Spur Awards
2017
Off the Grid:
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2016
Crazy Mountain Kiss:
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2015
Bad Country
 C.B. McKenzie
Book list A series of murders in remote Los Jarros County in southernmost Arizona soon involves PI Rodeo Grace Garnet: the fourth victim is found sho...More
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2014
Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
 James Lee Burke
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2013
Light of the world : a Dave Robicheaux novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   James Lee Burke
2012 (Western Short Novel)
Tuckers reckoning : a Ralph Compton novel
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2012 (Western Long Novel)
The Coyote tracker
 Larry D Sweazy
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2012 (Original Mass Market Paperback)
With blood in their eyes
 Thomas Cobb
Publishers Weekly In this gripping 20th-century western, Cobb (Crazy Heart) presents a fictionalized account of the bloodiest shootout in Arizona h...More
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2012 (Western Short Novel)
Legacy of a Lawman: A Western Story
Click to search this book in our catalog   Johnny D. Boggs
Book list Boggs, one of the more interesting and exciting of today's western writers, nails another one with this story, based on true events, of...More
2012 (Western Long Novel)
Remember Ben Clayton
Click to search this book in our catalog   Stephen Harrigan
Book list *Starred Review* Like the statue at its center, Harrigan's novel is a stunning work of art resting on a solid base of heartbreak. The a...More
 
2012 (Original Mass Market Paperback)
West Texas Kill
 Johnny D. Boggs
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2011 (Western Short Novel)
Snowbound
 Richard S. Wheeler
Book list John Charles Fremont (1813-90), the mathematics teacher, military man, presidential candidate, and explorer, lived a storied life. In this ...More
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2011 (Western Long Novel)
Last Train from Cuernavaca
Click to search this book in our catalog   Lucia St. Clair Robson
2011 (Original Mass Market Paperback)
Damnation Road
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2010 (Western Short Novel)
Far Bright Star
 Robert Olmstead
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2010 (Western Long Novel)
Echoes of Glory
 Robert Flynn
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2010 (Original Mass Market Paperback)
Stranger in Thunder Basin
Click to search this book in our catalog   John D. Nesbitt.
2009 (Western Short Novel)
Another mans moccasins
Click to search this book in our catalog   Craig Johnson.
Library Journal Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Kindness Goes Unpunished) flashes back to his Vietnam War experiences when a photograph of him is fo...More
 
2009 (Western Long Novel)
Shavetail : a novel
 Thomas Cobb.
Library Journal A shavetail is a young mule paired with an older mule to learn its work. Brickner, who is as wise and as contrary as any old mule, ...More
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2009 (Original Mass Market Paperback)
Trouble at the Redstone
 John D. Nesbitt.
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2009 (First Novel)
Gods thunderbolt : the vigilantes of Montana
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Carol Buchanan.
2008 (Western Nonfiction Biography)
Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America
Click to search this book in our catalog   Meredith Mason Brown
Book list Long before his death in 1820 at the age of 85, the exploits, both real and exaggerated, of Daniel Boone were embedded in our national lore...More
 
2008 (Western Novel)
The God of Animals
 Aryn Kyle
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2009 (Western Nonfiction Historical)
Hunting the American West : the pursuit of big game for life, profit, and sport from 1800-1900
 Richard C. Rattenbury ; foreword by E. Norman Flayderman.
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2009 (Western Nonfiction Contemporary)
Full-court quest : the girls from Fort Shaw Indian School, basketball champions of the world
Click to search this book in our catalog   Linda Peavy ; Ursula Smith.
Book list At the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, the girls' basketball team from the tiny Fort Shaw Indian School of Montana bested the field...More
2009 (Juvenile Fiction)
I am Apache
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tanya Landman.
Book list Landman uses the tale of the woman who fought at the side of Geronimo as the kernel for her characters, world making, and plot, all of whic...More
 
2009 (Juvenile Nonfiction)
The trial of Standing Bear
 by Frank Keating, Paintings by Mike Wimmer.
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2009 (Storyteller Award)
The wheat doll
 Alison L. Randall ; illustrated by Bill Farnsworth.
Book list Based on events that took place in rural nineteenth-century Utah, this story should resonate with twenty-first-century children who have gr...More
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2008 (Nonfiction Contemporary)
Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers
Click to search this book in our catalog   Robert M. Utley
Publishers Weekly In this follow-up to Lone Star Justice, Utley tells how the Texas Rangers entered the 20th century as an effective if idiosyncrat...More
2008 (Young Readers)
Doubtful Canon
Click to search this book in our catalog   Johnny D. Boggs
 
2007 (Western Novel)
The Night Journal
 Elizabeth Crook
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2007 (Nonfiction Contemporary)
Copper Chorus: Mining, Politics and the Montana press
 Dennis L. Swibold
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2007 (Young Readers)
Geronimo
Click to search this book in our catalog   Joseph Bruchac
Book list Gr. 7-10. While Bruchac's unnamed narrator is fictional, this novel of Geronimo, the great Chiricahua Apache, is grounded in facts. It...More
2006 (Western Novel - tie)
Camp Ford: A Western Story
Click to search this book in our catalog   Johnny D. Boggs
Book list In 1946 99-year-old Win McNaughton is an honored guest at a World Series game in St. Louis. He has spent a lifetime in and around baseball...More
 
2006 (Western Novel - tie)
The Undertakers Wife
 Loren D. Estleman
Publishers Weekly As in The Master Executioner, his 2001 tour de force, Estleman picks an unpopular profession and draws from it two compelling cha...More
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2006 (Novel of the West)
High Country: A Novel
 Willard Wyman
Library Journal Wyman's first novel tells the tale of Ty Hardin, a quiet young man who becomes a kind of legend in the Montana mountains. Reade...More
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2006 (Young Readers)
Black Storm Comin
Click to search this book in our catalog   Diane Lee Wilson
Book list Gr. 7-10. On a wagon train headed to California, Colton is left to care for his family after his father accidentally shoots him and then r...More
2005 (Western Novel)
Buy the Chief a Cadillac
Click to search this book in our catalog   Rick Steber
Publishers Weekly In 1954, the U.S. government, under the Indian Termination Act, "incorporated" a great deal of Indian land on the Pacifi...More
 
