Young Adult Novel "Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel" Wins New Apple E-Book Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing

Dayton, OH, September 11, 2017 --( "Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel" by Diane Dettmann was chosen as Medalist Winner in the Young Adult General Fiction category of the 2016 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Book Synopsis
Fifteen-year-old Yasu Sakamoto and her seventeen-year-old brother Haro, squabble over minor issues in life, like who wins the daily morning race to the bathroom in their tiny bungalow in Glenville, California. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941, forces them into a new reality: the battle to survive as Japanese Americans during World War II. Hours after President Roosevelt declares war on Japan, two G-men search the Sakamoto’s house and take their father into custody. In the weeks that follow, their family store is vandalized, and anti-Japanese racism runs rampant through the hallways of Jackson High School. Anger and fear flow through the neighborhood. In the weeks that follow, evacuation rumors spread rapidly. President Roosevelt’s signature on Executive Order 9066 forces residents of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes. Imprisoned behind barbwire, Yasu and Haro’s hopes and dreams unravel quickly and their young lives are forever changed.

About the Author
Diane Dettmann is the author of two historical fiction books, award winning, Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel and its sequel, Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph. She is the coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants, and a contributing author for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City. Her memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, is a personal account of her grief journey after the death of her husband. Diane has presented her books at various local venues and international conferences in Finland and Canada. On Liberty's Wings: A Post-WWII Novel, the third book in Dettmann's historical fiction series will be released in October 2017.

About the New Apple Book Awards
The New Apple Summer E-Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing was established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung books fighting for their place within the digital publishing world. Any English language e-book published within the last three years, currently available for sale by an independent author or small press that met the Awards' guidelines was eligible for entry. One book was chosen in each category as the solo Medalist Winner receiving the highest honors. In addition, the judges were permitted to choose up to three Official Selections for category distinction.

Contact Information
Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel is available in E-Book format as well as Paperback on Amazon. To find out more about the New Apple Book Awards, visit

"Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel"
Author: Diane Dettmann
Publishing House: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-5558-6
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