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Title: The Great Carp Escape

Genre: Children

Author: Irish Beth Maddock

ISBN-10: 1486605087
ISBN-13: 978-1486605088

Publishing Date: January, 2015

Publisher: Word Alive Press

Availability in London: Special order - Creation Bookstore and the Mustard Seed.

Canadian Christian Fish “Tail” Reels in Literary Awards

February 29, 2016 (Waterloo, ON) – Irish Beth Maddock’s first foray into children’s fiction, The Great Carp Escape, has been honoured with eight different 2015/2016 industry awards for writing and illustration, including, earning a gold medal in the Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light category, for a Christian children’s book.

The inspirational fish “tail,” based on a true story from Maddock’s childhood, also earned Best Illustrated Christian Book from the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, was selected as the sole medalist in the Religious Book category for the New Apple Awards, won Best Book in the Children’s Interest Category with the Pinnacle Awards, and has earned a silver medal from the Global Ebook Awards, in the Christian Children’s Picture Book Category.

The Great Carp Escape was also selected as a finalist by the USA Best Book Awards, the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards in their Children’s Religious categories.

These honours are even more amazing, considering that this is Maddock’s first published children’s book.

“God is truly in this. I applied for every award that I could with my book in small hopes it might just win one placement,” Irish admits. “The competition is quite fierce in the children’s publishing industry, so it truly blows me away that my story about Jesus has received such incredible recognition.”

The Great Carp Escape follows siblings Beth and Paul, who are startled when they encounter an ugly, scaly fish they find along the shoreline – so much so, that they avoid the swampy reeds where it swims. They avoid it, that is, until a flood brings about a life-or-death situation for the carp, right in their own backyard. With guidance from their father, Beth and Paul are able to overcome their apprehensions about the carp and help save them from their disappearing habitat.

Maddock’s debut children’s book is not only based on a true story of growing up on a lake but is also a quiet allegory about the Gospel of Jesus and how He brings us from dead to living water. It is Maddock’s hope that The Great Carp Escape will act as a way to lure nonbelievers.

“This story mostly tells children and adults alike, that God thinks they are wonderful. This incredible love for us is truly, a message that we all need to hear, but none more so than our children,” said Maddock.

In addition to this strong faith message, the story also reflects community and includes underlying themes that teach children the importance of being a voice to the voiceless, serving one another, respect for all of creation and how knowledge and experience leads to understanding and compassion.

The Great Carp Escape has been endorsed by Canadian illustrator, animal advocate and popular blogger (The Pet Blog Lady) Lisa Taron as well as Kirkus Reviews:

“This book truly captures the magic between children and nature. The story paints a beautiful picture of how all creatures on earth are God-given and shows how compassion shouldn’t be based on popularity or defined beauty. This delightful and touching story carries such an important message of acceptance and joy. A pleasure to read and a surely a popular addition to any children’s home library.” said Taron.

About Irish Beth Maddock:

Irish Beth Maddock was a columnist for two local newspapers, has had stories published in Reader’s Digest Canada and broadcasted on 100 Huntley Street, CHBC Television and CBC Radio. She is a published poet and has both performed in and directed plays and musical theater productions. A playwright for a church drama production, her three-part monologue, Tapestry, helped fund-raise over $1,000. The Great Carp Escape is her first published children’s book, and has raised almost $1,000 for various churches, schools, charities and ministries.

A member of SCBWI, IBPA, InScribe and The Word Guild, Irish would like to continue doing something about those ideas that get downloaded into her brain at 2 am.

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