James Patterson, Marcus Samuelsson Featured in October issue of ‘Story Monsters Ink’

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CHANDLER, AZ (September, 2015) – With over 300 million copies of his books sold worldwide, James Patterson is one of the most prolific and successful authors on the planet. While he continues to write the suspenseful thriller novels his devotees clamor for as well as the children’s books that have gained him a whole new fan base, he’s also become a major champion for literacy. He recently pledged to donate $1.75 million to school libraries through a grant program with Scholastic Reading Club. “I’m really passionate about getting kids reading,” said Patterson in a recent interview with Story Monsters Ink magazine. “If kids aren’t competent readers in middle school, they’re going to have a really hard time getting through high school and getting through life.” Patterson also discussed his career, his newest books and how he instilled a love of reading in his own son.

From his humble beginning in Ethiopia, restaurateur, chef, television food personality and author Marcus Samuelsson has risen to the highest culinary ranks. Samuelsson talks with Story Monsters Ink about his latest book, Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life detailing his long, gastronomical journey to the top and highlighting those times when his future was muddled and uncertain. It is a must-read for any aspiring chef.

Also featured in the October issue, photographer Jonathan Diaz creates a treasury of modern-day fairy tales based on the lives of children who all have two things in common: they have very big dreams and they are all cancer patients. Child actor and philanthropist Gabe Eggerling talks about his mission to donate as many books as he can to underprivileged children, and award-winning author Gale Leach tells us about her road to writing.

Story Monsters Ink is a monthly, family magazine that gives kids, parents and educators the latest news on award-winning and debut books and products, reviews, recipes, activities, a Spanish language column and a science and nature column written by award-winning author Conrad J. Storad.

What began as a monthly newsletter has turned into a major magazine with subscribers across the globe, advertisers clamoring to get a spot in each issue and featured interviews with Rosemary Wells, Garcelle Beauvais, Claudine Pepin, NASA Astronaut Jerry L. Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Arizona Cardinals wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Sesame Street’s Caroll Spinney.

“I wanted to publish a magazine for a very long time,” says Linda F. Radke, founder and president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “Story Monsters Ink is an exciting fulfillment of that dream. As a parent and former educator myself, I recognize the value of instilling a love of reading and writing in children, and I have a tremendous team to work with in developing this publication each month. We’ve definitely created a monster of a magazine.”

“Our ultimate goal is to promote children’s literacy, and we involve children in the production of Story Monsters Ink by asking them to write book reviews, poems, articles, etc., and we publish their work in each issue,” adds Cristy Bertini, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “Children love seeing their work printed in the magazine, and we love encouraging them to read and write as much as possible.”

To subscribe to Story Monsters Ink, visit www.StoryMonsters.com. Digital subscriptions are free and 12-month print subscriptions are $39. New print subscribers receive a free Story Monster plush reading buddy. For more information, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

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2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winners Announced

 
Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Winner

$100 Drawing First Place Winner

$100 Drawing First Place Winner

 

CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2016) – Winners of the 2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards have been announced by Five Star Publications, Inc. Fabulous Me, Piper Lee and the Peanut Butter Itch by Tolya L. Thompson and illustrated by Terence Gaylor has earned this year’s $300 Grand Prize as well as a First Place designation in the Best Illustrations and Health categories. Fabulous Me Piper Lee and the Peanut Butter Itch is the first release featuring Piper Lee in the existing line of Smarties Books. Guided by her inner voice, MeMe, Piper Lee struggles to resist the temptation of eating peanut butter even though she knows she is allergic to peanuts. The itch to taste, and the total body itch that follows, provide an unforgettable lesson on food allergies.

The winner of this year’s $100 drawing is Billie Holladay Skelley, author of Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before. Skelley earned First Place awards in the Biography and Historical Nonfiction categories.

