We are thrilled to announce that three Luminis titles have won 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards! Congratulations!
GOLD MEDAL ~ Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup
BRONZE MEDAL ~ Maybe I Will By Laurie Gray
BRONZE MEDAL ~ The Field by Tracy Richardson
See all the winners at Independent Publisher
2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
“Celebrating Youthful Curiosity, Discovery and Learning through Books and Learning”
“The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs.”
“The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Authors Laurie Gray, Chris Katsaropoulos and Tracy Richardson were at the American Library Association conference in Chicago recently signing books! We gave away lots of free books to librarians because they are the Champions of Reading! Being at ALA is such fun because it is ALL ABOUT BOOKS and people who love them as much as we do.
Chris Katsaropoulos signing his novel Antiphony
People were very intrigued with the idea “What if the Universe is a giant thought?” ~String Theory physics and consciousness in a novel. Katsaropoulos does it all with beautifully written prose.
Laurie Gray signing copies of Maybe I Will
Maybe I Will is getting a lot of Top Ten recommendations from the Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) galley reviewers!
Tracy Richardson signing ARC’s of The Field
Is Eric’s almost supernatural skill in the goal due to athletic ability or something much, much more?
MAYBE I WILL is a freaking awesome book! ~ That’s what Haley, 17, a YALSA (young adult library service assn) teen reviewer says.
Lindsey, YA Librarian extraordinaire, read MAYBE I WILL and loved it. She gave it to her four teen readers, but covered up the back of the book where it says that the reader is never told whether Sandy is a boy or a girl. The result? All four teens had “their minds blown” and it led to an excellent discussion about sexual assualt and how Sandy copes.
Read Lindsey’s full post about her experiment and the teen reviews at her website In All Series-ousness
It’s not about sex.
It’s about how one secret act of violence changes everything—how best friends can desert you when you need them most, how nobody understands. It’s about the drinking and stealing and lying and wondering who you can trust. It’s about parents and teachers, police officers and counselors—all the people who are supposed to help you, but who may not even believe you.
It’s about how suddenly all of your hopes and dreams can vanish, and you can find yourself all alone, with nothing and no one. Your only choice is to end it all or to start over…and all you can think is Maybe I Will.
“In Maybe I Will, Laurie Gray writes about important topics that teens need to talk about, including sexual assault, friendship, and alcoholism or self-destructive behaviors that result from trauma. Maybe I Will may help some teens know they’re not alone.”
“Sandy is written so as to be readable as either male or female…the book’s portrayal is largely successful, and the note it hits at the end is hopeful without being unrealistic. A careful treatment of a difficult topic.”
Maybe I Will is story that stirs reader emotions and shares a meaningful story. I would recommend it to teenagers who enjoy realistic fiction and books like Speak.
~VBat (17) at LitPik
“Gray’s background as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and her talent as a writer enabled [her] to craft characters whose emotions, motivations, and reactions seem realistic and utterly believable. I would definitely recommend Maybe I Will for high school age readers, but I think it’s important that parents or teachers read it with the students. Kids will probably have questions about what they read and will benefit from discussing this topic with a trusted adult.”
~Ross Brand, The Trades
Visit the Luminis website to purchase the book!
Readers will learn new techniques for surviving the teen years and life’s unfair, unjust events. Maybe I Will is an essential purchase for libraries with young adults requesting books like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, A Child Called It, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones.
Maybe I Will leaves the reader with hope. There is hope, there are ways to survive the bad, and there are people out there to help. The reality is that the bad is not always sufficiently punished in our legal system. But Maybe I Will may be the title that helps a teen open up and tell someone, rather than continue to suffer in silence.
Diane R. Kelly ~ Practically Paradise