Suzanne Gene Courtney’s Ride to the Stars has won a Silver Seal award in the 2011 Character Building Counts (CBC) Book Awards. The entries are read by a panel of international judges who considered the follow criteria: (1) character-building message, (2) writing quality, (3) creativity, (4) design, and (5) editing/proofing. CBC Book Awards believes in improving society one book at a time.
Courtney’s beautiful and lyrical book helps children who have experienced the death of a loved one to understand that life continues on the other side. Ride to the Stars tells the story of Daniel, a young boy, and his turtle, Honu, who live on the Big Island of Hawaii. The two share a journey and the result is a loving and gentle message that inspires young ones to cherish each day and live life to the fullest. The lyrical prose is peppered with words of comfort and wisdom that resonate with a universal truth—despite pain that seems unbearable, life does and must continue. This bittersweet story carries an enormous sense of purpose and dignity—a celebration of the author’s late son’s life—reflected through the delightful characters she has created and their relationship to one another and the world around them.
Courtney’s book will become a treasured part of your children’s library as it teaches them about love, life, and loss, with graceful finesse.