Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni, Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder
by Marie-Paule Mahoney.
All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’ highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.
So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.
Meet Your Third Finalist
An educational tale of love, grief, and resilience.
On a radiant summer day in 2018, an orca named Tahlequah gave birth to a female calf off the coast of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. The calf was emaciated, lacking enough blubber to stay afloat, and she only lived for 30 minutes. Tahlequah placed the baby on her head, and with the members of her pod, she swam for 17 days, covering 1,000 miles before releasing her into the sea.
Whale of Wonder is the dramatized story of this true-life odyssey, told through a dialogue between the mother orca and her curious son, who keeps asking, “Why, Mama?” Young readers will discover how Tahlequah expresses her maternal love, her grief, and slowly overcomes her loss to celebrate life again. This unique story opens a window to the majestic orcas and their complex emotional lives.
The Afterword presents information about orcas in general and the specific culture of the Southern Residents. It unveils Tahlequah’s life with the members of her pod in the Salish Sea, emphasizing the plight these orcas—close to extinction—are facing.
About the Author
Marie-Paule Mahoney was born and grew up in Brittany, France, and now lives in the foothills of New York State. Before retirement, she taught French in a Waldorf School for over 20 years, as well as at the State University of New York. Her professional career includes the publication of The French Connection and as a co-author of En Français. In the last few years, she has taken a greater interest in nature, wildlife, and conservation. She co-authored Molly and Babou, and wrote Coco. Tahlequah’s heroic journey inspired her to write Whale of Wonder.
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Also by Marie-Paule Mahoney
The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote!
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