Calhoun Brown’s There Are No Words inspires as it entertains
Williams’s ‘Prophet’ offers tense but satisfying read
Lucky Press LLC, an indie publisher out of Athens, Ohio, announced this week that two of its titles have been among the winners of the 2010 International Book Awards.
Winning in the Young Adult Fiction Category was There Are No Words by Mary Calhoun Brown. Words is the story of Jaxon MacKenzie, a 12 year old austic girl with a secret–she is mute but literate. Jaxon finds magic in an old painting that her grand parents have on their wall, stepping through to a time in the past when her grand parents were her age and she is no longer autistic–she can speak. She knows that her grandfather’s best friend is about to die in a train accident. And she knows that her mission is to save him.
Placing as a Finalist in the Historical Fiction Category was Prophet of Sorrow by Mark Van Aken Williams. Prophet tells the story of Ramon Mercader, indoctrinated into the infamous Soviet spy right, the GPU, and sent to assassinate the exiled Leon Trotsky. The story is old in a series of journal entries and from Mercader’s memories.
Both titles are available through online booksellers and can also be found locally through Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Lexington Green Mall and Barnes & Noble in the Hamburg Pavillion Shopping Center.