Maple Ridge author wins grand prize in international book competition – Maple Ridge news
A young author from Maple Ridge has won several awards for a series of children’s books she started writing when she was just 14 years old.
Leanne Van Dongen won second place at the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the Youth Author Fiction category for Kate the great, the first of three books in his inaugural series entitled Show time.
Van Dongen received Honorable Mentions in the same category for the other two books in the series titled Stage fright and The trio and also for Death Life, his first horror book for young adults.
“It is one of my goals to receive awards for my books, so I am proud and would really like to thank the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for this honor,” said Van Dongen.
The Royal Dragonfly Book Award competition is a global competition that recognizes excellence in all types of literature and book marketing, according to the competition’s website. There are 67 categories and the judges are industry experts, “with specific knowledge of the categories they preside over.”
Van Dongen won in a category where the author had to be 17 or younger.
The books were judged on content, originality – with an emphasis on innovation and creativity – and overall readability.
All winners received, among other things, a digital certificate and a digital award seal. To win a prize, the book had to score a minimum of 60 out of 80 points, even though the book was the only entry in a single category.
Van Dongen knew she wanted to be a writer when she was 10 years old. She started to write Kate the great when she was 12 – by hand. She published her second book in the Showtime series, The trio, in 2018 and the third book, Stage fright, in 2020.
All three books – aimed at children ages 9 to 12 – were inspired by Van Dongen’s love for figure skating and contained themes of friendships, the stress of performance and overcoming obstacles.
Death Life is aimed at readers aged 13-18 and is about three young girls who are physically and psychologically tortured by the ghost of an unknown girl.
Van Dongen is currently working on his new book titled Game of death, in the Death Life series, in which the three main characters must solve clues, puzzles and puzzles to find a missing person.
Van Dongen expects his new book to be released in late 2022 or early 2023.
The 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards competition is based in Hardwick, Massachusetts.
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