Awards


Honored and humbled. That’s how I feel about the awards my books have garnered. But more meaningful than any awards are the many thoughtful comments from readers who have enjoyed the books!

full_tab-grummond-medallionPersonal Awards

  • 2011 Recipient of the de Grummond Medallion for “lifetime contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature.”
  • Robert Marshall Award – “the highest award given by The Wilderness Society to a citizen who advances the cause of American conservation”
  • Redwoods Muse Award – given by California’s Save the Redwoods League for “inspiring people of all ages and descriptions to protect the world’s tallest trees”

Book Awards

Atlantis Saga

Atlantis Rising

  • 2016 International Book Awards Winner – Fiction: Fantasy
  • 2016 International Book Awards Winner – Fiction: Young Adult
  • 2014 Nautilus Book Award — Gold Award Winner, Young Adult Fiction
  • 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Fiction: Fantasy
  • 2013 LM_Net Librarians – Best Books List
  • 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Celebrating youthful curiosity, discovery and learning through books and reading) – Silver Award Winner
  • 2013 LongandShortReviews.com – October Book of the Month

Atlantis in Peril

  • 2016 Best Book Awards Winner – Fiction: Fantasy
  • 2016 Best Book Awards Winner – Fiction: Young Adult
  • 2015 Nautilus Book Award – Silver Award Winner, Young Adult Fiction

The Merlin Saga

The Lost Years of Merlin epic

Book 1: The Lost Years

  • 2014 Hypable.com – Named one of “Five Books That Change Lives” by Hypable.com
  • 2009 Pennsylvania Reading Olympics Book List
  • 2006 Named in “500 Great Books for Teens” by Anita Silvey
  • 2003 American Library Association — Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • 2000 Virginia Young Readers List
  • 2000 Georgia Children’s Book Award — Nominee
  • 2000 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award — Nominee
  • 1999 Texas Lone Star Book
  • 1999 South Carolina Book Award — Master List
  • 1998 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award — Nominee
  • 1998 ABA Children’s Books Mean Business List
  • 1997 Colorado Book Award — Nominee
  • 1997 Children’s Book Council — “Not Just For Children Anymore” List
  • 1997 American Library Association — Best Books for Young Adults
  • 1997 The New York Public Library — Best Books for the Teen Age

Book 2: The Seven Songs

  • 2011 Pennsylvania Reading Olympics Book List
  • 2002 BookReview.com — Book of the Month
  • 1999 International Reading Association — Young Adults’ Choice List
  • 1998 Curriculum Administrator Magazine — Top 100
  • 1998 Children’s Book Council — “Not Just For Children Anymore” Award
  • 1998 ABA Children’s Books Mean Business List
  • 1998 Colorado Book Award — Nominee
  • 1998 ALA Booklist — Top Ten Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels
  • 1998 American Library Association — Best Books for Young Adults Nominee

Book 3: The Raging Fires

  • 2000 Colorado Children’s Book Award — Nominee
  • 1999 Voice of Youth Advocates — Best Books of the Year
  • 1999 ALA Booklist — Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels
  • 1999 Administrator Magazine — Top 100 Curriculum
  • 1999 Reading Circle of the Missouri State Teachers Association Award
  • 1999 Westchester County Library System (New York) — Outstanding Books of the Year
  • 1999 American Library Association — Best Books for Young Adults Nominee

Book 4: The Mirror of Fate

  • 2000 Colorado Book Award — Nominee

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Book 5: A Wizard’s Wings

  • 2002 Bank Street College of Education — Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • 2001 Nautilus Book Award — Grand Prize Winner
  • 2001 ALA Booklist — Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels
  • 2000 Colorado Book Award — Nominee
  • 2000 BookSense Bestseller

Merlin’s Dragon trilogy

Book 6: The Dragon of Avalon

  • 2010 M. Jerry Weiss Book Award given by the New Jersey Reading Association
  • 2010 German Book of the Month Selection (Tipp des Monats)
  • 2009 Nautilus Book Award
  • 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (“Celebrating youthful curiosity, discovery and learning through books and reading”) – Silver Award Winner
  • 2008 Best Children’s Books selected by LM-Net

Book 7: Doomraga’s Revenge

  • 2010 Nautilus Book Award — Gold Winner
  • 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (“Celebrating youthful curiosity, discovery and learning through books and reading”) — Gold Award Winner

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Book 8: Ultimate Magic

  • 2011 Nautilus Book Award — Gold Winner
  • 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (“Celebrating youthful curiosity, discovery and learning through books and reading”) — Gold Award Winner

The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy

Book 9: The Great Tree of Avalon

  • 2006 New York Times Series bestseller
  • 2005 Nautilus Book Award — Grand Prize Winner
  • 2008 Bertelsmann Book Club Selection (Germany)
  • 2005 Colorado Book Award — Nominee
  • 2004 New York Times bestseller
  • 2004 American Library Association — Best Book for Young Adults Nominee

