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News Stephen Award for Distinctive Cats 2019

Discussion in 'Site News' started by Bookangel, October 2, 2019.

  1. Bookangel

    Bookangel Administrator Staff Member

    Stephen Award for Distinctive Cats 2019

    In it’s third year the Stephen Memorial Award for books with Cats of Distinctive Character has been won by Special by Steve Callahan Once again, there were many excellent stories for us to read through and narrowing it down to a shortlist was as hard as ever. This year’s winner was an excellent tale […]

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  2. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Just to add more details on the Award.

    Bookangel UK is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Stephen Award for Books with Distinctive Cats.

    The Stephen Memorial Award is run by the Bookangel.co.uk book club, to commemorate their furry feline founder member, the rescue cat Stephen who passed away in October 2016, and the award was created to recognise books that feature cats worthy of Stephen's seal of approval. First launched in 2017 and now in it's third year, the award also serves as a way to bring attention to other unique cats out there that are looking to find their own forever home.

    The official results for 2019 were announced on October 1st. The 2019 winner was Special by Steve Callahan, featuring Kitty Wampus, a three-legged cat who makes the effort to overcome her fears and make friends along the way. Steve Callahan is an occupational therapist, working with patients for over twenty years. As a father to two great kids, he was inspired by his daughter to tell this tale. One of the themes of "Special" is not to judge a book by its cover, but see inside and realise all the amazing and wonderful qualities we can discover if only we take the time to really look.

    The judges also chose three Runner Ups from the outstanding entries. In no particular order these were Stephanie Barr for the "Curse of the Jenri," whose story revolves around Strength, Spirit and their siblings, six new born kitten familiars to an unwitting mage "Cecilia" by Debbie Kupfer, a book about a cat growing up on the streets of Jerusalem and finally Beatrice Fishback with her "Summer of the Missing Muse," featuring Pillow, a fluffy ball of pride that rules the roost.

    For the 2019 Award, BookAngel UK again worked in partnership with CatChat.org, and donated £1 towards rehoming cats for each book entered. Bookangel are proud to reveal that the award was able to raise enough funds to rehome twenty cats. Although the competition is over, advocates and sponsors are still encouraged to support Catchat directly through their website. Cats need rehoming all year round.

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