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Sixtus Z. Atabong’s My Father’s Gift has won a gold Benjamin Franklin Award in the inspirational category, and Christine A. Emery and Kellie R. Emery’s The Black Cloud Blues has won a silver in the category of interior design: children’s/young adult! Congratulations!

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My Father’s Gift: How One Man’s Purpose Became a Journey of Hope and Healing by Sixtus Z. Atabong

Born into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of hope. He was eleven, but he triumphed against all odds to give his children the best care and education available. Eventually, he sacrificed his most valuable possession, his son Sixtus, sending him to study in the United States with nothing more than lessons learned from his days working the farms and his father’s basic biblical teachings. Sixtus Atabong’s journey of temptations and challenges in the US gives rise to a mission: to give back. He uses his gift to extend God’s healing hands and unfailing love to the far corners of the earth through sustainable health care infrastructures. Fulfilling his father’s dream, Sixtus hopes that he too can leave the world a better place than he found it.


The Black Cloud Blues by Christine A. Emery, Illustrated by Kellie R. Emery

Are you sad and feeling blue?
Do you have a black cloud
following you? I know I do!

I don’t like this cloud one bit.
Come along with me as
I try to get rid of it.

Ironically, The Black Cloud Blues is a fun way to introduce kids to the concept of depression, and asking for help for not just physical problems, but also mental ones.