Sign of the Sandman by Tom Turner named Foreword Reviews' 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Top Quote Middle-grade novel Sign of the Sandman, by Tom Turner, is honored as a Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards finalist. End Quote
  • Durham, NC (1888PressRelease) March 31, 2015 - Sign of the Sandman, the Magic Factory's critically acclaimed fantasy adventure novel by Tom Turner, has been honored as a finalist in the Children's Fiction category of the 17th annual Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Each year these prestigious awards shine a light on the best literary works from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors.

    "Readers of all ages have likened Sign of the Sandman to the classic fantasy adventure stories of children's literature so I am thrilled that Foreword Reviews has recognized this wonderful book as an IndieFab Book of the Year Awards finalist." said Stephen Zapotoczny, Founder & CEO of the Magic Factory. "Tom Turner spent years crafting Sign of the Sandman's imaginative story and this recognition is validation of his hard work, patience, and extraordinary creativity."

    "Hearing that Sign of the Sandman had been selected as a finalist for Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards was not only a terrific honor and thrill, but also one of the highlights of my writing career thus far," said Tom Turner, author of Sign of the Sandman. "I'm excited that more readers around the world will now learn of Charlie Galen, his best friend Plug, and their incredible dream adventure."

    During the next three months, a panel of librarians and booksellers across the United States will determine the IndieFab Book of the Year award winners. Foreword Reviews will announce the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26, 2015. "After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners," said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews.

    About Sign of the Sandman by Tom Turner
    Tom Turner's debut novel, Sign of the Sandman, follows young Charlie Galen whose vivid imagination has transported him places no other kid in New York City-or the world for that matter-has ever been. But even in his wildest dreams, Charlie has never battled an army of furies, gripped the Sands of Time, or spoken with the one person he has always longed to meet. That all begins to change one mysterious night when a series of strange events forces him to question everything he sees and believes, launching him on a journey that neither he, nor any who read his tale, will soon forget. For it is on this grand adventure that a magical world is revealed-a world that just might make all of Charlie's dreams come true, if only he can unlock its secrets before his deepest fears destroy him.

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    About Tom Turner
    Tom Turner discovered his love of storytelling in the libraries, playhouses, and movie theaters of Philadelphia. He was fascinated by the power and wonder of a great story and knew, from a very young age, that he wanted to spend his life dreaming up exciting characters and adventures of his own. Sign of the Sandman is his first novel.

    About The Magic Factory
    Located in Durham, North Carolina, the Magic Factory creates and distributes enchanting entertainment for everyone - exciting tales, both real and imagined, filled with brave heroes, wondrous adventures, and plenty of good old-fashioned fun. Recent publications include the critically acclaimed children's books Ranger Baldy and the Disappearing Waterfall, named a "Best Book of 2014" by Kirkus Reviews, and Sign of the Sandman.
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    About Foreword Magazine, Inc.
    Foreword Magazine, Inc. is a media company headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, featuring an award winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. Each magazine issue reviews the best new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.

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