California Book Award Winners

Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored the exceptional literary merit of California writers and publishers.

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The Black Kids

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4.06 avg rating — 9,316 ratings
California Book Award for Young Adult Silver (2020)
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Golden Gates: Fighting for ...

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4.08 avg rating — 2,122 ratings
California Book Award for Nonfiction Silver (2020)
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Interior Chinatown

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3.99 avg rating — 49,740 ratings
California Book Award for First Fiction Silver (2020)
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California Exposures: Envis...

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4.38 avg rating — 13 ratings
California Book Award for Californiana (2020)
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Quiet Orient Riot

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4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings
California Book Award for Poetry Gold (2020)
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Private Lessons

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3.45 avg rating — 310 ratings
California Book Award for Young Adult Gold (2020)
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Efrén Divided

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4.31 avg rating — 4,586 ratings
California Book Award for Juvenile Gold (2020)
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South to Freedom: Runaway S...

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4.21 avg rating — 180 ratings
California Book Award for Nonfiction Gold (2020)
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How Much of These Hills Is ...

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3.80 avg rating — 20,792 ratings
California Book Award for First Fiction Gold (2020)
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A Registry of My Passage up...

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3.73 avg rating — 990 ratings
California Book Award for Fiction Gold (2020)
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The Dreamt Land: Chasing Wa...

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4.43 avg rating — 893 ratings
California Book Award for Californiana (2019)
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Know My Name

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4.72 avg rating — 155,390 ratings
California Book Award for Nonfiction Silver (2019)
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Last of Her Name

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4.12 avg rating — 439 ratings
California Book Award for First Fiction Silver (2019)
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Magical Negro

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4.31 avg rating — 2,534 ratings
California Book Award for Poetry Gold (2019)
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Frankly in Love

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3.74 avg rating — 26,877 ratings
California Book Award for Young Adult Gold (2019)
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A Place to Belong

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4.08 avg rating — 1,320 ratings
California Book Award for Juvenile Gold (2019)
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The Heartbeat of Wounded Kn...

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4.23 avg rating — 5,132 ratings
California Book Award for Nonfiction Gold (2019)
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Home Remedies

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3.75 avg rating — 1,306 ratings
California Book Award for First Fiction Gold (2019)
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Your House Will Pay

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4.11 avg rating — 8,257 ratings
California Book Award for Fiction Gold (2019)
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American Prison: A Reporter...

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4.23 avg rating — 10,870 ratings
California Book Award for Nonfiction Silver (2018)
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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3.95 avg rating — 16,003 ratings
California Book Award for First Fiction Silver (2018)
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Winter Kept Us Warm

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3.70 avg rating — 421 ratings
California Book Award for Fiction Silver (2018)
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The Browns of California: T...

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4.31 avg rating — 295 ratings
California Book Award for Californiana (2018)
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Picture Us in the Light

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4.10 avg rating — 4,512 ratings
California Book Award for Young Adult Gold (2018)
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The Language of Spells

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3.86 avg rating — 820 ratings
California Book Award for Juvenile Gold (2018)
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The Library Book

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3.90 avg rating — 106,359 ratings
California Book Award for Nonfiction Gold (2018)
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There There

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3.99 avg rating — 158,487 ratings
California Book Award for First Fiction Gold (2018)
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The Mars Room

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3.47 avg rating — 40,075 ratings
California Book Award for Fiction Gold (2018)
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The Modoc War: A Story of G...

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4.21 avg rating — 43 ratings
California Book Award for Californiana (Gold) (2017)
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The 57 Bus: A True Story of...

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4.15 avg rating — 31,154 ratings
California Book Award for Young Adult (Gold) (2017)
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