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Cape author wins three literary awards for ‘From Riches to Rags’

July 6, 2018
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Local author and teacher Jaclyn Howell's new children's novel "From Riches to Rags" has been awarded with the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in three different e book categories. The Cape Coral author and school teacher aims to help children deal with entitlement and bullying.

The Purple Dragonfly Awards recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children's literature and highlight up-and-coming, newly published authors, and younger published authors.

"I am so honored and excited to win not just one, but three awards and for the opportunity to have my book reach a lot more children and parents," Howell said.

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Judges selected the winners based on content, originality and overall readability, and judges are looking for books that are original, innovative and creative in both content and design.

"From Riches to Rags" took home the award in three categories, for Spiritual/Religious Books, School Issues and for Charity/Making a Difference. All topics are vital parts of Howells new book aimed at children ages 8 and up.

"As a teacher, my life is all about making a difference in children's lives, helping students with their academic needs and to strengthen their weaknesses. As an author, I hope to expand my reach and help more children deal with difficult issues," Howell said.

The author teaches 3rd and 4th grade in elementary school and says she has seen many children in difficult circumstances, not knowing how to deal with aggression or conflicts.

"I have seen an increase of entitlement, bullying and the need to learn the powerful message of forgiveness. I think there are a lot more broken homes now and many of the kids don't have their mothers and fathers to guide them, as much as we did when we grew up," Howell explains.

In the award-winning book, Howell turns the classic rags to riches story on its head. The main character Serene was born with every privilege imaginable, but only finds true fulfilment once she loses it all.

"My message is about how to forgive others and learn to seek others for help and just talk about it,"?Howell said. "It could be a teacher, a guidance councillor or a pastor from a church. Hopefully that person listening will help guide them on the right path."

"From Riches to Rags" is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online book shops.

About the Royal Dragonfly Book Award

The Royal Dragonfly and Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are prestigious national book contests recognizing exceptional authors for excellence in writing and publishing. The initiator, Story Monsters LLC is also home to the award-winning Story Monsters Ink magazine, the literary resource for teachers, librarians, and parents - selected by School Library Journal as one of the best magazines for kid and teens. More information on



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