"The Violin Family" Book Wins 2021 IndieReader Discovery Award

Melissa Perley’s book, an enchanting tale about a family of five string instruments, won this year's Children’s category award

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IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDA), which entered its eleventh year, was established to help notable indie authors receive the attention of top publishing professionals and reach more readers.

The IRDA is also one of the original review services for self, hybrid, and independently published authors.

"The Violin Family" is published by Rootstock Publishing, whose books have won numerous awards globally.

The IRDA judging panel comprised Maria D'Marco, Meaghan Hurn, Penny Sansevieri, Mercy Pilkington, Mike Denora, Phil Leo, and Sandra Smith, all of whom are professionals in the publishing industry. Judging was based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story. 

"'The Violin Family,' written by Melissa Perley and illustrated by Fiona Lee MacLean, is an enchanting tale about a family of five string instruments who love playing music and living together in their little Vermont home," stated the IndieReader judges. The storybook’s gentle, thoughtful prose and warm and vibrant drawings will invite readers, musicians or not, into its world of maple syrup pancakes and melodies — and they’ll never want to leave." 

"I am very pleased and appreciative to have won this award," said Perley. "The Violin Family is an introduction to the string family of instruments but also celebrates love, warmth and understanding in a family. I am proud to be an Indie winner!"