2015 Pacific Rim Book Festival, Honorable Mention
2011 Character Building Counts Award, Silver Seal
Story Monsters Ink, review by Darleen Wohlfeil, February 2016 issue:Ride to the Stars is a tender children's story about life, loss, and love. So often when we are faced with such events, we are at a loss for what to say. Overwhelmed with the details, we desperately attempt to soothe the wounded with meaningfully overused sayings, leaving the heart void of our intentions. Especially the heart of a child, who has not yet grasped such idioms and phrases. I personally found myself faced with this very thing.Heartbroken as one may be, little minds warped with grief want an explanation. They too desperately need to find peace and understanding to right the upheaval in their lives. Suzanne Gene Courtney has drawn from her own experience, and lovingly brings those overwhelming losses of life into bite size, digestible portions. Courtney offers a gentle hand forward in bringing a new learning experience. Her story takes place in Hawaii, and we are introduced to Honu, a green sea turtle. We are provided with a glossary of Hawaiian terms and observe different customs and lifestyles. Nothing can replace what is lost, but growing and expanding can lessen the pain. Thank you Suzanne Gene Courtney!