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Clandestine by Hannah Rials wins SILVER at 2018 Moonbeam Awards!

Of all the good things we can do for our children, encouraging them to love of books and reading may be the most valuable. Studies show that a child with good reading skills will become a better communicator and problem solver, and be generally more successful in school and in life. That is why the Moonbeam Children\’s Book Awards exist — to honor those who create the books that help kids fall in love with reading, and start them on a path of life-long reading enjoyment.

About The Moonbeam Children\’s Awards

Moonbeam Book Awards\

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and Jenkins Group are proud to announce this year\’s 157 medal-winning books, chosen from 1,150 total entries. We congratulate the authors, illustrators, and publishers representing 38 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas for their dedication to inspiring young people to read and to love books. See the complete list of Moonbeam Award medalists here:
From alphabet books for toddlers to young adult books about gender and race, the Moonbeam Awards recognize excellence in categories for children of every age and developmental stage. In a reflection of the #MeToo movement, many of this year\’s winning books address the topic of female empowerment. In silver medal-winning, Mirror, Mirror (Laredo Publishing) young Tina Thomas looks into her bedroom mirror and wishes that instead of her very dark skin and full lips, she had blonde hair and blue eyes like the actresses on TV. The mirror scolds her and inspires her to explore her racial heritage. When she learns about the visionary Madame C.J. Walker and civil rights activist Clara Luper, she begins to love her looks, including her dark brown eyes, that \”shine with the pride and knowledge of her own history!\”

Aletha Press\’ YA Thriller/Mystery, Clandestine, wins SILVER


\”The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs.\”\”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. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.\”

Imagine our excitement when we received the email that our very own author, Hannah Rials, won a SILVER in the YA Thriller/Mystery category at the 2018 Moonbeam Children\’s Book Awards!

About Clandestine by Hannah Rials

The much-anticipated sequel to JIAB intern, Hannah Rials\’ runaway YA hit, Ascension. Book Two in the Ascension series is Clandestine and its already bringing in raves reviews.

“Gripping until the very end.”Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia

“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.” ~Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl

Clandestine by Hannah Rials\
Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.

She is guarded constantly, separated from her best friend Anne, and desperate for any word from Eli and the witches. Meanwhile, her cousin Lilith has discovered that Cheyenne possesses all four vampiric abilities—unheard of for a Deuxsang—and intends to use her in the Ascending’s rebellious scheme.
At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.
Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies.

Grab your copy of the #YAThriller Clandestine HERE and get sucked in…