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Greenhouse Kids Wins Biz X Award

November 24th, 2011:

Children's Author, Shelley Awad Wins
Biz X Award for Best Writer
 
Earlier this month I was notified that I had won the Biz X Award this year for Best Writer, and I couldn't have been happier! Here's what Biz X had to say:
 
"Once again, the pool of talent in this category made the Judges' decision a difficult one but it was Shelley Awad's supporting letters of recommendations from young children (with comments like "awesome", "amazing", and "I read your book every night") for her series of children's books The Greenhouse Kids ("Dan Delion's Secret," "Ghost Walk") books that were first written and published by Borealis Press in 2009 and sparked a series of follow-up stories in 2010 and 2011. Greenhouse Kids Biz X Award
 
 
In only two years Awad has become a best-selling author with over 6,000 copies sold and currently has a third instalment to her mystery/adventure series ("The Greenhouse Kids Dig Deep") coming out in late 2011. In addition to writing, Awad also founded the "Readers Grow Into Leaders" literacy program in 2010 (to date she has raised $10,000 worth of books through corporate and individual sponsors which were given to Grade 4 & 5 students at under-funded schools in our community and expects to raise another $10,000 in 2011). She also received the coveted "Parent Tested Parent Approved" Award in April 2011. She is a graduate of the St. Clair College Journalism program, a member of the Canadian Children's Book Centre as well as the Women's Economic Forum, Better Business Bureau and local Chamber of Commerce. She has presented her books to students on several occasions through events at the Windsor Public Library, "Bookfest Windsor" and Science City. Judge Lepain spoke highly of Awad but it was Judge Barker that came to the table with great praise for her community support and ability to connect with her readers. "Shelley Awad takes the reader on a delightful quantum leap back to the days when a child's imagination branched out like ivy," believes Barker. "Awad's writing skills capture the attention of children and adults alike."
 
The Greenhouse Kids, Dig Deep - Sneak Peek at the Cover
Here's a sneak peek at the cover for the third mysterious adventure in The Greenhouse Kids series for children aged 8 to 12. "Dig Deep" will likely be out in early 2012. This book is my personal favourite and I love the cover! The cover and fantastic illustrations are done by Glen Hawkes. The Greenhouse Kids Dig Deep
Readers Grow Into Leaders Literacy Program - Update
 
Students Reading The Greenhouse Kids
 
I have visited several schools this year and handed out hundreds of books. My book supply is running low and I am in need of sponsors. If you know of anyone who would like to sponsor, please contact me at shelley@greenhousekids.com For a list of schools visited and sponsors who provided books, please visit http://greenhousekids.com/Readers_School_Visits
 
Many more school visits are planned for the next semester. Sponsors -- if you haven't received your thank you letters yet, you will be receiving them soon.
 
To read letters that I receive, visit http://greenhousekids.com/testimonials
 
 
Book Signing for Shelley Awad and Kristi Mason at From The Heart
 
Join myself and Kristi Mason at Chapters, Devonshire Mall, Windsor, ON for book signing of The Adventures of Connecticut and The Greenhouse Kids books. This is Kristi's first book-signing at Chapters Devonshire Mall. We'll be there Sunday, Nov 27th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. See you there!
The Greenhouse Kids, Dan Delion's Secret
First Book Signing for Kristi Mason at Chapters Devonshire Mall
 
Join myself and Kristi Mason at Chapters, Devonshire Mall, Windsor, ON for book signing of The Adventures of Connecticut and The Greenhouse Kids books. This is Kristi's first book-signing at Chapters Devonshire Mall. We'll be there Sunday, Nov 27th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. See you there!
The Adventures of Connecticut
 
 
ATHENA Leadership Award
 
I am pleased to announce that earlier in November, the Women's Economic Forum nominated me for the ATHENA Leadership Award. I am very honoured to have been nominated. For more info on the award, please visit http://www.athenainternational.org/pages/athena_award_/14.php
 
 
 
Look for Books at:
 
A few new locations have popped up that now carry The Greenhouse Kids and The Adventures of Connecticut books. Shop or browse at:
 
Fusion Massage Therapy Studio
640 Chilver Road
Windsor, ON
 
Bright Side Tanning
1950 Lauzon Road #50
Windsor, On and 1391 Grand Mararis Road W, Windsor, ON
 
Best Lil Hair House
1537 University Ave W
Windsor, ON
 
From the Heart
1356 Ottawa Street
Windsor, ON
 
If anyone else would like to carry the books, please call 519-979-2041 or 1-800-665-2124.
 
The Best Book Contest Ever
 
Psst! Want to be a greenhouse kid in my next book? It's easy...you get a free entry with every book purchase. Send me your book receipt along with your name, email address and telephone number. At the end of the year, a name will be chosen at random. The person selected will become a character in my next book. Pass it on! Order from any store or at www.greenhousekids.com
 
Upcoming Events
 
November 26 - Book signing at From The Heart, Ottawa St. Windsor, 1:00 pm. until 3:00 p.m.
 
November 27th - Book signing at Chapters, Devonshire Mall, Windsor, ON 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
 
December 1st - Book signing at Literacy Night at Tecumseh Vista Public School, Tecumseh, ON
 
December 13th - Book signing at Biz X Mixer, The Windsor Club, 100 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
 
December 16th - Book signing at Coles, Tecumseh Mall, Windsor, ON for Moonlight Madness Event 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
 
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."--Albert Einstein
 
For more information please contact Shelley Awad, shelley@greenhousekids.com or 1-800-665-2124.
 
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