gryphon Press)

Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love by Aurora Whittet (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Miss Elephonse of Africa by Kathy Schoen (Mill Street Publishers)

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins by Chris Monroe (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

Monster & Son by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Joey Chou (Chronicle Books)

Super Animal Powers: The Amazing Abilities of Animals by Ryan Jacobson, photographs by Stan Tekiela (Adventure Publications)

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (Chronicle Books)

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy, photographs by Wing Young Huie (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

This Is NOT A Cat! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Sterling Children’s Books)

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General Nonfiction:

The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom by Michael J. Dorer (Parent Child Press)

The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures (Melville House Publishing)

Hello, Little One by Douglas Wood, photography by Katharina Wood (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

The Inadvertent Café by Brent Olson (Kirk House Publishers)

Our States Have Crazy Shapes: Panhandles, Bootheels, Knobs and Points by Lynn Garthwaite (Blue Spectrum Books)

Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside by Heidi Barr (Avenida Books)

Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy (Graywolf Press)

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Genre Fiction:

The Born and the Made by Robert Spande (Robert Spande)

Crosshairs on Castro by John Harrigan (John Harrigan)

Demon in the Hole: A Thriller by Richard A. Thompson (Conquill Press)

The Devereaux Deity by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Goodbye to the Dead by Brian Freeman (Quercus)

The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street Books/Prometheus Books)

Hyena’s Tree by Thomas J. Larson (THEAQ LLC Publishing)

In Plain Sight: A Jon Wells Novel by Greg Gardner (Greg Gardner)

Marsco Triumphant by James A. Zarzana (James A. Zarzana)

The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors: A Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery by Julie Seedorf (Cozy Cat Press)

Rise of the Spring Tide by James Stitt (James Stitt)

Sagar’s Tale by James Stitt (James Stitt)

Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Worldwide)

Sarah’s Sound by Gary Crask (Gary Crask)

South Texas Tangle by T.K. O’Neill (Bluestone Press)

The Truth About Mallory Bain by Clare Hexom (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Tyranny Begins by Elizabeth Hatcher True (Mill City Press)

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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

Accidentally Green: Building an Organic Livelihood by Gene R. Stark (Gene Stark)

Africa’s Child by Maria Nhambu (Dancing Twiga Press)

Bright Yellow by Barbara Svedahl (Mill City Press)

Called: The Making and Unmaking of a Nun by Marge Rogers Barrett (Antrim House)

Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away: A Love Letter to My Family by Ben Utecht, with Mark Tabb (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster)

Family Whispers of Love: Cherished Memories with Recipes by Jacklyn Marie Milton (Planting People Growing Justice Press)

Guitarlo by Arlo Hennings (Hear2Ear Records and Books)

House of Fire: A Story of Love, Courage, and Transformation by Elizabeth di Grazia (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Just Keep Shooting: My Youth in Manhattan: Memoir of a Midwestern Girl in the 1950s and 1960s by Judy McConnell (Judy McConnell)

Living Seminole by Edna DeHass Siniff, art and sketches by Nancy Larkin (ElderBerry Publishing/CMP Publishing Group, LLC)

Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm ─ from Scratch by Lucie B. Amundsen (Avery/Penguin Random House)

Miles of Memories: One Woman’s Journey to all 50 States by Lori Spangler (Mill City Press)

Running Home: Big-League Wife, Small-Town Story by Alisha Perkins (Mill City Press)

The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company)               

Standing in Deep Water: Overcoming the Infectious Legacy of the Hitler Youth by Kristin D. Anderson (Tangram Books)

Ten: Five Five by Royal Hettling (Royal Hettling)

Triptych by April Vinding (Wipf & Stock)

Wondahful Mammaries by Peggy Keener (Publishers ExpressPress)

You must only to love them: Lessons Learned in Turkey by Ann Marie Mershon (Maple Hill Publishing)

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Middle Grade Literature:

The Amazing World of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated Journey Through the Mesozoic Era by James Kuether (Adventure Publications)

Benwise Larsen’s Last Christmas in Minnesota by Michael Fridgen (Dreamlly Books)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)

The Last Ma-Loo by Dean Ammerman (Self (Kabloona))

Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

Lylian: Lost Land of the Lytles by Thom Sandberg (Whizbang Press)

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (Algonquin Young Readers)

The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O’Reilly (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

Shine by Neil Pascale (Neil Pascale)

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan)

Tilly’s Top-Secret Trapdoor by Maureen Bartone (Maureen Bartone)

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Edwin H. Lundie: Five Decades, A Journey of Art & Architecture by Peter O’Toole (Artist Book Press, Ltd.)

Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné by Gary B. Christensen, biography by Stephen A. Gjertson (Afton Historical Society Press)

The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America by Beth Blair (Unofficial Guides/Keen Communications)

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Novel & Short Story:

Amateurs by Dylan Hicks (Coffee House Press)

Do Not Find Me by Kathleen Novak (The Permanent Press)

The Enigma of Iris Murphy: Stories by Maureen Millea Smith (Livingston Press)

Knockout: Stories by John Jodzio (Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint Press)

Lady in the Moon: A Novel in Stories by Connie Claire Szarke (Heron Bay Publishing)

A Notion of Pelicans by Donna Salli (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Perfume River Nights by Michael P. Maurer (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

The Tao of Nookomis by Thomas D. Peacock (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Unzipping the Parka: Stories of Minnesotans Doing Very Un-Minnesotan Things by Brian Landon (Landon Books LLC)

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A jar of PETALS by Frederick Blanch (P. Hanson Marketing, Inc.)

The Address to Your Heart by Deborah Fee, illustrated by Ara Elizabeth Schmidt (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Blindsight by Greg Hewett (Coffee House Press)

Good Thunder, Blue Earth by Susan Stevens Chambers (River Place Press)

H is for Harry by Susan Sink (North Star Press)

Island Attitudes by Vicki Mickelson (Peppertree Press)

Jesus of Walmart by Richard Broderick (NYQ Books/The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc.)

The Kiss of Walt Whitman Still on My Lips by Raymond Luczak (Squares & Rebels)

May Day by Gretchen Marquette (Graywolf Press)

Meridian by Mark Maire (Codhill Press)

Midnight River by Laura Hansen (NFSPS Press)

Natural Disasters by Erica Rivera (Erica Rivera)

Ode to Beautiful by Sandra Sidman Larson (Finishing Line Press)

The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives by Linda LeGarde Grover (Red Mountain Press)

The Somnambulist by Lara Mimosa Montes (Horse Less Press)

Tiptoe and Whisper by Janaya Martin (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin (Coffee House Press)

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Young Adult Literature:

Edge the Bare Garden by Roseanne Cheng (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

The Memory Book by Lara Avery (Poppy/Little, Brown and Company)

Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, art by E. Eero Johnson (G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House)

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