Additional first-place winners include: A Mommy's Promise by Connie Cabrina; Cody, The Teeny, Tiny Alpaca by Amber Isaac; The Day Dad Blew Up the Cowshed by Jennifer Somervell, illustrated by Margery Fern; The Grumpy Unicorn by Jennifer Hodge; Daddy's Heart, My Heart, The Purple Heart by Angela Kohout, Madeline Murillo, and Elizabeth Sagi, illustrated by Michael Ryan; Star Sapphire and the Land of Gems by Anthony Pardoe; Liv on Life series by Elizabeth Gorcey, illustrated by Kajiah Jacobs; Don't Play With Your Food: Fu-Fu's Bistro by Giddy Gragert, illustrated by Christina Mattison Ebert; Sammie Street Adventures: Stormy Saturday by Jennifer Blyth, illustrated by Kathy Kerber; The Rabbit Rescuers by Cindy Howard, illustrated by Nancy Lane; Why Can't You Just Like Me? by Cathy A. Carroll; If You Love Honey by Martha Sullivan, illustrated by Cathy Morrison; Mighty Mole and Super Soil by Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Chad Wallace; One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder; The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid by Janet Balletta, illustrated by Estella Mejia; Where is My Grandma? by Niyati Desai-Kadakia, illustrated by Deepa Shah-Chordia; "Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?" An Explanation of Alzheimer's Disease for Children by Max Wallack and Carolyn Given; Tales for Your Monkey's Mind by Steve Michael Reedy, illustrated by Tom Fee; Bee in the Sea by Adam Reed, illustrated by Izzy Bean; Green is Good by Elizabeth Gorcey, illustrated by Kajiah Jacobs; Grandma's Garden by Julie Ann Dolle', illustrated by Gaston Hauviller; Cole's Perfect Puppy - Perfect Puppies - Book One by Frances Crossno; Star Sapphire and the Land of Gems - Book Two: The Raging Torrent by Anthony Pardoe; The Rain of Blood by S.P. Kumar; Goodnight, Campsite by Loretta Sponsler, illustrated by Olga Shevchenko; Going to the Park by Elizabeth Gorcey, illustrated by Kajiah Jacobs; Max and Bear by Pam Saxelby, illustrated by Stephen Adams; Narla and the Hidden Treasure by Lisa Domeny; Beasties by Pat Hall, illustrated by Emmeline Hall Forrestal; Escape into the Mall by Donna LeBlanc, illustrated by Anton Servetnik; My Forgotten Self: A Story About a Girl, A Powerful Encounter, and a Universal Message by Lynyetta G. Willis, Ph.D; Mystery of the Giant Masks of Sanxingdui by Icy Smith, illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski; Somebody Cares: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect by Susan Farber Straus, PhD, illustrated by Claire Keay; What a Bragger! by Lee Ann Mancini, illustrated by Dan Sharp; Dinosaurs Living in My Hair by Jayne M. Rose-Vallee, illustrated by Anni Matsick; Ms. Abrams' Everything Garden by Lisa and Samantha Colodny, illustrated by Ashley Scott; The Alien Logs of Super Jewels by BK Bradshaw, illustrated by Travis Hanson; Inside the Palisade by K.C. Maguire; Let's Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too! by Dr. Bashar Salame, illustrated by Rainer M. Osinger; Once Upon A Zombie Book One: The Color of Fear by Billy Phillips and Jenny Nissenson; and The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E.M. McIntyre.                 

"We had a very tight competition this year and our judges definitely had their work cut out for them," says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to all of our winners.”

The next Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. The early bird deadline is March 1, 2017. Final deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017.

The early bird deadline for the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding literature in all genres, is August 1, 2016. The final deadline is October 1, 2016.

For complete rules and submission forms for these contests, visit DragonflyBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice. For more information about the other programs Story Monsters LLC offers, please visit www.StoryMonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

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6th Annual Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2015)Winners of the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards have been announced by Five Star Publications, Inc. Slow Dancing with a Stranger by Meryl Comer has earned this year’s $300 Grand Prize as well as First Place designations in the Aging and General Nonfiction categories and Honorable Mention in the First-time Author category. An Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer’s advocate, Comer has written a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction. When Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences—the mistakes and the breakthroughs—to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know.

