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Myrtle Makes “The List”

The news today is that Myrtle has made “The List” — CQI Magazine’s list of must-read books. This is thrilling news indeed and we are very grateful.

At the end of the year, I also want to warmly acknowledge:

  • Reviewers and journalists who’ve shone a spotlight on Myrtle the Purple Turtle and helped make it a bestseller
  • Book-buyers who purchased a copy for their family, friends, local schools, libraries and charities — and some who sent me such delightful photos
  • Teachers who are using Myrtle to instil in their students the value of compassion, respect, self-acceptance and friendshipΒ 
  • Librarians who have bought copies of the book for their members
  • All of you who have supported my family and illustrator Jo Robinson along our unusual journey to publishing the story of Myrtle. That includes you — my blogging, Facebook and Twitter friends, who have cheered us on.


I wish you a healthy and rewarding new year.

52 thoughts on “Myrtle Makes “The List””

  1. Great news. I just gave Myrtle to my 1- and 3-year old Toronto grandsons for Christmas. Their mother had heard all about Myrtle, had been planning on purchasing it, and was delighted to have it added to their extraordinarily extensive personal children’s library. The word is out. Bravo!

  2. Best wishes Ms CR OD, I’m sure Myrtle will teach the next generation some tolerance which our present society lacks. Congrats and continue to have more great New Years.. u deserve em.
    one love

  3. Congratulations, Cynthia and Jo! This is wonderful news! This is the power of having people believe in you, and what you do. The support is well deserved. Wishing you many more successes to come!

    1. Lavinia, you are one of the key supporters of this book, and you have gone out of your way to show your support, and I am most grateful. So, yes, I have to agree that this is the power of having people believe in my books and me. It matters greatly. Happy new year, Lavinia!

    1. You are so right! It’s a great way to end one year and begin a new one. Thank you. We are staying indoors as much as possible, because it’s freeeeezing out there! Stay warm.

  4. Congratulation, Cynthia and Jo! It’s a delightful book with a strong message thoughtfully presented. Our grandsons love it, though one of them thinks we should keep it on our boat so that we can read it to them there. Maybe we need to buy another copy…

  5. That is lovely news and a great way for you to start 2018. I hope the new year brings you lots of happiness

  6. Cynthia A big cheer for u and Myrtle the Purple Turtle! Congratulations to a very deserving lady! So happy for you. You must be over the moon.

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