The characters from the book Finding a Friend are celebrating that they won first place. They are all playing instruments
Finding a Friend Wins Gold in Feathered Quill Book Awards

Grab your surfboards, Shark Fans! We’re riding a wave of exciting news. 🏄‍♂️ We’re over the moon to announce Finding a Friend clinched Gold at the 2024 Feathered Quill Book Awards!🏅 This splash-tacular debut gem from our Shark Stories series topped the “Best of Backlist” category. That’s right, we snagged first place! This award shines a spotlight on our fin-tastic friend, Deep Blue—a super friendly great white shark swimming through the ocean of life, determined to find friendship. It’s more than an adventure; it’s a journey that warms hearts and teaches young readers about the power of friendship. Let’s dive in and celebrate the wave of success with Deep Blue and her friends! 🌊💙

Fulfilling Aspirations

Our jaws are dropping with excitement as we ride the wave of success. Kadysha and I poured our hearts into crafting a story that not only entertains, but also educates and inspires children. Winning the Feathered Quill Book Award is a testament to our passion behind the creation of the Shark Stories series. This has propelled Finding a Friend to new heights, proving that with dedication, you can reach even the deepest depths. This award is not just a gold medal. It’s a testament to the power of storytelling in fostering emotional development and empathy in young minds.

Catching Waves with Deep Blue

Finding a Friend follows the journey of Deep Blue, the happiest and kindest great white shark you’ll ever meet. She is on an epic quest to find friendship in the big blue sea. But beware, folks, because being one of the largest sharks in the world comes with its fair share of challenges! Through encounters with a colorful cast of sea creatures, Deep Blue learns valuable lessons about the true meaning of friendship, kindness, and empathy. My storytelling magic (if I do say so myself) and Kadysha’s vibrant illustrations bring this heartwarming story to life, making it a valuable resource for social-emotional lessons and character development in young readers.

Join the Shark Frenzy!

Lets’ ride the wave of success together! Join the Shark Stories community by sharing your own stories of friendship and kindness on social using the hashtag #MySharkStories. Let’s continue to spread the message of empathy, resilience, and the power of being ourselves. Whether you’re swimming through the pages of Finding a Friend, sharing a tale of your own, or simply spreading some sea-sational vibes, let’s make a splash and inspire children to overcome obstacles, embrace their uniqueness, and make a positive impact in the world.

Our Appreciation

As we hang ten on this remarkable achievement, we want to extend a massive thank you to the Feathered Quill Book Awards for recognizing Finding a Friend and to our readers for their unwavering support. Together, let’s continue to journey with Deep Blue and the Shark Stories series, empowering young readers to Be Kind, Be Brave, and Be Strong! With every flip of the fin, we’re making the world a brighter, kinder place, one wave at a time! 🦈🌊✨

Check out the book trailer here and click here to grab your copy of Finding a Friend. What’s your favorite part of Deep Blue’s journey?

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