Additional first-place winners include The Tiny Portrait by Heidi Carla, illustrated by Karla Cinquanta, which was also the $100 drawing winner; Bee in the Sea by Adam Reed, illustrated by Izzy Bean; American Mojo Lost and Found: Restoring Our Middle Class Before the World Blows by Peter D. Kiernan;   Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara by Karen Rita Rautenberg; Numbers!: Take the Dog Out by Lynne Dempsey, illustrated by Mandy Newham-Cobb; Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto, illustrated by Kim Sponaugle; Posie Pixie and the Pancakes by Sarah Hill, illustrated by Sarah Mauchline; Posie Pixie and the Snowstorm by Sarah Hill, illustrated by Sarah Mauchline; Hi My Name is Hanna and I'm Adopted by Angie Barton; Colors!: Take the Dog Out by Lynne Dempsey, illustrated by Mandy Newham-Cobb; Castle in Danger by Karen Rita Rautenberg; Simmer and Smoke: A Southern Tale of Grit and Spice by Peggy Lampman; Going to the Park by Elizabeth Gorcey, illustrated by Kajiah Jacobs; and Ashes and Asphalt by Trevor Halloway.

“We had a very tight competition this year and our judges definitely had their work cut out for them," says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to all of our winners.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.RoyalDragonflyBookAwards.com. The next Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. The early bird deadline is August 1, 2016. Final deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016.

The early bird deadline for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding children's literature, is March 1, 2016. The final deadline is May 1, 2016. For complete rules and submission forms for these contests, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice.

The Story Monster Approved! program identifies quality children's books that have been kid-tested and judge-certified, making it easier for buyers to choose exceptional fiction and nonfiction books that parents will approve and youths will enthusiastically devour. Authors interested in having their books considered for the Story Monster Approved! designation should visit www.StoryMonsters.com to download an entry form. There is no deadline to enter and books are judged as they are received.

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Caroll Spinney Brings Decades of Sunny Days to Sesame Street

Beloved puppeteer featured in July issue of 'Story Monsters Ink' magazine

CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2015) – As the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch characters, Caroll Spinney has delivered lasting education lessons to millions of children. “We had a lot of doubters who didn’t believe that television could be a teaching tool,” Spinney recently said in an interview with Story Monsters Ink magazine. “I think we proved them wrong.”

Like most icons of American culture, Big Bird is instantly recognizable. However, the face of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has been tucked inside the 8 foot-tall, yellow-feathered suit for much of the last 46 years remains largely unfamiliar. With the recent release of his documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (Copper Pot Pictures), Spinney talks to Story Monsters Ink about the creation of Sesame Street, his friend Jim Henson and his favorite memories.

Story Monsters Ink is a monthly, family magazine that gives kids, parents and educators the latest news on award-winning and debut books and products, reviews, recipes, activities, a Spanish language column and a science and nature column written by award-winning author Conrad J. Storad.

What began as a monthly newsletter has turned into a major magazine with subscribers across the globe, advertisers clamoring to get a spot in each issue and featured interviews with Rosemary Wells, Garcelle Beauvais, Claudine Pepin, NASA Astronaut Jerry L. Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Jean Louisa Kelly and Lisa Jakub. The July issue also features interviews with Michaela DePrince, Sebastian A. Jones, Barbara Bottner and Dr. Stephanie Cox.

“I wanted to publish a magazine for a very long time,” says Linda F. Radke, founder and president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “Story Monsters Ink is an exciting fulfillment of that dream. As a parent and former educator myself, I recognize the value of instilling a love of reading and writing in children, and I have a tremendous team to work with in developing this publication each month. We’ve definitely created a monster of a magazine.”

