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Teen: Fiction (13-18 Years)


See below for the list of 2024 winners in the TEEN: FICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

The Last Saxon King: A Jump in Time, Book One
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Andrew Varga

Publisher: Imbrifex Books

ISBN: 9781945501821

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Sixteen-year-old Dan Renfrew accidentally transports himself to England in the year 1066. Trapped there, he learns he’s a time jumper, a member of a clandestine group tasked with fixing glitches in the time stream. Dan must save history as he battles rogue time jumpers bent on world domination.

Things to See in Arizona
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Mary Vensel White

Publisher: Type Eighteen Books

ISBN: 9798987830901

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Tuesday Mayes is eager to start a new chapter after high school but finds herself on a cross-state search for her father alongside her long-time crush, Cristian Robles. With a mix of adventure, romance, and self-discovery, this is a story about growing up, facing fears, and discovering the strength within.

The Truth About Horses: A Novel
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Christy Cashman

Publisher: SparkPress

ISBN: 9781684632121

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Fourteen-year-old Reese’s dream of winning the Black Elk race is shattered when her beloved horse, Trusted Treasure, falls at the last jump. While still reeling from that loss, her family suffers a second tragedy - one that results in the end of their family business, the sale of Trusted Treasure, and irreparable damage to Reese’s relationship with her father. Through heartaches and triumphs, Reese must prove her worth if she wants to heal her family and show everyone that some dreams are worth fighting for.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the TEEN: FICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

2023 Gold Winner

Author: Brielle D. Porter

Publisher: CamCat Books

ISBN: 978-0-7443-0558-6

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Lisette’s father killed the King, and his execution leaves Lisette alone, disgraced, and without magic. Desperate to survive in a city glutted with power, Lisette enters into a deadly competition. If she wins, she’ll become the highest-ranked performer in the world—the Queen’s Jester. If she loses, it may be off with her head.

Come Day in Night
2023 Silver Winner

Author: hal evans

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group

ISBN: 978-1-61254-563-9

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When Sam White Jr., a white high school student, is asked to start playing at the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church—a predominately Black church—on Sundays, tensions begin to heighten in a Texas town that refuses to acknowledge their place in the Civil Rights era.

The Last Huntress: Mirror Realm Series Book I
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Lenore Borja

Publisher: SparkPress

ISBN: 978-1-68463-173-5

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Alice Daniels is a huntress gifted with the power to enter mirrors and the magical realm beyond. In this realm, evil lurks, infecting humankind through its reflections. With the help of her three huntress sisters, Alice must fight gods and demons to protect humanity and free her true love’s soul.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the TEEN: FICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

A Light in the Sky
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Shina Reynolds

Publisher: Wink Road Press

ISBN: 978-1-7334511-1-6

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Aluma Banks takes to the skies on a quest to save her land and the people she loves from the darkness that threatens to consume them all. Red Queen meets The Scorpio Races in a high-flying new fantasy series filled with passion, betrayal, and adventure from debut author Shina Reynolds. 

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit: A Novel
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Sara Jane Loyster

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-64742-165-6

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A famous Victorian era painting of four sisters, a lonely teenage girl and the ugly secrets that tie them together. This time-travel tale effortlessly blends past and present, transporting readers between the world of the troubled Boit sisters, Paris in 1882, and the heroine’s own, Boston in 1963.

The Lady or the Lion
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Aamna Qureshi

Publisher: CamCat Books

ISBN: 978-0-7443-0344-5

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A Pakistan-inspired fantasy, retelling the story of “The Lady or the Tiger?”, in which a fiercely loyal princess tries to prove her grandfather’s innocence in an attack on neighboring leaders, while she navigates forbidden love and court intrigues alongside the handsome ambassador determined to prove her wrong.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the TEEN: FICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Kid Sterling
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Christine Welldon

Publisher: Red Deer Press

ISBN: 9780889956162

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In this poignant coming of age young adult novel, Sterling Crawford is a young African American kid living in New Orleans in 1906 learning about jazz, the legendary Buddy Bolden and forced to face racism, a loaded justice system and racial barriers that divided a nation.

The Camino Club
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Kevin Craig

Publisher: Duet Books (Interlude Press)

ISBN: 978-1-945053-97-9

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What would happen if The Breakfast Club had to walk Spain’s famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage instead of serving Saturday detention? 
Author Kevin Craig takes readers on the life-changing trek of a group of teenagers who become unlikely friends and learn the lessons of a lifetime.

Lucid Design: Book One of the Designed Series
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Kate Tailor

Publisher: Fife Press, an imprint of Young Dragons Press

ISBN: 978-1-63373-543-9

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Raleigh learns the source of her lifelong blackouts is due to a hormone her body produces called Lucidin. It is used in an unknown world of drugs, evil, and manipulation. Raleigh must leave her family and learn to survive in this frightening new reality or get caught in the crossfire.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the TEEN: FICTION (13-18 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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The Next to Last Mistake
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Amalie Jahn

Publisher: Light Messages Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-61153-264-7

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Tess is forced out of her comfort zone when her father’s reenlisting in the Army moves her across country into a world she knows nothing about.

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Bobby Ether and the Jade Academy
2020 Silver Winner

Author: R. Scott Boyer

Publisher: Koehler Books

ISBN: 978-1-63393-745-1

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Abducted to a secluded monastery in Tibet, Bobby must navigate a cesspool of conspiracy and betrayal to uncover ominous family secrets and unlock paranormal abilities.

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Street of Storytellers
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Doug Wilhelm

Publisher: Rootstock Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-57869-016-9

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In an ancient crossroads city in Northwest Pakistan in December 1984, a young American gets dangerously caught between the opposite energies of extremism and music.

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