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Press Release: April 22, 2020




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Middle-grade science fiction novel Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse has been named a 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist!

New York City, USA — Today, Leo Gray Books is pleased to announce that Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse has been recognized as a finalist in the 22nd annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

As part of its mission to discover the best books from independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program to recognize the best of the industry’s talent each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2019. After more than 2,000 individual titles spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration, the list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 17, 2020.

Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse can be found under their Children’s Juvenile Fiction section at:


The complete list of finalists can be found at:


“One of the most difficult jobs our editors have at Foreword is determining which books will move to the Finalist round of the INDIES,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher. “We saw such impressive work this year, and it was extremely difficult to cull this list.”

“To stand out among so many wonderful submissions, a book has to be exceptional,” says Managing Editor, Michelle Anne Schingler. “We’re proud to attach our names to each and every book selected as a finalist, and we’re eager to learn how the judges received these extraordinary picks.”

“We’re beyond honored that Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse has been recognized by Foreword’s editorial team as a book of merit for children,” said K.J. Kruk, author-illustrator and award finalist.“In such a heavily saturated market, the work companies like Foreword Reviews do is extremely important in helping to bring quality books into the hands of readers.”


Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is the publisher of the only review journal completely devoted to independent publishing: Foreword Reviews, a Folio: award-winning bimonthly print review journal. Foreword exclusively covers university and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and their authors. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan.

K.J. Kruk is both the author and illustrator of the middle-grade science fiction novel Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse, published March 19th, 2019 with Greenleaf Book Group Press. Kruk is also the creator of TOL Academy, an online educational resource for teachers, parents, and librarians to pair with the book, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2020. Additionally, Kruk is the principal grantor of The Super Stellar Dream Scholarship, an international scholarship that offers young minds pursuing innovative, altruistic goals in the Arts and STEM the opportunity to bring their dreams to fruition.

For more on K.J. Kruk, visit: https://www.kjkruk.com

For more on Leo Gray Books, visit: https://www.leograybooks.com 

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