“I am so proud of what this publication has become,” adds Cristy Bertini, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “Not only do we feature well-known authors and celebrities, but we also shine a light on independent authors who are not so well-known and trying to find their place in the literary world. Our ultimate goal is to promote children’s literacy, and we involve children in the production of Story Monsters Ink by asking them to write book reviews, poems, articles, etc., and we publish their work in each issue. Children love seeing their work printed in the magazine, and we love encouraging them to read and write as much as possible.”

The magazine’s trademark character, the lovable, green Story Monster made his first appearance in 2013 in a popular book awards program developed by Five Star called Story Monster Approved! to recognize and honor both seasoned and newly published children’s literature authors. And who judges the submissions? Children! After books pass the first round of judging by industry experts, the books are then judged by a panel of students who must also endorse the books before they can receive the official Story Monster seal of approval. “Who better to judge the entries than the children who read them?” says Radke. “We now have panels of student judges in elementary schools all over the US and soon in the UK as well, and we can’t keep up with them! These students take their jobs very seriously and are waiting for more submissions.”

To subscribe to Story Monsters Ink, visit www.StoryMonsters.com. Digital subscriptions are free and 12-month print subscriptions are $39. New print subscribers receive a free Story Monster plush reading buddy. For more information, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

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Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2015)Winners of the 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards have been announced by Five Star Publications, Inc. Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela and Elaine DePrince has earned this year’s $300 Grand Prize as well as a First Place designation in the Biography/Autobiography/Memoir category. Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life. At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. In this engaging, moving and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars.

The winner of this year’s $100 drawing is Barbara Freeman, the author of Sugar: A Princess Pit Bull Finds Her Family and Super Smart Sugar. Freeman earned First Place awards in the Educational/Instructional and Family Matters categories and Honorable Mention in the Animals/Pets category.

Additional first-place winners include My Very Own Bucket Filling from A to Z Coloring Book by Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke; illustrated by Glenn Zimmer; Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto, illustrated by Kim Sponaugle; CougaMongaMingaMan Meets Maggie by Nancy Scalabroni, illustrated by Terri Kelleher; When the Sun Goes Down by Nannette Nocon, illustrated by John Kastner; Gollywood Here I Come! by Terry John Barto, illustrated by Mattia Cerato; The Eel Hunt by Jennifer Somervell, illustrated by Margery Fern; A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters by Mary Jo Nyssen, illustrated by Mike Motz; The Lucky Chipmunk by Sirui Li, illustrated by YingMing Zhao; Muddy Madeleine Meets an Arach-A-Doo by Amanda Stone Norton, illustrated by Veronica V. Jones; Wilson & Bella's Christmas Wish! by Susan Castriota; Hey, Baby, Look! by Kate Shannon, illustrated by Morgan Owens; It's This Monkey's Business by Debra Mares, illustrated by Taylor Christensen; Just Because by Chiquita Camille Payne, illustrated by Jerry Craft; That Mama is a Grouch by Sherry Ellis, illustrated by Don Berry; The Rain Forest Dance by Sandra Fernandez-Achenbach; Your Awesome Brain by Edwin Lee, M.D., F.A.C.E and Jim Huth, illustrated by Bryan Burright; Powder Monkey by Donna M. McDine, illustrated by K.C. Snider; A Place to Call Home: Toby's Tale by G.A. Whitmore; The Gift of Sunderland by J.E. Rogers, illustrated by Guy Atherfold; The Gift of Sunderland (ebook) by J.E. Rogers, illustrated by Guy Atherfold; Eden and Her Happy by Tracy Schlepphorst; If I Could Reach the Sky by Abbe Reichman, illustrated by Charles Berton; It's a Piece of Cake by Laurie Lunsford, illustrated by Brittani Gothard; Noisy Bird Sing-Along by John Himmelman; The Adventures of Paka The Lion Cub by Mary N. Keown, illustrated by Yvonne L. Martin; An Amazing Circus of Phonograms: Act 1 by Mary Jo Nyssen, illustrated by Mike Motz; Explorations of Commander Josh Book One: In Space by Donna LeBlanc, illustrated by Anton Servetnik; Queen Vernita Visits Baja Quail by Dawn Menge, illustrated by Pamela Snyder; Sashi: The Scared Little Sheltie by Linda Greiner, illustrated by Morgan Spicer; The Dandelion Seed's Big Dream by Joseph Anthony, illustrated by Chris Arbo; The Great Danbury State Fair by Theresa Buzaid, illustrated by Steve Dasgupta; Angels, Angels, Everywhere by Michelle Beber, illustrated by Susan Shorter; The Lonely Loon by Margaret Ball Ottman; The Visitor's Choice by Alexander Davidson; If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart by Jill Roman Lord, illustrated by Amy Wummer; Pancakes with Papa: Five Ways to Remember by Dena Albergo Jayson, illustrated by Rainer M. Osinger; and A Place to Call Home: Toby's Tale by G.A. Whitmore  

