West Linn, Oregon (PRWEB) August 20, 2013
"The Santa Switch", written by Laura Lee Scott, was recently selected as the winner in the inaugural Cascade Writing Awards for Best Published Children’s Book. "I am thrilled that ‘The Santa Switch’ has been recognized by the Cascade Awards' judges for its literary merit and compassionate, gender-empowering message," states Scott. The Christmas-themed book, written in poetic verse akin to "The Night before Christmas," brings a modern-day Mrs. Claus to life, shedding light on all the hard work she does to help Santa get ready for his big, annual toy drop. The storyline is accompanied by detailed illustrations which deliver a clever, whimsical twist on familiar "North Pole" characters, as well as a pet mouse that can be found on each page by the book’s younger readers.
"Mrs. Claus is the only female character in Santa’s world; yet, thus far, she’s played such a minor, one-dimensional role, most people rarely give her a second thought," explains Scott, who donates $1 from every book sold on http://www.jessicaclaus.com to the Children's Center, a private, non-profit that helps abused children and their families in the Portland area. "With women making up half of the world’s population, I felt it was time there was stronger female representation in this beloved legend. So far, the concept of a freshly-spun Mrs. Claus has been wonderfully received by Christmas fans of all ages. Jessica Claus is now a multi-faceted character who is fun, lovable, and infinitely more relevant."
Sponsored by Oregon Christian Writers (OCW), the Cascade Writing Awards was created last spring to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the faith-based writing group’s inception in 1963, and is designed to reward excellence in writing and provide a valuable reference for a writer’s resume. A complete list of the 2013 Cascade Writing Award finalists can be found at: http://oregonchristianwriters.org/ocw-cascade-writing-contest/cascade-writing-contest-2013-finalists/. "The Santa Switch" children’s book is available for purchase online year-round at http://www.jessicaclaus.com, as well as in select gift and book stores throughout the 2013 holiday season.