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Ebook Details
  • 04/2013
  • 978-0-9890973-0-7 B00DTIQH0C
  • 354 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2013
  • 9780989097314 http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeths-Landing-Katy-Pye/dp/0989097315/
  • 347 pages
  • $13.99
Katy Pye
Author
Elizabeth's Landing
Katy Pye, author

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Port Winston—home to sun, sand, and shopping. What’s not to like? Everything, to 14 year-old Elizabeth Barker, uprooted mid-school year to the Texas coast. When Grandpa, with more judgments than the Old Testament, pronounces her 10¢ shy of worthless and headed for trouble, Elizabeth bolts for Wayward Landing beach—the county’s last wild haven. A chance encounter with an endangered, nesting sea turtle ignites new purpose, friendships, and Texas-sized trouble even Grandpa couldn’t predict. Her fight to save the Landing unearths complex family ties to the powerful developer and catapults her against those she loves. When the Deepwater Horizon oil slick threatens the turtles’ Louisiana feeding grounds, Elizabeth’s journalist mom hits the front lines. And Elizabeth’s fears and plans hit overdrive. Winner of four international book awards, Elizabeth's Landing bridges risk and loss to hope and hearts.
Reviews
Debut novelist Pye presents a quiet, touching story of fighting for what one believes in, set in the spring of 2010 on the Gulf Coast. Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Barker’s move from Missouri to Port Winston, Tex., has left her with no friends and little peace of mind. Her mother is constantly away on magazine assignments, her father is too busy to spend time with her, and her grandfather (whose heart attack was the reason they moved in the first place) constantly gives “I know best” lectures that tend to revolve around her. After saving a sea turtle and her clutch of eggs from a group of older kids on ATVs, Elizabeth begins to volunteer at the local marine science center and gains new friends in the process. When the turtle’s nesting ground is threatened, Elizabeth has to find the strength and confidence to stand up to corruption. Elizabeth sometimes acts young for her age, but Pye is in tune with the novel’s Gulf setting, highlighting the diverse perspectives of those who call the Gulf home while capably juggling the events that shape Elizabeth’s world. Ages 10–up. (BookLife)
News
08/22/2014
LOCAL NOVELIST WINS QUARTET OF INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

Mendocino (CA) indie-author, Katy Pye, heard recently her 2013 debut novel, Elizabeth’s Landing received its fourth recognition, a Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Young Adult fiction. In January the novel earned a Silver in Young Adult Fiction from the Nautilus Book Awards, known for promoting “Better Books for a Better World.” Previous Nautilus winners include such authors as Barbara Kingsolver, Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Lesser, and Louise Erdrich. “I’m honored the book’s done so well against international competition and traditionally published works,” said Pye, “Like the story, the awards span three categories. Readers range from ten to ninety-five.” Earlier awards include “Category Winner” for Children’s/Juvenile Fiction in the Next-Generation Indie Book Awards, which she collected on a trip to New York in May. In December 2013, competing with 400 entrees, the book’s digital version earned First Place for Fiction in Writer’s Digest’s “Self-Published e-book Awards.”

Set on the Texas Gulf coast, Elizabeth’s Landing pits fourteen year-old Elizabeth Barker against power, money, and family history in a fight to save sea turtles from beach development and ravages of the BP oil spill. The story idea grew from Pye’s ten-year citizen activism against under-regulated gravel mining in Yolo County, CA during the 1980s. Her passion for the environment led to a degree from the University of California, Davis and a job as Executive Director of a California Resource Conservation District. There, she secured several million in conservation funding for farmers and ranchers, wanting to return farmland to wildlife habitat.

“My experience with the gravel mining conflict and the conservation district,” Pye said, “were perfect presets for writing Elizabeth’s Landing. The world uptick in environmental, social, and economic problems has intensified young people’s struggles, their feelings of vulnerability about their future. The book’s strong story-telling and a diverse set of characters show it’s okay to reach out. In fact, kids today are stepping up, often beyond us adults, as powerful leaders.”

Ms. Pye is a former board member for the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and belongs to Writers of the Mendocino Coast and Redwood Writers, both branches of the California Writers Club, one of the nation’s oldest literary groups, and the Women’s National Book Association.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2013
  • 978-0-9890973-0-7 B00DTIQH0C
  • 354 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2013
  • 9780989097314 http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeths-Landing-Katy-Pye/dp/0989097315/
  • 347 pages
  • $13.99

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