“We had a very tight competition this year and our judges definitely had their work cut out for them," says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to all of our winners.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.DragonflyBookAwards.com. The next Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. The early bird deadline is March 1, 2016. Final deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.

For complete rules and submission forms for these contests, visit www.DragonflyBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice.

Story Monster Approved! identifies quality children's books that have been kid-tested and judge-certified, making it easier for buyers to choose exceptional fiction and nonfiction books that parents will approve and youths will enthusiastically devour. Authors interested in having their books considered for the Story Monster Approved! designation should visit www.StoryMonsters.com to download an entry form. There is no deadline to enter and books are judged as they are received.

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Kids Can Publish Joins ‘Story Monsters Ink’ Magazine

CHANDLER, AZ (March, 2015)–Getting published in a national magazine just got a lot easier for kids! Children in kindergarten through 12th grade who love to write—and teachers who would like their students to embrace the written word—are now able to submit their writing samples to Kids Can Publish to be considered for publication in the nationally circulated Story Monsters Ink magazine. The magazine recently joined together with Kids Can Publish, a division of Five Star Publications, Inc., to help broaden its audience.

“Partnering the two divisions together makes sense,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “Their objectives complement each other so well, and I think it is important to give young writers—our future generation of authors—a place to have a voice. What better way to do that than to give them an opportunity to participate in the publication of a national magazine?”

In 1985, shortly after leaving her profession as a special education teacher, Linda F. Radke started her own publishing company. In hopes of making the world a better place by promoting tolerance, character, kindness and a love for reading and writing with her books, Radke, an award-winning writer herself, started Five Star Publications, Inc. and soon after, its imprint, Little Five Star. Under the Little Five Star umbrella, Radke has published books like Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome, I Just Am: A Story of Down Syndrome Awareness and Tolerance and When Life Throws You A Curve: One Girl's Triumph Over Scoliosis. All of these books were written by or for children to help people become more compassionate toward each other. Through her experience with Little Five Star, Radke learned children had something important to say. She wanted to give them a platform to do just that, which is why she co-founded Kids Can Publish.

With a subscription base of almost 12,000 and steadily growing, Story Monsters Ink is a free e-digest that gives parents and educators the latest news on award-winning and debut books, profiles on both renowned and newly published authors, upcoming book events, author presentations and more. Print subscriptions are also available.

Teachers and parents can now submit their students' written works, such as poems, articles, stories, book reviews, etc. to Kids Can Publish/Story Monsters Ink for print consideration. A completed permission form signed by a parent or guardian must accompany submissions.

To download a permission form and for instructions on how to submit work, visit www.StoryMonstersInk.com and click on “Kids Can Publish.”

Story Monsters Ink is also holding a monthly drawing through its Facebook page where teachers can enter to win a printed copy of the magazine for each student in their classroom. Teachers can visit the page at Click Here and add their school name and grade level in the comments below the teacher announcement post. The names will be added to a drawing and on April 18, a winner will be announced.

