PARIS _ The 2013 Paris Book Festival has named “Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible” by Tokyo resident Suzanne Kamata (Gemma Media) as the winner of its annual competition honoring the best of international publishing

Aiko Cassidy is fifteen, has cerebral palsy, and lives in a small Midwestern town. For most of her life, she has been her sculptor mother’s muse. But now she no longer wants to post for the figures that have made her mother famous. She works on her own dream, becoming a sought-after manga artist with a secret identify. When Aiko’s mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition, Aiko balks. She’d rather go to Japan, the manga capital of the world. But when she gets to France and meets a hot waiter with a passion for manga, things change.

The delightful blend of cultures and the strong storytelling won praise from the festival judges and earned the top honors of the competition. Kamata will be honored at a private reception in Paris at the end of May.

Other winners in the competition:


WINNER: Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible – Suzanne Kamata

RUNNER-UP: Freek Show – Steve Burt


  • Freek Show – Steve Burt
  • Why Ostriches Don’t Fly – Irene Lewis
  • Fledgling: Jason Steed – Mark A. Cooper
  • Traffic Jam – Melissa Groeling
  • Visions of You – C.Y. Bourgeois
  • Alliance.125: Terra Unionia: The First Book – Raita Jauhiainen
  • Next Stop Chicago – Mary H. Bishop
  • Dangerous Fishing – J. Arvid Ellison
  • The Last Mustang –  Penelope Dyan
  • Goodbye Tchaikovsky – Michael Thal
  • Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness – Carol McCLoud/illustrated by Penny Weber
  • Four Times Blessed – Alexa T. Liguori
  • In the Face of Evil – Tema N. Merback
  • Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo – Susan L. Krueger/Reba Well Grandrud


WINNER: The Blue Lobster’s Holiday – Robin Taylor-Chiarello/illustrated by Lisa Bohart

RUNNER-UP: Dear Sun – Lauren Lombardo


  • I Wonder What It’s Like To Be – Mark Darlow
  • How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico – Rudolfo Anaya/Nick Otero/Nasario Garcia
  • Burton and the Christmas Tree – V.A. Boeholt/illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen
  • Horrifa’s Magic Makeover – Susan L. Krueger
  • Poems for Peter – Lysbeth Boyd Borie
  • The Little Apple – Deborah Smith Ford/illustrated by Susi Galloway Newell
  • The Cape Cod Witch and the Pirate’s Treasure – J. Bean Palmer/illustrated by Melanie Therrien
  • The Pink Cat in the Window – Catherine Elio
  • The Giraffe Who Walked to Paris – Dirk Wales/illustrated by Bridgette Comellas
  • Anni’s Attic – Anne Loader McGee
  • The Magic Owl – Lisa S. Johann/illustrated by Claudia Gadotti
  • My Teddy Bear Says – Kathleen A. Fox
  • The Travels of Ching – Robert Bright
  • Bogie Sees Paris – Arleen Shabel
  • Has Llenado una Cubeta Hoy? – Carold McCloud/illustrations by David Messing
  • The Taste of Snow – Stephen V. Masse
  • The Adventures of Izzy & Dizzy in Paris – Suzy McGregor
  • History’s Still a Mystery – Dell Brand
  • Always Time for Kindness – Anita Telle/illustrated by Denis Proulx
  • Will You Fill My Bucket – Carol McCloud and Karen Wells


WINNER: The beauty of the city in the last hour of the night – Alexander Forbes

RUNNER-UP: Questions – Directions to Who You Are – Tim W. Turner


WINNER: Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? – Alan Wiseman

RUNNERS-UP: Reflections from the Shining Brow – Kamal Amin
America’s Greatest Blunder: The Fateful Decision to Enter WWI-
Burton Y. Pines


  • 17 Cents and a Dream – Daniel Milstein
  • The Terrible Loyalty – Sandy Moss
  • “I Like Your Form” – Confessions of a Personal Trainer - J.D. Holmes
  • See for Yourself – Paul J. Dougherty, M.D.
  • Dictionary of Publishing Terms – Ingrid Lundquist
  • A World Torn Asunder – Marina Giurescu, M.D.
  • Skinny the Cat and the Magic of Kindness – Donna Rawlins
  • The Sphinx and Stonehenge Connection – Faith Booysen
  • The Little Toolbox for Anxiety, Anger… - Francoise White
  • Houston: Pretty Enough – Kim Halsey with Charles Lupula
  • Singing Solo: In Search of a Voice for Mom – JacLynn Herron


