Runaway Smile by Nicholas C. Rossis–a “Connie’s Pick”

Updates: On May 21, 2015, Runaway Smile became an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards. To read author Nicholas C. Rossis’s blog about being a Winning Finalist, click HERE. Runaway Smile is also a ‘Children’s Fiction’ Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book (IAN) of the Year Awards. Just before Christmas 2015, Runaway Smile won the Gellet Burgess Children’s Book Award. To read Nicholas’s post about the Gellet Award, click HERE. (Do I know how to pick them or what?)

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Runaway Smile with Awards

“An unshared smile is a wasted smile.”

Runaway Smile is an enchanting tale about a young boy who wakes up one morning to discover that his smile has fled. In his search for his fugitive smile, he encounters many characters whom he discovers have only false smiles. How can he recover his smile? Humorously written and delightfully illustrated, this book is great for reading to younger children, or for children who are early readers. (Many adults will also find it highly entertaining!) With a touching theme, just like a smile, it’s great to share!

I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…

–From Runaway Smile by Nicholas C. Rossis

Click here to read my interview with this author for more information.

Author Nicholas C. Rossi
Nicholas C. Rossis, Author

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Runaway Smile was illustrated by Dimitris Fousekis. To see more of his artwork, visit his site at

Boy from Runaway Smile

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