To subscribe to Story Monsters Ink, visit www.StoryMonsters.com. Digital subscriptions are free and 12-month print subscriptions are $39. New print subscribers receive a free Story Monster plush reading buddy. For more information, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.
 

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5th Annual Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winners Announced

2014 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize Winner

2014 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize Winner

2014 Royal Dragonfly First Place Drawing Winner

2014 Royal Dragonfly First Place Drawing Winner

CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2014) – Winners of the 2014 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards have been announced by Five Star Publications, Inc. The Red Sun: Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams has earned this year’s $300 Grand Prize as well as First Place designations in the Children’s Chapter Books, Middle-Grade Fiction and Newbie/First Time Author categories. Drawing on Norse mythology, The Red Sun is the first book in The Legends of Orkney, a spellbinding series of adventure fantasy novels by Adams. Twelve-year-old Sam Baron is no hero. He's prone to losing his temper and believes his dad is the worst lout in the world for taking off and leaving him and his mom to fend for themselves in their home town of Pilot Rock, Oregon. But Sam's world turns upside down when a strange dwarf appears in his garage and Sam discovers his father has been trapped in a stone in some magical realm called Orkney. Worse, his substitute English teacher is a bona fide witch and seems to want him dead. With his friends gone missing and vicious Shun Kara wolves stalking him, Sam must travel through a stonefire to the far away realm of Orkney to save his friends from the dark powers that hold them and find a way to rescue his father. Thrust into this new world, Sam must unravel the secrets of his past while trying to stay alive as witches, wraiths, and other menacing creatures pose serious peril to the unsuspecting Sam.

The other noteworthy winner of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards is the winner of the $100 drawing, Josh Mathe. Author of In the Footsteps of Greatness, Mathe also earned First Place designations in the Self-Help/Inspirational and Newbie/First Time Author categories and Second Place in the Sports/Exercise category.

Additional first-place winners include Guardian of Dreams: A Bedtime Story by Wendy Torrel; What Lies Within by Libby J. Atwater; Storybranding 2.0: Creating Standout Brands Through the Purpose of Story by Jim Signorelli; The Cockroach Invasion by Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg; Addie B. Strong: I Am So Strong by Alyson Flippo; Deputy Dorkface: How Sugaropolis Got Dessert Back by Kevin D. Janison; The Case of the Missing Byte by Joseph Daluz and Julia Morton; The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick; The Azurite Encounter by Jane Frances Ruby; Marco the Little Chef: Makes Macaroni and Cheese by Joy Papini, Ph.D; Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Painful Conditions: The Patient's Guide and Survival Manual for Obtaining Proper and Effective Medical Care, Second Edition by Jeffrey B. Loomer, M.D., FACP, FACR; The Old Cape House by Barbara Eppich Struna; 101 Awesome Things To Do for Someone Who's Sick by Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D.; Nature's Secret Messages: Hidden in Plain Sight by Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D.; A World of Words: Collected Poetry of Eath, Volume One by Rafael L. Lopez; Interplay: An Artist's Approach to Spirituality by Makram Abu-Shakra; Sanctuary by Alene Adele Roy; Avarom and the Secret of the White Mist by J.L. Stewart; Avoiding the Dodgeballs at Work: A Young Woman's Guide to Succeeding at a First Job by E. Marie; and Born to Run, Live to Be Free by Daris Howard.

"We had a very tight competition this year and our judges definitely had their work cut out for them," says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to all of our winners.”

For a complete list of winners, visit www.dragonflybookawards.com and click on "Winners." The next Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. The early bird deadline is August 1, 2015. Final deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015.

In addition to the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, Five Star Publications, Inc. also has two additional book contests: Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and eBook Dragonfly Book Awards. The early bird deadline for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding children's literature, is March 1, 2014. The final deadline is May 1, 2014. The early bird deadline for the eBook Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which was conceived to honor published authors of all genres of digital literature, is January 1, 2015. The final deadline is March 1, 2015.

