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February 1, 2021
Winner for TopShelf Magazine Award – Young Adult Mythology / Fairytale

September 6, 2019
Nominated for TopShelf Magazine Award

February 27, 2019
Named Finalist for ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition

February 6, 2019
Named Semifinalist for ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition

January 16, 2019
Named Quarterfinalist for ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition

December 30, 2018
Named by Smore Magazine as one of the Top 10 STEM Books of 2018

November 14, 2018
How Humans Change podcast – How Christa Avampato Learned to Thrive After Fire and Lightning

September 1, 2018
2018 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in the Young Adult—Adventure genre and Wind Dancer Films Winner

April 2018
2017 Nautilus Book Award for Young Adult Fiction (Silver)

April 2018
Kirkus Magazine, The Woman Issue

April 5, 2018
New York Review of Books, Independent Press Feature

March 22-23, 2018
Featured author at Virginia Festival of the Book
Meeting over 600 students, teachers, and librarians at Charlottesville-area schools to talk about my book, the writing process, and the power of the creativity, curiosity, and imagination.

February 9, 2018
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) guest blog feature, What NaNoWriMo Gave Me as an Author—and a Person

January 24, 2018
Kirkus Review
“A suspenseful fantasy that delivers a richly layered, thought-provoking plot infused with messages about self-realization and the significance of imagination and creativity. The multilayered plot and vivid prose amply illustrate the tale’s key themes: the importance of human imagination, the arts, and invention as well as the value in finding and sharing one’s light.”

January 18, 2018
Midwest Book Review
“A deftly written and unfailingly entertaining novel for teen readers, “Emerson Page and Where The Light Enters” showcases author Christa Avampato’s impressive flair for originality and master of the storytelling arts. While unreservedly recommended for both school and community library YA Fiction collections.”

January 14, 2018
The Love of a Bibliophile
“Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters is a coming of age story that does more than just simply capture your attention…beautifully written & one of the greatest page turners you could ask for. Christa Avampato has recorded a tale that can’t be defined by one simple genre. Or one simple word in general. If I had to describe it, I would describe it as stardust though. It’s beautiful and clever. Old but new. Young and powerful.”

December 29, 2017
Live on-screen author interview on Cheddar

December 6, 2017
Review by TheNerdyGirlExpress

November 13, 2017
Lit to Lens podcast feature

November 8, 2017
Members Write Now Feature
Women’s National Book Association NYC Chapter

November 5, 2017
Review by Nancy Novick for West Side Rag.

October 29, 2017
Interview on Reading With Your Kids podcast

October 13, 2017
Interview on Megyn Kelly TODAY
Segment about my writing in personal finance and my professional experience in the psychology behind retail store design.

October 9, 2017
How Writing Frees Us to Free Others
Part of the #ShatteringStigmas campaign on the book blog, It Starts at Midnight

September 25, 2017
Personally speaking: Christa Avampato by Hudson Valley One

September 21, 2017

5star-shiny-hrReaders’ Favorite gives 5-Star reviews to Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters!

November 29, 2016
Listen to author Christa Avampato talk about the book and young adult literature on the Lit to Lens podcast.

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