As third grader Mia Flores struggles to control her unpredictable ability to communicate with a Florida manatee, she discovers a magical, underwater world filled with unforgettable characters. Accompanied by Clark, her best friend, Mia undergoes breathtaking adventures that reveal life lessons all ages will embrace. The award-winning Mia's Gift launches the Muzzles-the-Manatee series and is on its way to becoming a modern classic. An adventure of the heart and spirit. --Kirkus Discoveries ### Runner-Up - Children's Books - 2009 Hollywood Book Festival ### Horable Mention - Children's Books - 2009 New York Book Festival ### Silver Medal - Best First Book - 2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
Victoria Weeden, an Air Force brat and attorney, has spent her adult life as a family and children's advocate. In addition to her law degree, she holds a BA in English. She's the former director of the Guardian ad Litem program for Florida's 12th Judicial Circuit. She's currently a consultant, designer and avid genealogist. Craig Weeden is listed in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, The International Who's Who in Poetry and at Poets & Writers. His work has appeared in such places as the Southern Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Chowder Review, The Smith, Cimarron Review, Writer's Digest, Tennis, and in numerous anthologies. He co-wrote the film adaptation of Painkiller Jane with comic book icon/legend Jimmy Palmiotti. Jane was optioned to Solipsist Films in 2014. Craig holds a BA in Sociology, MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. The Weedens live in Clearwater, Florida, along with their standard poodle, Lula, and an abandoned shih tzu who wondered up on their porch, Duck (short for Lucky Duck).