“Finding Tate” earns ‘Story Monster Approved’ status

It looks like I need to add another sticker to my book cover! My middle grade novel, Finding Tate, has earned the coveted Story Monster Approved! status.

story monster label

What does that mean? The same people who award the Purple Dragonfly Award each year for children’s books have put my novel through their rigorous process and deemed it a good choice for its target audience.

According to their website:

“The Story Monsters Approved! book designation program was developed to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature that inspire, inform, teach, or entertain. A Story Monsters seal of approval on your book tells teachers, librarians, and parents they are giving children the very best. 

Kids know when they see the Story Monsters Approved! seal, it means children their own age enjoyed the book and are recommending they read it, too. How do they know that? Because after books pass a first round of rigorous judging by industry experts, the books are then judged by a panel of youth judges who must also endorse the books before they can receive the official seal of approval.”

I am excited to share this news with parents and teachers of fifth to eight graders.

“Finding Tate” earns B.R.A.G. Medallion!

My middle grade novel, Finding Tate, has won a B.R.A.G. Medallion for the Juvenile Fiction category! This Medallion signifies that my novel has passed a two-stage assessment and is in the top 15 – 20% of the many books reviewed by this organization, indieBRAG, LLC. The acronym stands for Book Readers Appreciation Group. I’ve earned a gold B.R.A.G. Medallion sticker for the cover of my novel!


The mission of indieBRAG, at, is “to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves.” This organization has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located in the United States and ten other countries around the globe.

Authors of eBooks are invited to nominate their books for B.R.A.G. review. The book must pass a rigorous, two-stage review process; readers then score the book on ten criteria categories, including plot, characters, dialogue, writing style, content development, title, cover, formatting, and copy editing. The author receives the Report Card on her book and a reader’s review.

My book received the highest grades and I am happy to pass on these reviewer’s comments:

“I really enjoyed this book! Very nice story for middle grade readers. The writer does a good job of creating characters that are relateable to its target audiences. Taylor was very well created and the dialogue is appropriate.”

“I think the flow of the story was good from beginning to end and kept my attention throughout the entire book. I would definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers.”

I hope all my readers enjoy the book! And I’d love to hear what you liked about it!

My Middle Grade Novel is on Amazon!

Finding Tate cover
Order it here

My middle grade novel, Finding Tate, can be ordered on Amazon, in either ebook or printed form. You can sample a few pages first or just order it.

Summer is a great time to read!  Finding Tate is about two friends, Taylor and Carey, who want to make a change before they enter seventh grade. But both get distracted with new people and unexpected changes in their lives and their summer turns out a lot different than they were planning.

I hope you enjoy the book and your summer!


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