Nora and Kettle takes home Gold in the 21st Annual IPPY Book Awards!


IPPY Award Winners Announced for 2017 – NORA AND KETTLE takes home gold!

The medalists in the 21st Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards have been announced, the winning books make up an excellent and diverse reading list for those exploring ways to solve the world’s problems – or for those who simply want to escape with an entertaining read. It is with great excitement that we share that NORA AND KETTLE by Lauren Nicolle Taylor took home gold, in the National YA Multicultural Fiction category!

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” Independent publishers play an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to “the big five” conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding— and that gives adventurous readers an abundance of choices.

NORA AND KETTLE, as well as all of the IPPY medal-winning books will be celebrated on May 30th during the annual BookExpo publishing convention in New York, with gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions awarded in 83 national, 24 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew 5,000 entries, and medals will go to authors and publishers from 43 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces, and 15 countries overseas.

Start reading NORA AND KETTLE today! 

Winner of the Gold Medal for Multicultural Young Adult Fiction (Independent Publisher Book Awards)

 A “remarkable” (Booklist Magazine) reimagining of Peter Pan.

After World War II, orphaned Kettle faces prejudice as a Japanese American but manages to scrape by and care for his makeshift family of homeless children. When he crosses paths with the privileged but traumatized Nora, both of their lives are forever changed…

Lauren Nicolle Taylor’s Nora & Kettle is a heart-wrenching historical fiction novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Beginning of Everything, Eleanor & Park, The Book Thief, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.



Lauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Health Science degree with Honours in obstetrics and gynaecology.
She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.

She is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist, the USA Best Book Awards Finalist, and a 2017 IPPY Awards Winner.

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