Xlibris Publishing is excited to congratulate Sylva Kelegian on winning the Book Excellence Award in the category of children’s books, for her book The Dolphin Princess, and in the animals/pets category for God Spelled Backwards.
In The Dolphin Princess, when eight-year-old Saroya loses her mother, her usually absent father takes her on a cruise for her birthday, which he forgets to celebrate. Devastated and very seasick, the little girl falls off the ship, trying to catch a locket that belonged to her beloved mother. Saroya is then rescued by a dolphin who takes her to the magical Animia Island, where she meets Josephine, a stuffed puppet; her son, Little Joe; Calista the conch; Jonbl the baseball glove; and the adorable Spoon. They, among others, were all unwanted and are now animate-alive. Through her new friends, the birthday girl learns she is not alone and that where there is life, there is love.
God Spelled Backwards relates the personal experiences of newlywed actress Sylva Kelegian when she shows up at a Manhattan veterinary clinic to walk a rescue dog, a strawberry blonde puppy stumbles down the stairs and into her heart – opening it to the plight of hurt and abandoned dogs everywhere. After a move to Los Angeles with her actor husband, Sylva finds her marriage and burgeoning career challenged by the dramas of good and evil, darkness and light, played out every day in the streets, backyards, and homes of rich and poor pet owners alike. God Spelled Backwards traces Sylva’s journey from reluctant New York dog adopter to passionate animal rescuer in Hollywood. Her story reveals what one determined woman can accomplish in the hope that, one day, man’s best friend will be treated as such.
Sylva Kelegian has been enjoying the fruits of her writing endeavors with notable literary achievements. In addition to the Book Excellence Awards, this Xlibris author has in the past already won two gold medals at Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards 2015 for her books The Dolphin Princess and God Spelled Backwards: The Journey of an Actress into the World of Dog Rescue. Such recognition follows on the heels of another accolade for The Dolphin Princess, which also won at the Beverly Hills Book Awards 2015. God Spelled Backwards was also a finalist at the same awarding event.