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Aila & Determination (book 2 of Perfectly Awkward Tales)

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MCA Gold Award
Audience: children ages 6-12


Perfectly Awkward Tales is a series of girl-powered fairy tale adventures, where self-acceptance is the hero. Ages 6-12.

Aila is thirteen years old, an orphan with no one in the world but her baby sister, Maisie. But Maisie has disappeared. Stolen by powerful fairies from the Land of Sidh! When Aila begins the impossible journey to get her sister back, she discovers the power of her gift. Determination.

Look for other award-winning Perfectly Awkward Tales:
• Vasilisa & Intuition
• Ninetta & Confidence
• Color & Creativity Coloring Book (Color All 3 Adventures!)

AUTHORS: Princess Ivana (a real princess), Magdalene Smith, and Marisa Smith are a multi-generational writing team. Together the sisters and their mom have won 3 Mom's Choice Gold awards, a Mom's Choice Silver, a National Parenting Publications Award, and SheKnows Editor's Choice and Best Book awards.

ILLUSTRATOR: Hanna Barcyk is a conceptual artist whose illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other major publications. She has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly and 3x3 (Magazine of Contemporary Illustration).

"The most wonderful children's books I think I've ever read..." --Elena Upson, mom

"These exciting stories are a tribute to girl power, encouraging young women to break molds and fearlessly be themselves. These books should be in every classroom!" --Meghann McNaught, kindergarten teacher

"What a powerful message! These books are amazing and empower youth to be who they were born to be." --Becki Hanson, 1st grade teacher

"As a 4th grade teacher, I value literature that empowers girls to be strong, independent, and confident. Perfectly Awkward Tales' self-reliant characters encourage girls to stay true to themselves. I integrate these inspiring stories into my curriculum by guiding students to compare the character traits of these heroines with female historical figures and to themselves." --Marissa Ochoa, District Teacher of the Year; Top-Ten Finalist for San Diego County Teacher of the Year

"Feminist fairy tales every girl and boy should read!" Lynn Hamrick, award-winning television director, The Baby-Sitters Club, Fudge, Family Ties

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