Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star, a biography for middle-graders about America’s first female comedian, won the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s 2018 Award for Best Juvenile Book. The author, Lois V. Harris, will accept the award and celebrate with other winners in literature, film, and music in Oklahoma City in April.

In addition to her comedy, Lotta Crabtree was the first female to strum the banjo onstage. The national star built a home on Lake Hopatcong in the late 1800s and enjoyed many summers in her “cottage.” Several photo images for the book were obtained from the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum.

Harris is also the author of Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter, award-winning Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist, and Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English (creative writing), Harris is a writing instructor at Skagit Valley College in Washington. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Authors Guild.

The 80-page book is available from Pelican Publishing Co., Inc. You may purchase the book in hardcover or for Kindle on Amazon by clicking here. For more information about the author, visit www.loisharris.net.

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