Voting for the 2022 Kids’ Book Choice Awards is now underway with Long Island author Jerry Mikorenda up for two prestigious categories.
The Northport author’s teen novel The whaler’s daughter was nominated in the Favorite Character Crush category for the character of Figgie, and himself for Best Stellar Storyteller.
“It’s an honor to be considered with all of these great authors and I’m especially happy to see the character of Figgie recognized,” Mikorenda said. “He’s pretty much the coolest native guy you’ll ever want to meet and the best friend you’ll ever have on an adventure.”
The whaler’s daughter (Regal House Publishing), is a historical maritime novel set in 1910 on a whaling station in New South Wales, Australia. There, twelve-year-old Savannah Dawson lives with her widowed father. She’s desperate to prove to him that she can carry on the family legacy, but no one wants a girl in a whaling boat, that is until Figgie helps Savannah hone her whaling skills. the whale and learn more about the law of the bay. The story is about unspoken grief and how friendship can turn revenge into repentance, anger into empathy, and hurt into hope.
“This awards program is great on so many levels because it gives the intended audience the final say on the results while teaching the importance of civic participation and responsible voting,” added the author. “I encourage all eligible children to vote for their choices.”
The Kids’ Book Choice Awards are the only national book awards chosen solely by children and teenagers. The Children’s Book Council is the non-profit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. The first round of voting is underway and runs until August 20.
CBC Voting 2022
Favorite Character Crush
Best Stellar Storyteller