…a book that deserves a place in every middle school and high school library

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High Praise from Writer’s Digest:  Just in time for our last event of the year, Carpe Noctem, a local seasonal gift boutique, we’re excited that Canoedling in Cleveland has just received high praise from a judge in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.Writer's Digest SelfPub-icon Issuing 5 points (“outstanding”) in each of the six categories evaluated, this judge concluded with the sentence, “Morris has done a wonderful job, creating a book that deserves a place in every middle school and high school library.”

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Following is the entire assessment:

23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Entry Title Canoedling In Cleveland

Author: Richard Morris

Judge Number: 78

Entry Category: Middle-Grade/Young Adult books

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

 Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

 Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

 Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge’s Commentary*:

 Set in 1960, Canoedling in Cleveland is an informative, engrossing tale about a trio of teens involved in canoeing around the waterways of Cleveland. I learned so much from reading this book! It is designed to inspire readers to learn how to manage a canoe as well as be self-motivated. While Jeff, Lori and Randy are all reasonably responsible teens, they run risks just like any other adolescents in their desire for summer fun and competition. The character development is good. I liked the dynamics Morris cultivates between them all. I liked their discussions. In the midst of having summer jobs and getting the details of their next venue for canoeing (which teaches the reader how much more polluted some waterways were in the 60s than now), they also discuss issues of the day like the differences in racial treatment. I liked the competition! I cannot imagine a young reader not being absorbed by the hilarious contest of Jeff and Randy paddling against each other in the same canoe, or the swimming race. I liked their discussions, taking in all elements of dangers on the water. These discussions will help prepare readers so that they are not caught off guard. The author inspires a healthy interest in this fascinating sport, demonstrating that young people do not need to be sent off on expensive trips in order to find ways to enjoy themselves. I liked Walter Madison and Sarah and appreciated the inclusion of these characters in the story. Morris has done a wonderful job, creating a book that deserves a place in every middle school and high school library.

2015 Carpe Noctem

 

 

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One Response to …a book that deserves a place in every middle school and high school library

  1. Bill Borden says:

    Congratulations! I just started reading it. It might be for teens, but it is entertaining and well written, as was “Well Considered”. I can picture the old hotel by the bridge, don’t recall ever going to Hinckley Lake myself. BTW, you don’t happen to know someone from the 60’s who participated in “balloon drops” or canoeing rowing competitions, do you? 🙂

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