Awards: National Outdoor Books; Guardian Children's Fiction

The winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards, sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, are:

Outdoor Literature:
Winner: Fast Into the Night by Debbie Clarke Moderow
Honorable Mention: Portage by Sue Leaf

Nature History Literature winner: A Sea of Glass by Drew Harvell

Winner: The Ghosts of K2 by Mick Conefrey
Honorable mention: Continental Divide by Maurice Isserman
Honorable mention: Valley Walls by Glen Denny

Design & Artistic Merit:
Winner: The Living Bird, photography by Gerrit Vyn
Winner: Yosemite in the Fifties, design by Tom Adler and Evan Backes
Honorable mention: Todd and Brad Reed's Michigan, photography by Todd and Brad Reed

Nature and the Environment winner: Victory Gardens for Bees by Lori Weidenhammer

Winner: Chasing at the Surface by Sharon Mentyka
Honorable mention: Wake Up, Island by Mary Casanova

Classic winner: Over the Edge by Michael P. Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers

Nature Guidebooks:
Winner: Mushrooms of the Northeast by Teresa Marrone and Walt Sturgeon
Honorable mention: Pacific Seaweeds by Louis D. Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston

Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks winner: Hiking Acadia National Park by Dolores Kong and Dan Ring

Instructional honorable mention: Winter in the Wilderness by Dave Hall and Jon Ulrich


Alex Wheatle won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for Crongton Knights. Jury member and last year's winner David Almond said the novel "hums with the beat of real life and the language sings from the page.... I love this book. It's elegant, authentic and humane. This is mature, powerful writing by an author with great talent and great heart." S.F. Said, also on the panel, noted that "Wheatle's writing is poetic, rhythmic and unique, remaking the English language with tremendous verve. Though Crongton is his invention, it resonates with many urban situations, not only in Britain but around the world. Crongton Knights is a major novel from a major voice in British children's literature."

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