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SDBA Finalists for 20174 soon to be announced

Please note, only categories with multiple finalists or no category winners are listed.

UNPUBLISHED Children’s/Young Adult Novel
Run to Me by Julie Schwartz
The Rainmaker’s Secret by Judy McSweeney


Fear Caller by Beverly Hamowitz

Fair Game by Judy McSweeney
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bar by Bob Guess

Published Anthology
City works Journal Volume 25 by M. P. Lopez & H.A. Martinez
Magic, Mystery & Murder by Cornelia Feye & Tamara Merrill
The Guilded Pen-2018 Anthology of the SDWEG – Edited by Marcia Buompensiero

Published Biography/Autobiography
Brain XP: Living with Mental Illness, a Young Teenager’s Perspective by Christine Marie Frey
The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses by Karen Kenyon

Published Business
Get Noticed Be Remembered: Creating a Personal Brand Strategy for Success by Krista Clive-Smith
Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance by Sylvia Melena

Published Children’s Nonfiction
Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt for Kids: Her Life and World, with 21 Activities by Simonetta Carr
Sonia Sotomayor: A Biography (Living History) by Sylvia Mendoza
Rabbits and Rats, Birds and Seeds, Cactus and Trees: Plants and animals at work in El Pinacate, Sonoran Desert by Paul Dayton

Published Children’s Picture Books
Benji, the Bad Day and Me by Sally J. Pla
Jorge & The Lost Cookie Jar by Marta Arroyo
With Love, Grandma by Helen Foster James

Published General Nonfiction
Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America by David Clary
War, Sex and Human Destiny by Judith Hand, Ph.D.
You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side by Orly Lobel

Published Historical Fiction
As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
The Defiance of Reiko Murata by Allen Wittenborn
Without Warning  by Thomas C. Sanger

Published Local Interest
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County by Jerry Shad & Scott Turner
Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias by Michael Wilken-Robertson
San Diego County Mammal Atlas by San Diego Natural History Museum – Scott Tremor, Drew Stokes, Wayne Spencer, Jay Diffendorfer, Howard Thomas, Susan Chivers, Philip Unitt, Editors

Published Mainstream Fiction
A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
The Golden Hour by Tammy Greenwood
Endless Blue Sky by Josh Turner

Published Memoir
A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing by Cherie Kephart
When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories by Amy E. Wallen
Why My Cup? How I Overcame Growing Up in a Crack House by Celene Adams & Uhmbaya Laury

Published Mystery/Suspense
The Butcher’s Bill by Martin Roy Hill
Rust & Stardust Tammy Greenwood
Wrong Light by Matt Coyle

Published Poetry
After the Tour by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
How to Pull Apart the Earth by Karla Cordero
What Light I Have by Debbie Hall

Published Romance
Alchemy’s Hunger (Wyrd Love Book 4) by Cynthia Diamond
Rachel’s Secret by Mary Galusha
Twists of Fate: A Folk-Rock Odyssey by Robert Gilberg

Published Self-Help/Spiritual/Inspiration
Just Be: Transform Your Life and Live as Infinity by Suresh Ramaswamy
Knowing by Shawna Allard
The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction by Rebecca Williams & Julie Kraft

Published Travel
In Search of Adventure and Moments of Bliss: The Long Way Back by Lois Hoffmann
Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees: A Travelogue of Vietnam by C.L. Hoang

Published Young Adult
Mini Horses, Mighty Hearts: Rootbeer and Edward by Rene Townsend
Now I Rise (And I Darken) by Kiersten White


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