We are thrilled to announce that Dawn's debut book Grounded for Good won a Moonbeam Award. It won the gold for Best First Book - Chapter Book. The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Each year's entries are judged by a panel of youth educators, librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers of all ages.
Grounded for Good tells the story of 8th grader Derek Dawson's summer gone wrong. After an incident on the last bus ride home from middle school, his plans of summer camp and hanging out with friends are dashed. Instead he must do community service at a library, work at his family's store, and spend the rest of his time grounded at home. Torture, until he meets a colorful crew of kids in the next town that help him uncover his hidden talents. As one reader commented, "All in all, Grounded for Good is a book that will have you rooting for Derek Dawson from beginning to end as the searches for the answer to the question inside so many of us...Where do I fit in?"To see the complete list of winners and categories, visit the Moonbeam Award website. Scroll down to #37 to see Dawn's name. To learn more about the book visit DawnDaria.com and to order your copy of Grounded for Good, visit FlowCircusPress.com.
Sleeping late. Hanging with friends. Freedom. Ah, Summer… Derek Dawson couldn’t wait to finish middle school. Unfortunately, a heroic attempt to impress his classmates on the last bus ride home sends him right back to the principal’s office. He’s been in trouble before, but nothing like this.
Working for free. Musty books. Grounded. Summer Ruined! Derek’s summer leaves him stuck at home, working at the family store, and “volunteering” at a library. Torture, until he meets a colorful crew of kids in the next town that help him uncover his hidden talents. Will Derek finally be able to prove to his parents that he’s more than just a trouble-maker?
I’ve never fit in before. Football’s not my thing, video games aren’t my thing. But now…now I’ve found my thing.