2005 (Novel of the West)
People of the Raven
 Michael Gear
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2005 (Young Readers)
Fire in the Hole
 Mary Cronk Farrell
Book list Gr. 5-8. Bookish Mick O'Shea dreams of college and a career in journalism; he has no desire to follow Da into the mines in turn-of-the...More
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2004 (Western Novel)
I Should Be Extremely Happy In Your Company
Click to search this book in our catalog   Brian Hall
Publishers Weekly Though it joins a crowded field of Lewis and Clark narratives, this formidable third novel by Hall (The Saskiad) is not to be dis...More
2004 (Novel of the West)
So Wild A Dream
Click to search this book in our catalog   Win Blevins
Book list Life in rural Pennsylvania in the 1820s doesn't hold much appeal for young, adventurous, ambitious Sam Morgan. He decides to make his ...More
 
2004 (Young Readers)
In The Eye of the Storm: The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill
 Cody Kimmel
Book list Gr. 3^-7. This third installment in the Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill series finds nine-year-old Bill trying to run the family homeste...More
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2003 (Western Novel)
The Chili Queen
 Sandra Dallas
Book list The author tweaks the Western genre with her newest historical novel. Retired shortchange-artist-turned-madam Addie French meets Emma Rob...More
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2003 (Novel of the West)
Perma Red
Click to search this book in our catalog   Debra Magpie Earling
Choice A Native American, Earling (English, Univ. of Montana) has written a remarkable first novel that rivals N. Scott Momaday's House Made of ...More
2003 (Young Readers)
The Big Burn
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jeanette Ingold
Publishers Weekly Ingold (Pictures, 1918) captures the momentum of a wildfire in this historical novel about "the big burn" that scorched ...More
 
2002 (Best Western)
The Way of the Coyote
 Elmer Kelton
Publishers Weekly As gratifying as a McMurtry side plot and with more gritty excitement than just about any Hollywood cowboy flick, this outing hig...More
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2002 (Novel of the West)
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
 Brady Udall
Book list The opening sentence sets the tone for this gripping novel--Edgar Mint says, "If I could tell you only one thing about my life, it w...More
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2002 (Best Juvenile)
Rockbuster
Click to search this book in our catalog   Gloria Skurzynski,
Book list Gr. 6-12. On a trip to watch the trial of union organizer Big Bill Haywood, 10-year-old Tommy accidentally blows his pro-union uncle'...More
2001 (Western Novel)
Summer of Pearls
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mike Blakley
Publishers Weekly Homespun western charm flavors Blakely's slim historical fiction about one of the many "pearl rushes" that occurred b...More
 
2001 (Novel of the West)
The Gates of the Alamo
 Stephen Harrigan
Publishers Weekly Settling his fictional cast firmly at the heart of 19th-century Texas, novelist Harrigan (Jacob's Well) retells the story of th...More
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2001 (Best Juvenile)
The Midnight Train Home
 Erika Tamar
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2000 (Western Novel)
Masterson
Click to search this book in our catalog   Richard S. Wheeler
2000 (Novel of the West)
Prophet Annie
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ellen Recknor
Publishers Weekly Spur Award-winner Recknor (Leaving Missouri) offers a daffy, highly original western told in the voice of a sassy and bewildered he...More
 
2000 (Best Juvenile)
Wrango
 Brian Burks
Book list Gr. 5^-8. Basing his story on the early years of African American cowboy George McJunkin, Burks spins a historical tale about a young man w...More
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1999 (Western Novel)
Journey of the Dead
 Loren Estleman
School Library Journal YA-In this elegantly conceived western, Billy the Kid's death haunts his killer until such time as Pat Garrett, the murder...More
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1999 (Novel of the West)
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Liddie Newton
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jane Smiley
Library Journal A woman whose abolitionist husband is murdered in 1850s Kansas cuts her hair and tracks his killers to Missouri. A 200,000-copy first...More
1999 (Best Juvenile)
Petey
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ben Mikaelson
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-This ambitious book succeeds on a number of levels. It is based on a true, tragic situation in which Petey, born with ...More
 
1998 (Western Novel)
The Kiowa Verdict
 Cynthia Haseloff
Publishers Weekly Mining a critical but little-known event in the history of relations between Native Americans and whites, Haseloff (Man Without Med...More
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1998 (Novel of the West)
Comanche Moon
 Larry McMurtry
Book list At the conclusion of McMurtry's epic masterpiece, Lonesome Dove, Ranger Woodrow Call is haunted by the human cost of his determination ...More
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1998 (Best Juvenile)
Danger Along the Ohio
Click to search this book in our catalog   Patricia Willis
Book list Gr. 4^-7. When Shawnee Indians raid the settlement where their flatboat is moored, 13-year-old Amos and his younger sister and brother free...More
1996 (Western Novel)
Blood of Texas
Click to search this book in our catalog   Will Camp
 
1996 (Novel of the West)
Sierra
 Richard Wheeler
Library Journal Ulysses McQueen leaves his wife on the family farm in Iowa to seek his fortune in the California gold rush just as Steven Jarvis is m...More
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1996 (Best Juvenile)
Far North
 Will Hobbs
Book list Gr. 7^-12. After their plane and its pilot plunge over a thundering falls, 15-year-old Gabe, his DeneIndian boarding-school roommate Raymon...More
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