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Georgia Author of the Year Awards | Children's Book nominees
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Georgia Author of the Year Awards | Children's Book nominees

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The nominees for the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Awards have been announced.

More than 100 authors have been nominated in 12 categories, including Short Stories, which is a new addition in 2012.

Nine local writers will face off to take home the top prize in the Children's Book category:

Robin L. Gordon
Lift: A Gosling's First Flight
A native of Michigan, Gordon has made it her mission to channel positive messages through her picture books. Her website says that she is certified to teach special education and enjoys watching geese in her spare time.

Carole Marsh
The BIG Civil War Book
Mimi and Papa's Everyday Amazing Almanac
Marsh is founder of Gallopade International, a Peachtree City-based publisher of educational books. Two of her own children's books are nominated this year.

Maurice A. McBride and Jessica K. Wallace
Oliver Vance, Pull Up Your Pants!
The Oliver Vance Project, co-founded by McBride-Owens and Wallace, encourages children to embrace individuality and to just "be themselves." McBride-Owens lives in Waynesboro, where he is pursuing a doctorate at Capella University; Dr. Wallace is a Florida-based award-winning educator.

Sandy McClure
Things I Ponder
McClure has taught language arts and now writes for Three Heart Creations, a Powder Springs-based publisher of positive children's books. She is also a proud volunteer with Operation Christmas Child.

Michael Parnell
SUGA
Marietta-based Deeds Publishing produced SUGA, the story of a friendly bulldog looking for a home. Parnell wrote SUGA with young fans of the University of Georgia in mind.

Susan Rochat
Mr. Robin and the Very Clever Worm
Rochat lives in North Druid Hills. She and her husband, Dr. Roger Rochat, are co-founders of Emory University's GEMMA Fund, which supports graduate students' research into methods of abortion across the world.

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Will You Be Mine? A Nursery Rhyme Romance
A writer and illustrator, Tildes lives in Savannah and thrives on both travel and the great outdoors. She published her first children's book in 1995 and has been writing ever since.

Emily Blake Vail
The Search for Ole Ben's Treasure
Vail, a great-grandmother of three, writes from her home in Morrow. She has written a number of mystery novels and sells her books at the Morrow Tourist Center, where she also volunteers.

The 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 16 at Kennesaw State University Center. The awards are sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association.

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