Northport Author in the Running for Kids Book Awards

A Northport author appears in two categories of the Kids Book Choice Awards, with voting underway until Aug. 20.

Jerry Mikorenda’s novel, The Whaler’s Daughter, is up for votes in the Favorite Character Crush category. He is also a candidate for Best Stellar Storyteller.

kids can vote at

The categories are:

Kids can vote for up to five choices in each category.

“It’s an honor just to be considered with all these great authors and I’m particularly
happy to see the character of Figgie recognized,”  Mikorenda said. “He’s just about the coolest
indigenous dude you ever want to meet, and the best friend ever to have on an adventure.”

The Whaler’s Daughter (Regal House Publishing), is a historical seafaring novel that
takes place in 1910 on a whaling station in New South Wales, Australia. There 12-year-old
Savannah Dawson lives with her widowed father. She’s desperate to prove to him that she can
carry on the family legacy, but no one wants a girl in a whaleboat—that is, until Figgie helps
Savannah hone her whaling skills and learn about the Law of the Bay.

“This award program is great on so many levels because it gives the intended audience
final say over the results while also teaching the importance of civic participation and the
responsibility of voting,” Mikorenda said. “I’d encourage all eligible kids to vote for their

The Kids’ Book Choice Awards are the only national book awards chosen solely by kids
and teens.

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