NSE Titles Named 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalists

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St. Paul, MN—North Star Editions and our imprints Jolly Fish Press and Flux are pleased to announce that two titles have been recognized as finalists in the 23rd annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards: Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass and Paris on Repeat by Amy Bearce.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2020. After more than 2,000 individual titles spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration, the Finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team. An expert team of booksellers and librarians—representing Foreword’s trade readership—will decide winners across the country.

The complete list of Finalists can be found at: https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2020/

“The pandemic did not slow down the quality of great books coming from the independent publishing community in 2020. The Finalist selection process this year was one of the hardest our team encountered due to the vast number of excellent submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher.

“While in typical years, the judging process involves our team gathering and discussing books in real time, this year, we had to read separately, take notes, and converge to discuss the entrants after we’d all taken a turn with them on our own. While at first the change was nerve-wracking, we were delighted to discover that we’re as much in agreement when the process takes place across miles and weeks as we are when we’re sitting face-to-face,” says Managing Editor, Michelle Anne Schingler. “We’re as confident as ever that these Finalists reflect the best of the books that we’ve had the privilege of seeing.”

About Surrender Your Sons
Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare. When he comes out to his religious zealot mother, she has him kidnapped and shipped off to a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he “changes.” Connor plans to escape, but first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they are—and taking the place down.

Ages 14-18 / ISBN 978-1-63583-061-3 / YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT /
$17.99 hardcover / 424 pages / Trim: 5.25 x 8 / Publication date: September 15, 2020

About Paris on Repeat
Stuck in a time loop in Paris, fourteen-year-old Eve Hollis has to take big risks to discover what trapped her there, or she’ll have to live the most awkwardly painful day of her life over and over again, forever.

Ages 8–14 / ISBN: 978-63163-437-6 / JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic /
$11.99 paperback original / 224 pages / Publication date: July 14, 2020


Flux publishes diverse young adult fiction. North Star Editions, Inc., publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit fluxnow.com or northstareditions.com.

Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, is dedicated to promoting exceptional, unique new voices in fiction. North Star Editions, Inc., publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit jollyfishpress.com or northstareditions.com.


Since 1998, Foreword Reviews has provided trade book reviews of the best titles from independent presses. Its FOLIO award-winning design and editorial content makes the magazine a favorite among librarians, booksellers, and readers—an excellent resource when it comes to purchasing books. Foreword INDIES and the fee-for-review Clarion service complement our online content and print magazine, helping to showcase independent presses and their authors.


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