Twelve-Year-Old Florida Youth Wins Award in National Book Awards Competition

Share Article

Connor Wilson awarded Reader Views Literary Award for his debut book, A Giant Pencil (Magic Dreams Publishing)

Magic Dreams Publishing is pleased to announce that twelve-year-old Florida writer Connor Wilson has won a Reader Views Literary Award for his debut book, A Giant Pencil.

Wilson, who earned the distinction of becoming the country’s youngest traditionally-published author with the release of A Giant Pencil last Fall, has been awarded a Reviewers Choice Award for “Best Book Written by a Writer 18 or Younger” in the Reader Views Literary Awards.

An annual awards program that celebrates independently-published books and authors, the Reader Views Literary Awards recognizes excellence in independent publishing.

Just eight years old when he first had the idea for his debut book, Connor aspired to follow in the footsteps of his dad, novelist Jeffrey Wilson. Connor finished writing A Giant Pencil just after his ninth birthday and was offered a publishing contact by Magic Dreams Publishing, the children’s book imprint of Chicago-based traditional publisher, Weaving Dreams Publishing.

Written by a kid for kids, A Giant Pencil is a charming story with a positive, family-oriented message. A Giant Pencil has earned high praise, including:

“This book marks a strong beginning for a young writer.”
– National Book Critics Circle member Alan Caruba, editor of Bookviews

“It's refreshing having a story about the troubles kids face told from the viewpoint of a child.”
– Round Table Reviews

“A charming story of compassion and caring.”
– Bookpleasures

Connor Wilson is a sixth grader who loves skateboarding, playing video games, and fishing. Currently learning to Scuba dive, Connor, according to his family, holds the distinction of being the world’s best big brother to his little brother and sister, to whom he dedicated A Giant Pencil. Connor lives in Southwest Florida with his family. When not busy being a regular kid, Connor is hard at work on his next book.

A Giant Pencil (Magic Dreams Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-937148-12-6, Paperback, $12.95) is available wherever fine books are sold. The Reader Views Literary Awards is sponsored by Reader Views. Founded in 2005, Reader Views ( ) is based in Austin, Texas.

Members of the news media wishing to request more information about Connor Wilson or A Giant Pencil are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: 615-297-9875.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Maryglenn Mccombs
(615) 297-9875
Email >
Visit website