Reyna Gentin's "My Name is Layla" Wins Gold in Moonbeam Awards

JONESBORO, Ark. - ArkaSun -- Reyna Gentin's acclaimed middle grade novel My Name is Layla won gold in the Pre-Teen Fiction category of the 15th annual Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, presented by the Jenkins group.

My Name is Layla is a coming-of-age story about self-acceptance, resilience, and empathy that deals with the difficulties of dyslexia and learning differences, embodying the Moonbeam Awards' stated purpose "to highlight books that encourage children to be generous, compassionate, and to stand up for the rights of themselves and others."

About the Book
On the first day of eighth grade, thirteen year-old Layla has a pretty good idea of what's in store for her–another year of awkward social situations, mediocre grades, and teachers who praise her good behavior but find her academic performance disappointing. Layla feels certain she's capable of more, but each time she tries to read or write, the words on the page dance and spin, changing partners and leaving her to sit on the sidelines.

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This year will be different in ways Layla could never have predicted. Her new English teacher, Mr. McCarthy, senses her potential. When he pushes her to succeed, Layla almost rises to the challenge before making a desperate choice that nearly costs her everything she's gained. Will she be able to get back on track? And who can she count on to help her?

My Name is Layla is available in eBook ($3.99) and trade paaper ($13.99) from major retailers. Wholesale direct from TouchPoint Press and Ingram.

About the Awards
The Moonbeam Award judges, an expert panel of youth educators, students, and book reviewers, chose gold, silver, and bronze medalists in 45 categories from nearly 1500 entries worldwide. According to the Jenkins Group, they "are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators."

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Jennifer Bond, Media Liason for TouchPoint Press

Source: TouchPoint Press

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