For complete rules and submission forms for these contests, visit www.dragonflybookawards.com and click on the contest of choice. Entrants who meet the early bird deadline are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show written by Linda F. Radke.

Story Monster Approved! is Five Star’s newest awards program. It identifies quality children's books that have been kid-tested and judge-certified, making it easier for buyers to choose exceptional fiction and nonfiction books that parents will approve and youths will enthusiastically devour. Authors interested in having their books considered for the Story Monster Approved! designation should visit www.storymonsters.com to download an entry form. There is no deadline to enter and books are judged as they are received.

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Five Star Publications, Inc. Launches a Monster of a Magazine with ‘Story Monsters Ink’

CHANDLER, AZ (Fall 2014)—Five Star Publications, Inc. is announcing the launch of a new monthly magazine. Story Monsters Ink is a free, subscription-based e-digest that gives parents and educators the latest news about award-winning and debut books, profiles on both renowned and newly published authors, upcoming book events, author presentations and more.

President of Five Star Publications, Inc. and former educator Linda F. Radke says she wants children to be actively involved in the publication of the magazine by including book reviews written by children.

“I’ve wanted to publish a magazine for a very long time, and I am so excited to see my idea become a reality,” Radke says. “We want to help parents, teachers and librarians instill a love of reading and writing in their students, and what better way to do that than to give these children an opportunity to participate in the publication of a magazine?”

To submit a book review or to have your book considered for listing in the newly released or award-winning book columns, contact Cristy Bertini at Cristy@fivestarpublications.com for guidelines. Authors of printed book reviews receive a free Story Monsters t-shirt for their first published review.

The magazine also features an author profile each month, listings of authors who visit schools, back to school and summer reading guides, listings of newly published books, as well as other articles about book trends, bookstores, author news, etc.

Radke also says, “We have gotten a wonderful response from readers and have already secured some wonderful interviews of very well-known authors for our upcoming issues. And, of course, we have more surprises on the way. Stay tuned!”

Young readers will learn about the wonderful world around them in a monthly column called “Conrad’s Classroom” written by the award-winning author and editor of more than 50 science and nature-based books, Conrad J. Storad. He is nationally renowned for his ability to captivate young audiences with well-researched facts about the scientific world.

While the magazine is new, its trademark character, the lovable, green Story Monster has been around Five Star Publications, Inc. for a little while. She made her first appearance in 2013 in an awards program developed by Five Star called Story Monster Approved! to recognize and honor both seasoned and newly published children's literature authors. In keeping with its goal of promoting children’s literacy, Five Star has determined that before a book is designated as Story Monster Approved!, it has to pass a rigorous judging process. If the book makes it past the first round of judges of industry experts, the book is then judged by youth judges, teachers and librarians represented from schools across the country who must also endorse the book before it can receive the official seal of approval.

To subscribe to Story Monsters Ink, visit www.StoryMonsters.com. Digital subscriptions are free and 12-month print subscriptions are $39. New print subscribers receive a free Story Monster plush reading buddy. For more information, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

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‘Duck Dreams: City Boy to Farmer Boy’ Wins Coveted Purple Dragonfly Book Award

CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2014)The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Duck Dreams: City Boy to Farmer Boy written by Elizabeth Segel and illustrated by Anni Matsick, won first place in the Middle Grade Fiction category and second place in the Cultural Diversity category.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Duck Dreams: City Boy to Farmer Boy tells the story of Simon Hirsh, living in 1910 in a crowded Boston tenement, wants to be a farmer when he grows up. “Who ever heard of a Jewish farmer?” his uncle scoffs. But after Simon’s little brother almost gets stepped on by a huge carthorse in the street teeming with traffic, Simon’s parents decide to buy a house away from the city’s dangers. Simon works hard after school to make their new home a real farm, so that his father doesn’t have to work so hard in the clothing business, but he encounters many setbacks, among them a chicken-cheater, duck disasters, and a challenging friendship.