Book 10: Shadows on the Stars

  • 2006 New York Times Series bestseller
  • 2006 American Library Association — Best Book for Young Adults Nominee
  • 2005 BookSense Pick

Book 11: The Eternal Flame

  • 2007 Nautilus Book Award — Grand Prize Winner
  • 2006 New York Times Series bestseller
  • 2008 Blue Spruce Young Adult Award — Finalist
  • 2007 Colorado Book Award — Finalist

Merlin Saga Companion

Book 12: Merlin: The Book of Magic

  • 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist in Fiction: Fantasy
  • 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist in Fiction: Young Adult

Adventures of Kate Books

The Ancient One

  • 2014 The Huffington Post — Named One of the Nine Best Trees in Literature
  • 2007 Wenatchee, Washington — Community Discussion Book of the Year
  • 2002 Steamboat Springs, Colorado — Community Discussion Book of the Year
  • 1995 Pacific Northwest Library Association — Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee
  • 1994 International Reading Association — Young Adult Choice List
  • 1994 Colorado Blue Spruce Award — Nominee
  • 1994 Georgia Children’s Book Award — Nominee
  • 1994 PEN Center USA West Literary Award — Nominee
  • 1993 American Library Association — Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
  • 1993 The New York Public Library — Best Books for the Teen Age
  • 1992 Colorado Book Award — Nominee
  • 1992 Parents Magazine — Best Books of 1992
  • 1992 Voice of Youth Advocates — Best Books of the Year

Heartlight Saga Combined Edition

  • 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Fiction: Young Adult
  • 2014 National Parenting Publications Honors Award

Heartlight

  • 1991 Buzzworm, The Environmental Journal Pick

The Merlin Effect

  • 2000 Best of the Texas Lone Star Reading Lists
  • 1998 Utah Book Award
  • 1997 Texas Lone Star Book
  • 1996 Kansas State Reading Circle Award
  • 1996 Colorado Blue Spruce Award — Nominee
  • 1995 Colorado Book Award

Chapter Books

Tree Girl

  • 2004 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award — Nominee
  • 2002 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2002 BookReview.com — Book of the Month
  • 2002 Bank Street College of Education — Best Children’s Books of the Year

Nonfiction Books

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The Hero’s Trail

  • 2016 International Book Awards Finalist – Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • 2015 USA Best Book Award — Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • 2015 Nonfiction Book Awards — Gold Award
  • 2010 Burr Elementary, Fairfield, Connecticut All-school Book Choice
  • 2008 Baltimore, Maryland — Calvert Hall College HS Community Discussion Book
  • 2008 Burlington, Washington — High School Community Discussion Book
  • 2008 Springfield, Pennsylvania — Community Discussion Book of the Year
  • 2007 Utah Student Library Advisor Community Reading Selection
  • 2007 Davis, Utah — Community Discussion Book of the Year
  • 2005 International Reading Association — Teachers’ Choice
  • 2004 Nautilus Book Award — Grand Prize Winner
  • 2003 Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
  • 2002 Colorado Book Award — Nominee

The Wisdom of Merlin

  • 2016 Best Book Awards Finalist – Self-Help: Motivational
  • 2016 Best Book Awards Finalist – Spirituality: Inspirational
  • 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award – Gold Medal Winner, Mind-Body-Spirit / Self-Esteem Category
  • 2016 International Book Awards Winner – Self-Help Motivational

Picture Books

The Day the Stones Walked

  • 2008 Storytelling World Award — Best Books for Young Readers
  • 2008 Nautilus Book Award — Gold Award Winner, Illustrated Children’s Books
  • 2008 Colorado Book Award — Finalist
  • 2007 Virginia Readers’ Choice Award — Nominee

Ghost Hands

  • 2012 Nautilus Book Award — Silver Award Winner, Illustrated Children’s Books
  • 2012 Character Building Counts — Gold Seal Award (“celebrating honor, integrity, honesty, and decency — in essays and books”)

High as a Hawk

  • 2010 Burr Elementary, Fairfield, Connecticut All-school Book Choice
  • 2005 Arkansas Diamond Award — Nominee
  • 2005 Nautilus Book Award — Finalist
  • 2005 Colorado Book Award — Nominee
  • 2004 Junior Library Guild Selection

Where is Grandpa?

  • 2003 Book-of-the-Month Selection for El Paso, Texas Language to Literacy Program (April)
  • 2001 Maryland Children’s Book Award — Nominee
  • 2000 Colorado Book Award — Nominee
  • 2000 Texas Bluebonnet Award — Nominee
  • 2000 New Jersey Educational Media Association — Best Books of the Year
  • 2000 Book-of-the-Month for University of Wisconsin’s Center for Children’s Literature

Nature Books

To Walk in Wilderness

  • 1994 Colorado Book Award — Nominee

Rocky Mountain National Park: A 100 Year Perspective

  • 1996 Colorado Book Award

Audio Books

Merlin Saga – Great Tree of Avalon Trilogy

Book 9: The Great Tree of Avalon

  • 2005 School Library Journal — Audio Book of the Week
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