Ethyr ‘ex­em­plary’

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It is her firstever book, the ti­tle “Ethyr” — a pre­teen ad­ven­ture story that in­spires gamers to read — and wouldn’t you know Amissville au­thor M.P. Follin has won a 2018 Moon­beam Chil­dren’s Book Award.

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.

In Follin’s novel for pre­teens, gam­ing leaps off the screen and onto the page when two kids, Skyler Beam and El­lie Claire Martin, use gam­ing pow­ers to thwart a mys­te­ri­ous threat to Skyler’s life. With high stakes, fast ad­ven­ture, and imag­i­na­tive world-build­ing, gam­ing fans love the hunt, and par­ents love noses in books in­stead of eyes on screens.

“Kids get tired of hear­ing, ‘Turn that thing off!’” says Follin. “But tear­ing chil­dren away from elec­tronic de­vices is an on­go­ing bat­tle for many par­ents. Ethyr is an edge-of-your-seat story about a boy, a girl, and a video game — which makes every­body happy.”

Follin pro­vides mar­ket­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and writ­ing ser­vices to com­pa­nies in mul­ti­ple in­dus­tries. She writes from her Rap­pa­han­nock home.

Amissville au­thor M.P. Follin has won a 2018 Moon­beam Chil­dren’s Book Award for “Ethyr,” a pre-teen ad­ven­ture story.

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