Editor's note: Reviews of this year's High Plains Book Award winners are below. Reviews will be added weekly in September. 

The High Plains Book Awards recognizes regional literary works that examine and reflect life on the High Plains, including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Content is provided by independent reviewers in conjunction with the 2021 High Plains Book Awards. Books may be purchased at This House of Books, 224 N Broadway. 

In lieu of an in-person award ceremony, the winners will be announced on highplainsbookawards.org and in The Gazette.

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August, the protagonist of his evocative coming of age tale, is often an observer, and through him, Wink introduces us to people we might have gone to school with or met in some small prairie town, the kind with little houses whose walls contain history but have seen better days.

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