Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner for excellence in family-friendly products.
Perfectly Awkward Tales is a series of girl-powered fairy tale adventures, where self-acceptance is the hero. Ages 6-12.
Aila is thirteen years old, an orphan with no one in the world but her baby sister, Maisie. But Maisie has disappeared. Stolen by powerful fairies from the Land of Sidh! When Aila begins the impossible journey to get her sister back, she discovers the power of her gift. Determination.
Look for other award-winning books in the Perfectly Awkward Tales series:
- Vasilisa & Intuition
- Ninetta & Confidence
- Color & Creativity Coloring Book (Color All 3 Adventures!)
Authors: Princess Ivana (a real princess), Magdalene Smith, and Marisa Smith are a multi-generational writing team. Together the sisters and their mom have won 3 Mom's Choice Gold awards, a Mom's Choice Silver, a National Parenting Publications Award, and SheKnows Editor's Choice and Best Book awards.
Illustrator: Hanna Barcyk is a conceptual artist whose illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other major publications. She has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly and 3x3 (Magazine of Contemporary Illustration).
Praise for Perfectly Awkward Tales
As a 4th grade teacher, I value literature that empowers girls to be strong, independent, and confident. Perfectly Awkward Tales' self-reliant characters encourage girls to stay true to themselves. I integrate these inspiring stories into my curriculum by guiding students to compare the character traits of these heroines with female historical figures and to themselves. --Marissa Ochoa, District Teacher of the Year; Top-Ten Finalist for San Diego County Teacher of the Year
The most wonderful children's books I think I've ever read... --Elena Upson, mom
These exciting stories are a tribute to girl power, encouraging young women to break molds and fearlessly be themselves. These books should be in every classroom! --Meghann McNaught, kindergarten teacher
What a powerful message! These books are amazing and empower youth to be who they were born to be. --Becki Hanson, 1st grade teacher
Feminist fairy tales every girl and boy should read! Lynn Hamrick, award-winning director, The Baby-Sitters Club TV series (over 170 million copies sold)
About the Author
Ivana worked hard in school and earned a scholarship - a dream come true which changed her life. (She also discovered razors and hair ties). College is where she met her future husband who happened to be a real prince, though she didn't know it at the time. He was just as embarrassed about his title of nobility as Ivana was about her slinky.
Ivana has a Masters in Education and has worked with children for over 20 years. Most recently working as Chief Digital Officer for a company dedicated to improving social learning challenges.
"Be true to you and your gifts will shine through." - Princess Ivana
Magdalene Smith is an award-winning writer. She hails from a small town in Ohio. With a strong sense of adventure to guide her, she spent years traveling the world. Magdalene raised three children across three countries, and worked at a variety of jobs from owning a café-theater in Spain to singing on stage in Paris, to writing books. She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She is the recipient of of a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, several Wurlitzer Foundation fellowships, the University of New Mexico Resident Writer's Award, and a Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts grant.
Marisa Smith always knew she was different and thought it was a horrible thing. She finally figured out it was okay to be herself, weirdness and all. She went from not knowing what to do, to loving what she does. Marisa hopes you enjoy these fairy tales as much as she loves writing them with her perfectly awkward family.
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