26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards:
Below is a brief commentary for your entry in the 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, thank you for your participation!
Entry Title: Nyira and the Invisible Boy: The Graveyard Club, Book I
Author: Kenneth Harrell
Judge Number: 68
Entry Category: Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 5
The description, the setting, and the level of depth internally and externally are excellent. As a reader we feel immersed in this world even though in some ways it is so different. And sadly, we can still relate to the effects of good and evil, compassion and vengeance. Since it is multi-layered, it does require a willingness to read slowly and be immersed in the stories. One problem I had from the beginning was trying to define the story question or main plot direction. The back blurb gave some indication, but since Nyira and Enriquillo don’t connect until the middle of the book, there is a bit of a hole. I kept thinking of her father’s statement, “You’ll know when it’s time to let them take you.” I wondered if perhaps she should also think on that as she was shifted from place to place to wonder if this next situation was still a part of her father’s advice. She obviously tries to consider his attitude toward finding good in others, and I like that Benzia also warned her about being considered property. Once in a while a more modern word shows up (like “vehicle”) but the overall world breathes its time frame naturally. Very glad to hear this is a series in progress.