2019 Mn Writes Mn Reads statewide author contest

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Read local and enjoy a finalist from the 2019 Minnesota Author Project statewide author contest!


Diane Dettmann
Description: Young Adult category finalist Fifteen-year-old Yasu Sakamota loves living in Glenville, California, but Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, turns her young life in to a devastating nightmare. Within weeks her family is imprisoned in a camp in eastern California. Surrounded by barbwire fences and the constant watch of armed guards, Yasu and her older brother, Haro, struggle to accept the overcrowded living conditions and hardships of camp life. As time passes, the confinement, strict regulations, and humiliation force them to make courageous choices that will change their lives forever.
Call Number: FIC Det
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Marcia Neely
Description: Adult finalist - GRRL author! It was 1900 when two young Norwegian women left their homes near Watson Minnesota, made the five hundred-mile journey to a small settlement in western North Dakota, and settled into homestead life, turning their dreams into realities. Tillie Melbakken and Bertha Harstad found the land desolate at first, but with excitement and optimism the friends became part of the close community, facing the joys and griefs, adventures and challenges that came with homesteading on the prairie.
Call Number: FIC Nee
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Sarah Hanley
Description: Adult category winner "Zosia has sacrificed herself to save her dying son from the Gestapo. She takes his place as a prisoner and is sent to work as a slave in Germany, where the only thing keeping her alive is the hope of her children's survival. Once World War II ends, her goal, like any matka, is to return to Poland and the children she left behind. Instead, she's collected into a DP camp in Wildflecken, Germany, to wait for stability in Poland. She digs for clues about her family but finds the truth impossible to uncover. Zosia is trapped in a never-ending purgatory. Despite her initial resistance, she falls in love with Czeslaw, who uses his black market network to help her. When Zosia becomes pregnant, Czeslaw offers the promise of a new life but refuses to return to Poland and the tragedy he left behind. The refugee camps are closing and time is running out. Zosia is faced with a decision: return to the ruins of Poland alone to find her older children, or follow Czeslaw in his chase after a better future for their fragile new family."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Brian Lutterman
Description: Adult category finalist "Paraplegic attorney Pen Wilkinson, fighting through horrific flashbacks from a previous case, returns to Minnesota to investigate the murder of a candidate for governor. Is the murder a crime of passion, a political assassination, or part of a larger scheme? Fighting opposition from both police and the minority community, Pen presses ahead, unraveling the explosive secret of the thirty-year-old police shooting of a civil rights leader. As tensions mount, Pen's search unearths a horrifying plot to engulf the state in racial violence for political gain. Stymied by police caution and political gridlock, Pen races to expose the plan before the conspirators can silence their latest target: Pen Wilkinson."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Lut
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Jenna Zark
Description: Young Adult category finalist It’s 1958 and Ruby is the opposite of a 1950s stereotype: fierce, funny and strong willed, she is only just starting to chart her course in a family of Beat Generation artists in Greenwich Village. Ruby dreams of meeting famous poets while becoming one herself; instead, she’s accused of trying to steal fruit from a local vendor and is forced to live in a children’s home. As Ruby struggles to return to family and friends, she learns her only choice is to follow her heart.Join Ruby’s journey as she finds unexpected friendships, the courage to rebel against unjust authority and the healing power of art in this inspiring middle-grade novel by Jenna Zark.
Call Number: YA FIC ordered 092619
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Steven South
Description: Winning Young Adult title - GRRL author! "When her father is murdered, sixteen-year-old princess Claire Erinn must become the first female ruler of Keldaren. As soon as Claire takes the throne, enemies arise on her borders--and from within her own court. Claire knows she's not ready to rule. But that's a secret she has to hide--from her enemies, and from her own people. Claire must act like a strong queen if she hopes to survive long enough to become one. As war looms, Claire struggles to save her kingdom, and herself. A rival queen and Claire's half-mad brother are both coming for her crown--and her head. With Death herself hunting her, Claire must become the warrior her kindgom needs. She's willing to face Death to save Keldaren. But the price of victory may be even higher than Claire's life" -- Page [4] cover.
Call Number: YA FIC ordered 092619
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
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Courageous Footsteps : A Wwii Novel
Diane Dettmann
FIC Det
Nightfall
Brian Lutterman
FIC Lut
Deep Grass Roots : The Adventures And Challenges Of Two Women Homesteaders : A Novel
Marcia Neely
FIC Nee
The Beat On Ruby's Street
Jenna Zark
YA FIC ordered 092619
Matka
Sarah Hanley
FIC Han
The Queen Of Steel And Fire
Steven South
YA FIC ordered 092619