Author Elizabeth Segel taught children's literature at Pitt and co-authored with Margaret Mary Kimmel a book about reading to children: For Reading Out Loud: a Guide to Sharing Books with Children (Dell, 3 editions). She has published more than 30 articles and reviews on children's literature, and co-founded and directed Beginning with Books, a pioneering program that developed many ways to increase the number of children who became capable lifelong readers. After all this work with children's books, she decided it was time to try one of her own, which resulted in two prestigious awards. Duck Dreams: City Boy to Farmer Boy can be purchased at most major bookstores and online retailers.

For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

The next Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Submissions postmarked March 1, 2015 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show written by Radke. Final deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015. The Early Bird deadline for the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, which recognizes outstanding literature in all categories, is August 1, 2014. October 1, 2014 is the final deadline. For complete rules and submission forms for either contest, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice.

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4th Annual Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2013) - Five Star Publications, Inc. has announced the winners of the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. Diamond Fields by Randall Reneau has earned this year's $300 Grand Prize as well as a First Place designation for the Fiction: Novel category. The Knighting of Sir Kaye by Don M. Winn won First Place for Children's Chapter Books and the drawing for $100 in which each first-place winner is entered.

Other first-place winners included: Dear Little One by Christina L. Thomas for the Activity Books category; The Do's and Don'ts by Hayley Rose for the Best Photography/Illustrations category; Crypto-Punk by George Traikovich for the Children's Chapter Books category (tie); End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad by Eluka Moore, Larry Puzniak, and Marianne Welsh for the Children's Picture Books (5 & Younger) category; Bubblegum Princess by Julie Gribble for the Children's Picture Books (6 & Older); Sneezing Seasons: The Inside Story about Allergies and Immunology by Gail Galvan for the Health, Diet, Nutrition category; A Cruel Calm: Paris Between The Wars by Patricia Daly-Lipe for the Historical Fiction category; Danny Celebrates Advent by Dr. Jennifer Grenardo for the Newbie Award (first time author, fiction) category; Through Frankie's Eyes by Barbara Techel for the Pets, Animals category; Stellarella! It's Saturday! by Deborah W. Dykes for the Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy category; Firestar: Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree: Scroll 3 by Claudia Newcorn for the Science Fiction & Fantasy & Paranormal category; Magikal Molly Day by Amy Lloyd for the Self-Help, Inspirational category; Questions: Directions to Who You Are by Tim W. Turner for the Self-Help, Inspirational category; Pond Ghosts by Alene Adele Roy for the Young Adult Fiction category; TeenCoder: Java Programming by Homeschool Programming, Inc. for both the Education and Text Books categories: and TeenCoder: Android Programming by Homeschool Programming, Inc. for both the Science & Technology and How-To categories.

"We had a very tight competition this year and our judges definitely had their work cut out for them," says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., which coordinates the contest. "I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to our winners."

For a complete list of winners that includes second-placers and honorable mentions, visit www.RoyalDragonflyBookAwards.com and click on "Winners." The next Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Submissions postmarked August 1, 2014 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show written by Radke. Final deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014.

The Early Bird deadline for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, which recognizes outstanding children's literature, is March 1, 2014. The final deadline is May 1, 2014. For complete rules and submission forms for either contest, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice.

Story Monster Approved, Five Star's newest awards program, identifies quality children's books that have been kid-tested and judge-certified, making it easier for buyers to choose exceptional fiction and nonfiction books that parents will approve and youths will enthusiastically devour. Authors interested in having their books considered for the Story Monster Approved designation should visit www.StoryMonsters.com and download an entry form. Story Monster Approved Books are announced quarterly. The deadline to be considered for the next announcement is January 14, 2014. Submissions postmarked by November 14, 2013 receive a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show.

To learn more about Five Star Publications, celebrating 28 years in business in Chandler, Ariz., access www.FiveStarPublications.com, email info@FiveStarPublications.com or call 480-940-8182.
 

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