2018 Oklahoma Book Award Finalists

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2018 Finalists

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The following books were selected as finalists in the twenty-ninth Annual Oklahoma Book Award Competition.  The books are listed in alphabetical order according to the last name of the lead author, illustrator, designer or photographer.


Abraham by Frank Keating
Simon & Schuster

Angie Debo: Daughter of the Prairie by Patricia Loughlin
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing

The Cloud Artist by Sherri Maret
The RoadRunner Press

Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott

The Survivor Tree by Gaye Sanders
The RoadRunner Press

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent
Delacorte Press



The Robson Ranch: Hard Work and Family Ties, designed by Laura Hyde
Mullerhaus Legacy Publishing

Don’t Never Be Afraid of Your Horses: Looking Back, art by Mike Larsen, and book design by Skip McKinstry
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing

Good Night, Trilobite, illustrated by Shanda Willis McDonald, and designed by Gentry Fisher
White Dog Press

Marmie: A Mouse on Main Street, illustrated by Janet Skates
The Museum Broken Arrow Publisher

Oklahoma Winter Bird Atlas, book design by Julie Rushing, and cover design by Anthony Roberts
University of Oklahoma Press

Abraham, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
Simon & Schuster



Justice Returns by William Bernhardt
Babylon Books

The Return of the Raven Mocker by Donis Casey
Poisoned Pen Press

The Bone Picker by Lu Clifton
Two Shadows Books

Burials by Mary Anna Evans
Poisoned Pen Press

Let the Dead Bury the Dead by Joan King
Beating Windward Press

The Bridge Troll Murders by Sheldon Russell
The RoadRunner Press

Live from Medicine Park by Constance Squires
University of Oklahoma Press

Dry Run, Oklahoma by Lucinda Stein
CreateSpace—Lucinda Stein Publisher

Old Scores by Will Thomas
Minotaur Books



Frank Little and the IWW by Jane Little Botkin
University of Oklahoma Press

Oklahoma’s Brown Decision Test Case: A Participant’s Perspective by Betty Katherine Permetter Falato
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Killing Albert Berch by Alan Berch Hollingsworth
Pelican Publishing Company

Don’t Never Be Afraid of Your Horses: Looking Back by Mike Larsen
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing

Seat of Power by Douglas Miller and John Hamill
Mullerhaus Legacy Publishing

Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

John Joseph Matthews: Life of an Osage Writer by Michael Snyder
University of Oklahoma Press

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis
Liveright Publishing



Colin is Changing His Name by John Andrews
Sibling Rivalry Press

Zippy Zappy: Diminutive Poetry by Kevin Acers
CreateSpace—Kevin Acers Publisher

Ordinary Monsters by Justin Bond
Mongrel Empire Press

Bring an Extry Mule by Ken Hada
Purple Flag Press

Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry by Dean Rader
Copper Canyon Press

Constant Fires by Rebecca Hatcher Travis
White Dog Press

Church People by Maria Polson Veres
Stonecrop Press

Renegade by Ron Wallace
TJMF Publishing

See the 2017 winners and the full list of 2017 finalists.

See eligibility requirements.