Karchut, Darby

Author Darby Karchut
Birth State
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, former teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her many books include Del Toro Moon (middle grade fantasy series) and On a Good Horse (middle grade contemporary). She is the recipient of the Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award, the IPPY Silver Award, and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby can be found wrangling words. 

Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads.


For Griffin Rising: 2011 Sharp Writ Book of the Year
For Griffin Rising: 2012 Gold Medal Children's Literary Classics
For Griffin's Fire: 2012 Finalist, Sharp Writ Book Award
For Griffin's Fire: 2012 Readers' Favorite Bronze Award, Young Adult
For Money and Teens: 2013 EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Book of the Year
For Finn Finnegan: 2014 IPPY Silver Medal for Juvenile Fiction
For Gideon's Spear: 2014 International Reader's Favorite Bronze Medal
For Stag Lord: 2016 USA Book News Best Book Award Finalist
For Stone's Heart: 2016 Chatelaine Award Finalist
For Del Toro Moon: 2019 Colorado Book Award, Juvenile Literature
For On A Good Horse: 2021 High Plains Book Award, Children’s Literature
For On A Good Horse: 2021 Will Rogers Medallion Award, Juvenile Literature
MA in Education - The Colorado College ; BA in Anthropology - The University of New Mexico
Published Works Book Jackets
Book cover for Del Toro Moon
Book cover for The Red Casket
Book cover for Mace and Hammer
Book cover for On a Good Horse
PAL member of the SCBWI ; member of the Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
Speaker Topics
Craft of Writing - Genre Fiction - Middle Grade and YA Fiction