IndieReader Discovery Awards 2020 Entrants

Added as our experts review them, find the latest from the 2020 IndieReader Discovery Awards, leading up the big winners announcement in May!

THE POWERFUL YOU

IR VERDICT: Originally published in 1978 as A Message for My Child, THE POWERFUL YOU by Patrick and Ernesto Atkinson has be re-released to remind growing children that they are ultimately responsible for their words, actions,…

THE LITTER

IR VERDICT: Chilling and compelling, THE LITTER by Jonanthan Maas is a strange tale of a teenage girl’s pregnancy and not-quite-human children that makes for an imaginative and disturbing read.

THE GORDON PLACE

IR VERDICT: THE GORDON PLACE by Isaac Thorne takes readers on a chilling journey as the main characters venture back to haunted places where much of their childhood trauma occurred. The strong character backgrounds and…

ME AND MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, Author of the Godfather

IR VERDICT: Dripping with emotion and sincerity, ME AND MARIO is a heart wrenching memoir about commitment, not only to the craft of writing, but also of author Carol Gino’s to the incomparable Mario Puzo.

HAWK EYES

IR VERDICT: Colorfully illustrated with simple, easy to read text, HAWK EYES by JLW features Lulu, a little girl whose mom has to work on a Saturday.  Although she loves her daddy, how can she…

A BUCK AND A PUCK

IR VERDICT: A BUCK AND A PUCK, a beautifully illustrated picture book by children’s author J.L.W., features a little girl named Lulu who loves to play ice hockey. The lesson contained in its pages is…

MAMA DIDN’T RAISE THIS WOMAN

IR VERDICT: MAMA DIDN’T RAISE THIS WOMAN by Njeri Maldonado is a compelling, honest, and emotional account of the author’s complicated and tumultuous relationship with her mother. Maldonado tells her story with compassion and leaves…

IN THE SEAT OF A STRANGER’S CAR

IR VERDICT: With a well-blended mix of comedy, suspense, romance, sadness, and philosophy, IN THE SEAT OF A STRANGER’S CAR by native Hawaiian Beau Flemistert draws a vivid picture of life in Oahu via detailed…

WOOLLY THE WANDERING SHEEP

IR VERDICT: WOOLLY THE WANDERING SHEEP, written by Maximo Navarro with charming illustrations by Saib Irfan, is a simplistic story; a young lamb wanders away from his caretaker and learns how to handle himself in…

WHAT MAY COME OF OUR DARKNESS

IR VERDICT: From sudden accidents to hidden family secrets, this collection of short stories looks at how lives can change forever, often due to the most ordinary of occurrences. WHAT MAY COME OF OUR DARKNESS…

ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER SELF

IR VERDICT: A packed toolbox of a book, ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER SELF encourages readers to think critically about their career decisions and author Jeffrey Fleischman helps readers develop the habits to achieve this, insisting–like…

THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

IR VERDICT: The brutal murder of a young girl shocks a small farming community in SHADOWS OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE, the fictionalized account of an 1872 tragedy and its aftermath. Instead of dwelling on the…

NAIL IT! 7 Steps to Life & Business Mastery for Entrepreneurial Leaders

IR VERDICT:  NAIL IT! 7 Steps to Life & Business Mastery for Entrepreneurial Leaders by Sudhana Singh is an easy-to-read and very engaging book full of insight and depth that addresses trusting oneself, developing one’s…

DAISY HAS AUTISM

IR VERDICT: Interwoven with the story about getting a new pet is the tale of a family struggling to get the support they need for their autistic daughter. DAISY HAS AUTISM is a heart-breaking and…

BEST MAN

IR VERDICT: BEST MAN by Chris Delyani is a slow burn story, that takes its time to make readers feel emotionally invested in the characters, with romantic conflict in the form of fake relationships and…

THE WINTER SISTERS

IR VERDICT: Tim Westover’s THE WINTER SISTERS is a story about characters in a frontier town that are both frightened and fascinated by healing powers they can’t explain. This early period narrative will enchant readers…

LOVE LOSS LIGHT

IR VERDICT: In the moment that tragedy strikes and grief and sorrow kick in with the full force of our fears and emotions, it seems like we may never pull ourselves out of that hole….

YOUR PRECIOUS SIGHT

IR VERDICT: Dr. Eichin Chang-Lim’s humanity shines through in YOUR PRECIOUS SIGHT: An Optometrist’s Most Memorable Cases, a comforting companion to exploring one’s eye health. With straightforward yet thoughtful language, Dr. Chang-Lim weaves a memoir of…

THE RUNAWAY WIDOW

IR VERDICT: THE RUNAWAY WIDOW in Patricia Pierson’s story is 75-year-old Mary, who “runs away from home” and her estranged stepdaughter’s plans to declare her incompetent, in order to steal Mary’s deceased husband’s estate. While…

WALK WITH ME: One Hundred Days of Crazy

IR VERDICT: WALK WITH ME: One Hundred Days of Crazy by Ernesto H Lee is a solid love story with believable, well-developed characters, that meshes illness, joy, love and tragedy and the ultimate reality of…

THE SERPENT, THE PUMA, AND THE CONDOR

IR VERDICT: A riveting tale of Spanish conquest in Peru and a priestess’s quest to protect her people, THE SERPENT, THE PUMA, AND THE CONDOR grips from the first page. A beautiful balance of history,…

WHERE THOUGHTS AND STORIES END

IR VERDICT:  With clear explanations on spiritual aspects of Life plus insightful, reasonable, win-win suggestions regarding how today’s societal issues might be solved, the inspirational self-help WHERE THOUGHTS AND STORIES END, deemed ‘literary philosophy’ by…

ALL FAMILIES INVITED

IR VERDICT: Beautifully illustrated (by Jo Edwards) with colorful big-eyed characters, ALL FAMILIES INVITED by Kathleen Goodman describes eight-year-old Annabel, who wants the school’s father-daughter dance to be a family fall festival and her ultimately…

THE BOY WHO DANCED WITH RABBITS

IR VERDICT: There once was a time when Native Americans and early settlers from elsewhere lived in harmony. THE BOY WHO DANCED WITH RABBITS by J.R. Collins is an impressive, God/Great Spirit-centered, historically detailed and…

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