South Carolina native and Texas resident Varian Johnson is an engineer and the award-winning author of six novels, including the Jackson Greene middle-grade series. The first book in the series, The Great Greene Heist, was an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and has been named to more than 25 state reading and best-of lists. His books for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus and Saving Maddie.
History, Young ReadersBorn Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist
Young ReadersAim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith’s Race to Complete Amelia Earhart’s Quest
Non-Fiction, South Dakota Authors, Young ReadersThe World Is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings
South Dakota Authors, Young ReadersLong-armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics