After They Read, Here’s What They Said……… This is a review from DEAD LETTER’s entry in the 22nd  Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.   The book scored 5’s in all but one category (5 being the  highest score, meaning “outstanding”) Judge’s comments are below.

Structure, Organization and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5

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ABOUT A FARM is the recipient of a 2013 Children’s Literary Classics International Book Award.  It was selected by CLC as “Best First Chapter Book.” Judge’s Comments:

“Marc Kuhn employs the use of allegory in a series of short stories all taking place on a farm.  From messages great and small, his use of simple passages speaks volumes to readers of all ages.  Children will love the stories and will most definitely benefit from the deeper meanings tucked neatly within each story.  About a Farm is a book that kids will want to read again and again, and adults will enjoy knowing that the messages within will be providing children with a solid foundation for critical thinking from youth into their adult lives.  About a Farm comes highly recommended as an effective tool for teaching valuable life lessons.”

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11-year-old Maddie comments on THE 11TH YEAR OF CHRISTOPHER ARTHUR McDANIELS…

“It was an amazing book. I loved it. It made me laugh many times! My little brother loved it too! Christopher  reminds me of him;)”

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Comments on THE POPE’S STONE…

Marc Kuhn's debut adult novel, The Pope's Stone, couldn't have been anymore brilliantly written. It is a tale of historical fiction, intricately woven with suspense and mystery.”

“This book took me by surprise! I am usually not a Historical Fiction reader, but this book definitely got my attention. The story was fantastic and gripping. I found that I could not put this read down. It took me on a roller coaster of emotions to say the least. I found myself more than once putting this book down and shaking my head in astonishment or drying my eyes.”

“I really felt deeply for each of the characters and the issues they faced, it was definitely a emotional read.”


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“The nieces and nephews absolutely loved it -- and giggled a lot”

“This is a great book that you'll enjoy reading with your kids. We all loved it. The poems are cleverly written & the kids love the silliness. The Illustrations are a perfect accompaniment.”

“I used to love Shel Silverstein's clever books, and of course the kids delighted in Dr. Seuss. Now I, and the grandchildren, adore "Never Goose a Moose" and its witty words to live by.”

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ABOUT A FARM was entered in the Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards competition.  While it did not win in its category, it did receive this judge’s review:

“The story is well written with an easy to read conversational flow...The characters are well drawn and seem real (not to nice but suitably argumentative when needed; wonderfully caring about each other), and the stories have nice, subtle lessons, as well as subtle humor.  They never talk down to the reader but let him/her get the messages/humor on their own.  That each story is so short is helpful, especially to today’s kid readers who have shorter attention spans.  The sad story at the end nicely balances things out and adds to the lessons learned...A delightful, enjoyable book.”

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