Pinnacle Book Award for the Best in the category “Children’s interest” for the book “Diary of a Traveling Hedgehog"

  • Born Against All Odds

    When we're born, we start with a blank slate, forgetting all that happened before. Most people think life begins at the moment of either conception or physical birth, but what if it really starts much earlier? What if we meet our parents even before they meet each other? What if we have a choice, and can shape our own destiny?

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  • Curious Things

    Curious Things by Hope Silver reveals the hidden lives and innermost thoughts of inanimate objects, giving the gift of emotion and meaning to even the most mundane items people use every day. Among the colorful cast of characters in this collection of flash fiction are a doll with a broken heart, an elevator who acts as a matchmaker, and a video-camera who thinks she was Alfred Hitchcock in a past life. 

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  • Diary of a Traveling Hedgehog

    Your child will be swept up in this diary written by... an ordinary hedgehog. But wait! If Hedgehog keeps a diary, he must be extraordinary.

    WINNER: The Maria Shevel Prize for Children's Writers. 8th Open Eurasian Literary Festival, Brussels, 2019

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  • The Cuckoo Who Was Diffferent

    Everybody knows what cuckoos do with their eggs: they take them and sneak them into other birds' nests. When hearing about how it was born from its adoptive mom the young cuckoo-bird decides that it want to be different.

    Born Against All Odds

    When we're born, we start with a blank slate, forgetting all that happened before. Most people think life begins at the moment of either conception or physical birth, but what if it really starts much earlier? What if we meet our parents even before they meet each other? What if we have a choice, and can shape our own destiny?

    Curious Things

    Curious Things by Hope Silver reveals the hidden lives and innermost thoughts of inanimate objects, giving the gift of emotion and meaning to even the most mundane items people use every day. Among the colorful cast of characters in this collection of flash fiction are a doll with a broken heart, an elevator who acts as a matchmaker, and a video-camera who thinks she was Alfred Hitchcock in a past life. 

    Diary of a Traveling Hedgehog

    Your child will be swept up in this diary written by... an ordinary hedgehog. But wait! If Hedgehog keeps a diary, he must be extraordinary.

    WINNER: The Maria Shevel Prize for Children's Writers. 8th Open Eurasian Literary Festival, Brussels, 2019

    The Cuckoo Who Was Diffferent

    Everybody knows what cuckoos do with their eggs: they take them and sneak them into other birds' nests. When hearing about how it was born from its adoptive mom the young cuckoo-bird decides that it want to be different.

    • Oxana Bistrova, Chelyabinsk

      How many people actually ask the question “Where do babies come from?”…

      This book provides an absorbing, fascinating and surprisingly vivid and truthful answer to this question! I totally agree that these tiny spirits, which come closer when we are on the right track, and sometimes disappear when we let routines, doubts and rationality dominate over love, manage our lives.

      I’m leaning how to orientate myself on this feeling… I believe it’s better to change life without loosing it, then to stay in the rut and never know what is miracle – when the baby finds you and makes you better, that he or she can be born… I would recommend this book to all future mothers, no matter when this future will happen to them.

    • Ksenia Orlova, Saint Petersburg

      It's a great book, without any excessive moralizing, without needless pain, but with a lot of joy. There is such indiscriminate forgiveness and such love, that the soul is starting to laugh. Thank you!

    • Maxim Klepikov, Yaroslavl

      Among my favorite books are “Name of the rose” by Umberto Eco and “Hazarski Recnik” by Milorad Pavic. I can easily call myself  “bookish snob”, spoiled by the intellectual prose, looking from above on Paulo Coelho with Den Brown, but I read Nadezhda Serebrennikova’s novel “Born no matter what” literally at one draught, although it could be traditionally associate with “women’s prose”. Who could ever think that I will read “women’s prose”! More than that, reading non-stop, turning pages frantically.

       Whimsy unpredictable plot of the novel goes with smooth style from the first till last page, in virtue of what “Born no matter what” is a real page-turner. It is a very good and kind book.  It is kind even though on its pages the characters experience sad and sometimes tragic events. And I haven’t met a kind book that makes you believe that life is wonderful with all loads and woes for a very long time.

    • Anastasia Senchenko, Voronezh

      After I heard only several phrases from this fairy tale novel, I wanted to read it right away. This novel exceeded all of my expectations! Surprisingly enough it is easy to read and captivates with a fast-evolving plot. Most importantly, I was surprised that it is possible to write like this, in a childish naive way (clearly in a good way). I was penetrated with the frankness and sincerity.

      Without knowing the author’s biography, I can only assume that all of these events she had experienced herself which is why the plot is practically assured. 

      By virtue of this book I believed in myself. I believed that everything is possible and there is no need to stick to some certain rules (quote: “There are no rules, Mir! Rules are nothing against what your soul wishes for. You know better what’s best for you”),  that it is possible to create new genres in literature, just don’t be afraid and do it sincerely.

      Thank you for “Born - Against All Odds”.

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      A Girl Named Charlie

      Sleep, Mama

      Stolen Day in Paris

      I'm a Russian author, born in Siberia. My American pen name is the translation of my lengthy given name, Nadezhda Serebrennikova.

      I began my career as a journalist for several newspapers in St. Petersburg, before moving to Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, where I completed Born – Against All Odds, my first novel. After winning the green card lottery in 2013, my family and I emigrated to the United States where we live in Berkeley, California. 

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        In 2015, the Russian original of Born — Against All Odds won the ‘Best Book of the Year’ special award in the fantasy genre at the International Russian Writers Competition in Germany. The following year, Krystyna Steiger’s English translation was awarded second prize at the 2016 Open Eurasia 5th International Writers Competition in London. It was published in English in 2019, the same year it won a Pinnacle Book Award in fantasy genre. 

        My collection of flash fiction, Curious Things, published in 2017, endows inanimate objects with human emotions, it got a special award for creativity at the International Russian Writers Competition in Germany in 2016.

        The Diary of the Hedgehog won a Pinnacle Book Award for the Best in category «Children’s interest» in 2021. 
         
        I can’t live without traveling and I like writing about my travels and other adventures.

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