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2020 Award Medalists

We are proud to announce the 2020 FAPA President’s Book Award medalists! Our thanks, again, to the many librarians, educators, and publishing professionals who served as judges this year and to the incredibly talented authors who submitted their books.

Adult Fiction – General

  • GOLD:  Donna Meredith – Buried Seeds: a novel 

  • SILVER:  Julie Carpenter – Things Get Weird in Whistlestop

  • BRONZE:  Marina Brown  – The Orphan of Pitigliano  

Adult Fiction – Historical

  • GOLD:  K.I. Knight – Fate & Freedom Book III – On Troubled Shores               

  • SILVER:  Robert N. Macomber – Honoring the Enemy: A Captain Peter Wake Novel

  • BRONZE:  David C. Edmonds – Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters

Adult Fiction – Mystery/Suspense

  • GOLD:  Owen Parr – The Abduction of Patient Zero

  • SILVER:  George Encizo – Murder on Grange Road

  • BRONZE:  Donald Steven Collins – While Everyone Was Sleeping

Adult Fiction – Thriller/Horror

  • GOLD:  Mitty Walters – Breaking Destiny 

  • SILVER:  David C. Edmonds – Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters

  • BRONZE:  Susan Klaus – Wolf in the Crosshairs

Adult Fiction – Romance

  • GOLD:  Judith Erwin – The Studio

  • SILVER:  Kerryn Reid – Anna’s Refuge: Wrackwater Bridge, Book One

  • BRONZE:  Isabella Berdyna Zysk – The Venturous Tales: A Collection                  

Adult Fiction – SciFi

  • GOLD:  Cate Bronson – Clonedroid: The New Wave

  • SILVER:  E.S. Martell – Pirates of the Asteroids  

  • BRONZE:  Bruce Ballister – Room For Tomorrow

Adult Fiction – Fantasy

  • GOLD:  Louis K Lowy – The Second Life of Eddie Coyne 

  • SILVER:  Tim Westover – The Winter Sisters: A Novel  

  • BRONZE:  A.J. Park – War’s Ending 

Young Adult – Fiction

  • GOLD:  A.J. Park – War’s Ending  

  • SILVER:  Michael Benzehabe – Persianality

  • BRONZE:  M J Gaylor – The Seventh Trail; Journey to Chayah

Young Adult – Non-Fiction

  • GOLD:  Bibi LeBlanc –   Berlin Divided – Berlin United

  • SILVER:  Miriam M. Brysk & Joanne D. Gilbert –   A Victory for Miriam 

Children – Education

  • GOLD:  Amy M. O’Quinn – Nikola Tesla for Kids

  • SILVER:  Mark Wayne Adams – Stick Horse Derby

  • BRONZE:  Hayley Rose – Tap Tap Swish! Otter Counts the Band 

Children – General

  • GOLD:  Sherrill S. Cannon – David’s ADHD

  • SILVER:  Rhonda Goodall – Frizzle’s Rainbow in the Clouds

  • BRONZE:  Rhonda Goodall – Frizzle’s Holiday Treasures 

Children – Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • BRONZE: Fred Gray – Cloud Kingdom

Children - Coming of Age

  • SILVER:  M. W. Adams – G’Day: Aints


  • SILVER: Sandra Golden – Adventure to Destiny, book one in the Unity Objective Series

Children - Grades 4-6

  • GOLD: Susan Koehler – Dahlia in Bloom

  • SILVER: Sarah Frank – Two Secrets

  • BRONZE: Eileen Boucher – Santa and Jesus

Children – Grades K-3

  • GOLD: Eddie Price – Little Miss Grubby Toes Falls into the Pool!

  • SILVER: Anne Michelle Lawrence – Black Bear Dreams

  • BRONZE: Daniel Liebowitz – See Time

Children – Picture Book

  • GOLD: Amy Sweezey – It Never, Ever Snows in Florida

  • SILVER: Hayley Rose – The Ruffington Dog Show 

  • BRONZE: Edward Ritts – Rosie’s Rescue: Rosie the Roseate Spoonbill

Children – Preschool

  • GOLD:  Hayley Rose  – The Ruffington Dog Show

Adult Non-Fiction - General 

  • GOLD: Ainissa Ramirez  – The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter transformed One Another

  •  SILVER: Elizabeth Randall – An Ocklawha River Odyssey

  •  BRONZE: Robert W. Lucas – Complete Guide to Ocean Cruising: Everything You Need to Know for a Great Vacation


  • GOLD: Charles J. Palmeri – Boy Soldier: Recollections of World War II 

  • SILVER: Deborah Burggraaf – Miss Deacon and the Tale of William

  • BRONZE: Jerrell Grimes – Black Boys Don’t Speak 

Cookbook/Home & Garden

  • GOLD: Nancy J. Cohen – Bad Hair Day Cookbook

  • SILVER: Jim Lee – Seafood Legends 

Coffee Table Book

  • GOLD: Michael Callahan – The Musso & Frank Grill 


  • GOLD: Samuel R. Staley –   The Beatles and Economics 

  • SILVER: Deb Boelkes – Heartfelt Leadership: How to Capture the Top Spot and Keep on Soaring  

  • BRONZE: Deb Boelkes – The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a Best Place to Work Culture   


  • GOLD: Allison Joseph – Confessions of Barefaced Woman

  • SILVER: Cristina Querrer – By Astrolabes & Constellations

  • BRONZE: Katie Clark – Acceptance of Seasons


  • GOLD: Dr. Carol Kennedy – Bite-Size Chocolate for the Soul – A Devotional with Conversation Starters

  • SILVER: Deborah Burggraaf – Miss Deacon and the Tale of William


  • GOLD: Pamela Christian – Prepare for the Harvest! Confidence in God’s End-Time Promises 

  • SILVER: Dr. Carol Kennedy – Bite-Size Chocolate for the Soul – A Devotional with Conversation Starters

  • BRONZE: Deborah L. Meyer – Redefining Family Wealth: A Parent’s Guide to Purposeful Living


  • GOLD: Elizabeth Randall – An Ocklawha River Odyssey

  • BRONZE: Lawrence Boettcher- Secrets of a Wisconsin Hall of Fame Trapper – Trapping for Fun & Profit


  • GOLD: Bruce Ballister – Welcome to the Zipper Club 

Political/Current Events

  • GOLD: George R. Dekle Sr. – Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts


  • GOLD: Eugen Spivak – PMO Governance

  • SILVER: Michael D. Toth & David A. Sousa – The Power of Student Teams: Achieving Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning in Every Classroom Through Academic Teaming

  • BRONZE: Arlene Miller – To Comma or Not to Comma: The Best Little Punctuation Book Ever!

Cover Design – Adult

  • GOLD: Norma Beasley – Living Inside Out

  • SILVER: Jim Lee – Seafood Legends

  • BRONZE: J. E. Mooney – The Siren of Good Intentions

Cover Design – Juvenile 

  • GOLD: Hayley Rose – The Thankful Mermaid: I Am Kind

  • SILVER: Lucy Forsting – The Adventures of Miss Twiggs and Company

  • BRONZE: Lee Ching Kai – The Red Eyes

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