20018 Literary Classics Book Award Finallists Announced

Release Date: November 1, 2018

Literary Classics


Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Finalists


Rapid City, SD – Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2018 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on November 15, 2018. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.


Anders Roseberg    The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show   Anders Roseberg

Jennifer Ann Aquino   The International Family Guide to US University Admissions   Wiley & Sons

Arlo Guthrie     Monsters   Rising Son International, Ltd.

Andrea Torrey Balsara     The Great & the Small   Common Deer Press

Marlo Berliner     The Ghost Chronicles 2   Self-published

Bon Blossman   The Noxhelm Murders   Create Space

Terry Braddock   The Stump – Abridged Version   Terry L. Braddock

  1. A. Brittain   Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone   First Edition Design Publishing

Caytlyn Brooke   Wired    BHC Press

Tiffany Brooks   Reality Gold   Dunemere Books

Elizabeth Doyle  Junior Lifeguards Series   Dunemere Books

Cheryl Carpinello   Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend  Beyond Today Educator

Theresa Cones   Tales From a Crowded Pet Room  Covenant Books

DJ Corchin,   Illustrated by Tyler Hawx   Half-Cat The phazelFOZ Company, LLC

Susan Count,  Illustrated by  Elena Shved   Selah’s Painted Dream   Hastings Creations Group

C F Crawford,  Illustrated by  L H Crawford  Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Summer Tales  Lauco Press

Crystal Chatterton  Awesome Science Experiments for Kids  Rockridge Press

Mrs. D. Olga D’Agostino  The Trees Have Hearts  MrsDBooks LLC

D.E. Partridge     The Claimed   Kindle Direct

Philip Derrick   Facing the Dragon  Sunnyslope Press

Laurel Downing Bill   Aunt Phil’s Trunk Bringing Alaska’s History Alive Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC

Martha Driscoll, co-author,  Ann Driscoll   Sammy the Seahorse   Driscoll Publishing

Murray Eiland Jr   The Raid on Troy   CreateSpace

Sabrina Fedel   Leaving Kent State   Harvard Square Editions

Mackenzie Flohr     The Rite of Wands   BHC Press

Gregory A. Fournier   The Richard Streicher   Jr. Murder Wheatmark Inc.

Claire Fullerton   Mourning Dove   Firefly Southern Fiction

Laurie Germaine   Tinsel in a Tangle   Clean Reads

Cliff Graham   Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus   Bethany House

Stacie Haas   Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee   5050 Press

Thaddeus Hackworth    Bedtime for Buzzy   Downtown and Brown Ventures

Krysten Hager   Landry in Like   Clean Reads

Anne Hamilton   Merlin’s Wood: The Battle of the Trees 1   Armour Books

Jane Alvey Harris   Riven   Jane Alvey Harris

Jane Alvey Harris   Secret Keeper   Jane Alvey Harris

Ginger Heller   The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa   Create Space

Melanie Hooyenga  The Trail Rules  CreateSpace

C.M. Huddleston   Greg’s Third Adventure in Time   ITP Press

Lauren Hudson Cathy Teets  The Deception  Headline Books

Kathleen Jacobs   Please Close It!  Headline Books

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson  The Legend of Oescienne Series   Create Space

Joseph Ruder  Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon   Create Space

Kena Sosa   Kindertransport-A Child’s Journey   4RV Publishing LLC

Mia Kerick   My Crunchy Life   Harmony Ink Press

Lori Kline Debra Winegarten   Almost a Minyan   Sociosights Press

DG Lamb David Lamb   The Deepest Cut   Calyse Publishing

Sheri Larsen   Marked Beauty   Ellysian Press

Nelda Lateef   Animal Village   Sub-Saharan Publishers

Wendy Leighton-Porter  The Shadow of the Tudor Rose  (Book 9, Shadows from the Past series) Mauve Square Publishing

Adam Leitman Bailey  Home   Building Foundations Publishing Company

Jacqui Letran Jacqui Letran   Unleash Your Inner Super Powers  A Healed Mind

Daniel Liut Daniel Liut   Reality, The Struggle for Sternessence   BQB Publishing Company

Regan W. H. Macaulay  Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far   Mirror Publishing

P.H.C. Marchesi   Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons  CreateSpace

Matthew Mayo  Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival  Five Star Publishing

Sarah McGuire Tracy Adams  Valiant   Carolrhoda Books

Joyce McPherson   The Pandora Device   Candleford Press

Cat Michaels,  Illustrated by Irene Jahns Sweet T and the Turtle Team 2101 Ink

Daniel Molyneux   Judas Son of Simon  Moriah Books

Daniela Norris  Recognitions  Roundfire Books

Lisa Anne Novelline   Piccadilly and the Jolly Raindrops  Lisa Anne Novelline

Tempeste O’Riley   Blood’s Song   Encompass Ink, Teen

Wolfgang Parker   Crime Cats: The Deadly Scarab   Rogue Agent Publishing

Linda Petrie Bunch   A Birth Day for Hannah  Book Club Productions

Catherine Rademacher Gibson, co-author Mary Gibson Sprague Glorious Fourth of July  S.D. Historical Society Press

AJ Reilly  The Askren Boys  Waldorf Publishing

Marc Remus  The Golden Maple Tree (Book 2, Magora series)   Misty Moon Books

Marc Remus Marc Remus  The Language Thieves  Misty Moon Books/ Marc Remus

Bill Richardson,  Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff  The Alphabet Thief  Groundwood Books

D.A. Roach Deborah Roach   Cross   daroachfiction

Diane Mae Robinson  The Dragon Grammar Book   Diane Mae Robinson Ink

Sandra Rostirolla  Cecilia  Pinkus Books

Lynn Salsi, co-author Joe Campbell, Illustrated by Ashley Teets  Hurricane: Jamar’s Story   Headline Books

Jonathan Schork, co-author Wayne Hoeft, Illust. by Jonathan Schork  More Tales from the Enchanted Wood SM~ARC, inc.

Jeremy Shapiro,  Illustrated by Marydeaton Heldman    Hugo and Nora  Ingramspark

Shanalee Sharboneau, Illustrated by Israel Dilean My Daddy Loves Me / My Mommy Loves Me Mascot Books

Carolyn Sloan,  Illustrated by James Williamson  Welcome to the Symphony  Workman Publishing Company

Eric Stevens  His Guide in the Night  Eric Stevens

Anne Sweazy-Kulju  Grog Wars, Dos  Louise Ann Kulju

Tayyaba Syed,  Illustrated by Melani Putri    The Blessed Bananas  Prolance Publishing

Brad Tarlem  The Mordenham Acres  Olympia Publishers

Cynthia Toney   The Other Side of Freedom  Write Integrity Press

Chuck Vance  Sneaking Out  Dunemere Books

Jarrett Whitlow, co-author Jarrett Whitlow What if Dinosaurs Were Pink?  Warren Publishing

Vivian Zabel  Where Did Panther Go?  4RV Publishing


Final award levels & categories will be announced November 15, 2018

The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in May, 2019 in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival in the City of Presidents.

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