~ 2014 Nautilus Book Awards: SILVER-YOUNG ADULT FICTION
~ 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: CATEGORY WINNER- CHILDREN'S/JUVENILE FICTION
~ Mom's Choice Awards: GOLD-YOUNG ADULT FICTION-GENERAL
~ 2013 Writer's Digest Self-Published e-book Awards FIRST PLACE IN FICTION
Port Winston—home to sun, sand, and shopping. What’s not to like? Everything, to 14 year-old Elizabeth Barker, uprooted mid-school year to the Texas coast. When Grandpa, a man with more opinions than an Old Testament prophet, pronounces her 10¢ shy of worthless and headed for trouble, Elizabeth bolts for Wayward Landing beach—the county’s last wild haven.
A chance encounter with an endangered, nesting sea turtle ignites new purpose, friendships, and trouble even Grandpa couldn’t predict. Her fight to save the Landing unearths complex family ties to the powerful developer and catapults Elizabeth against those she loves. When the Deepwater Horizon oil slick threatens the turtles’ Louisiana feeding grounds, Elizabeth’s journalist mom hits the front lines. And Elizabeth’s fears and plans hit overdrive.
Elizabeth’s Landing, a compelling environmental and family saga, bridges risk and loss to hope and hearts — human to human, human to animal, human to world.
Debut novelist Pye presents a quiet, touching story of fighting for what one believes in, set in the spring of 2010 on the Gulf Coast. Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Barker's move from Missouri to Port Winston, Tex., has left her with no friends and little peace of mind. Her mother is constantly away on magazine assignments, her father is too busy to spend time with her, and her grandfather (whose heart attack was the reason they moved in the first place) constantly gives "I know best" lectures that tend to revolve around her. After saving a sea turtle and her clutch of eggs from a group of older kids on ATVs, Elizabeth begins to volunteer at the local marine science center and gains new friends in the process. When the turtle's nesting ground is threatened, Elizabeth has to find the strength and confidence to stand up to corruption. Elizabeth sometimes acts young for her age, but Pye is in tune with the novel's Gulf setting, highlighting the diverse perspectives of those who call the Gulf home while capably juggling the events that shape Elizabeth's world. Ages 10 up. (BookLife)