Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner!


For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016

Reader’s Favorite recognizes “Nelson Telson – The Story of a True Blue Blood” by Heidi Mayo with a gold medal in its 2016 international book award contest.

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Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Nelson Telson; The Story of a True Blue Blood” by Heidi Mayo is a Gold Medal Winner in the Children – Grade 4th-6th category in our 2016 International Book Award Contest.”

A must-read for humans of all ages, this middle grade novel grows up before your very eyes. Painfully shy and lonely, eleven-year-old Mariah Miller hates being a human; she’d rather be an animal so she wouldn’t have to go to school and deal with mean old Mrs. Tarbox and her nasty cousin Travis who has invaded her life. Enchantment abounds when she finds a magic spearhead on the beach that allows her to talk to a wise old horseshoe crab and a host of other animals. Her father becomes seriously ill, and throughout her trials in the real world, she is often surprised by the unpredictable power of the spearhead. As she travels through time and space, and listens to the wisdom of creatures and people, Mariah makes leaps in her own personal growth, discovers the interdependence of all living things, learns how perspective creates reality, and what it really means to be human.

Heidi Mayo lives in Plymouth, MA where she makes art and teaches fine art to students of all ages. Her love of the local shoreline and the natural world that sustains us is the inspiration for “Nelson Telson.” Heidi and some learned colleagues are currently developing a spiral, middle school curriculum, “Teaching Nelson Telson” using the novel as a springboard for a myriad of fun, creative thinking activities.

Nelson Telson is a well-written and wise story that looks beneath our views of the everyday and finds a perceptive truth and beauty about life and relationships. And there is something very special about a book that can convey that to children at the same time as telling a good and entertaining story. Recommended” Hilary Hawkes for Readers’ Favorite

Nelson Telson – The Story of a True Blue Blood

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