Welcome to Saltwater Taffy
What can I tell you about Saltwater Taffy other than it’s been a twenty year journey to make this story happen. Even though the book you now see was written in a span of three months, the process to get here has been countless drafts that didn’t work. To now have Saltwater Taffy endorsed by 12 Teachers of the Year, win awards and become children’s Book Club and Accelerated Reader List favorite is beyond my wildest dream.
Well…it is my dream. A dream that started when my brother Gary said, “you have to write something for my kids, there’s nothing out here other than cartoons.” His kids are now well into college, so you can see how long I’ve been at it.
The book is distributed to the trade by the world’s largest independent book distributor, Perseus Distribution. Saltwater Taffy has won the Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal, the Gelett Burgess Gold Medal for Children’s Books, the Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal, and became a Benjamin Franklin Cover Finalist for Children’s Book Covers.
Over 5,000 copies have been gifted to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, The United Way, Read Across America, The Partnership for LA Schools, and actor Gary Sinise’s Snowball Express Foundation, which benefits children who lost a parent in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Commonly referred to as Stand By Me meets The Goonies, Saltwater Taffy is an edge-of-your-seat adventure for the entire family.