WINNER: Danse Macabre – Nancy Kilpatrick

RUNNER-UP: Birds of Paradise Lost – Andrew Lam


  • The Sentimentality from the Valley of Tea – V.S. Kalah
  • No Character Limit: Truth and Fiction from WriteGirl – edited by Keren Taylor
  • Vignettes & Postcards – edited by Erin Byrne and Anna Pook
  • Secret Breakfast – Candace Leigh Coulombe


WINNER: The Charmed Life of Flowers – Meredith Steinbach

RUNNER-UP: The Samsara Effect – Paul Black


  • Ain’s Song – Alice A. Moerk
  • The Rising at Roxbury Crossing – James Redfearn
  • Wiggle Room – D.A Winstead
  • Mattie – M. Ann Rohrer
  • The Length of the Leash – Gary D. Sproul
  • System Czech – N.P. Statham
  • Lessons from the Gypsy Camp – Elizabeth Appell
  • Prayer for the Devil – Dale Allan
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Francis Filosa
  • An American Century -John W. Kirshon
  • Strings Attached – Gay Walley
  • Sleeper’s Run – Henry Mosquera
  • The Ivy League Chronicles - 9 Squares – E.K. Prescott
  • The Linden Tree Legacy – B.F. Knudson
  • The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable – Gay Walley
  • Black Pawn – Michael Gerhardt
  • Camille Claudel – Alma H. Bond
  • Becoming Mona Lisa – Holden Robinson
  • The Coin – John Manhold
  • Monomania: The Autobiography of Tom Dory – Tim Dunn
  • Benevolent – Devon Trevarrow Flaherty
  • Price of Justice – Alan Brenham
  • Secret Blood – Don Stansberry
  • Murder at Motor City Records – Mark Bego
  • Silver King – Jonathan Herbert
  • Tarnished Hero – Jim Gilliam
  • The Corporation – Norman Shabel
  • Portraits of an Artist – Mary F. Burns
  • Code Name Sonny – K.E. Pottie
  • Three Days of Rain – Christine Hughes


WINNER: GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change – Sylvia LaFair

RUNNER-UP: 50 Simple Steps to Save the World’s Rain Forests – Kim Henderson


  • It’s All in your Dreams – Kelly Sullivan Walden
  • Cue Cards for Life – Christina Steinorth
  • Life as a Mother-in-Law – Olivia Slaughter, Jean Kubelun
  • From Fear to Success – Thomas B. Dowd III
  • When Someone You Love Has a Chronic Illness – Tamara McClintock Greenberg
  • Secrets from the Sofa – Dr. Kenneth Herman
  • The Smart Guide to Geothermal – Donal Lloyd
  • The Road to Ne – Kathy Hammond


WINNER: Reviewing the Montauk Legend – David Ritchey

RUNNER-UP: Fifty-Fifty: The Clarity of Hindsight – Julie L. Kessler


  • Flashblind – Paul Bernstein, M.d.
  • Paperback Writer: A Memoir – Mark Bego
  • Never Say Neigh – Noah Vail with Mary I. Farr
  • Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience – Janet Stickmon
  • Squinting Over Water – Stories – Mary Kennedy Eastham
  • Autism ABC – Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg/Rachael Mahaffey
  • Odysseus’s Ithaca: The Discovery – Berislav Brckovic
  • Butcher of Dreams – Kay Williams & Eileen Wyman
  • Postcards Home – W.D. Mast
  • Learning to Live with Fritz – E. Rawlins
  • Folsom Street Blues – Jim Stewart
  • Pilgrim: Tales of a Traveling Cat – Ellen Hasenecz Calvert
  • Breakfast with the Dirt Cult – Samuel Finlay
  • The Magic Pumpkin – Benji Alexander Palus
  • The Dark Side of Money – David Rogers


WINNER: A Change of Habit – Patty Ptak Kogutek

RUNNER-UP: Why? Answers to Life’s Most Important Questions – Mandeep Khera


  • Finding Redemption in Everyday Life – Lela Gillow Buchanan
  • Encouragement for Life Storms – LaTasha N. Cornish
  • Questions – Directions to Who You Are – Tim W. Turner
  • Grace Trumps Guilt – Donna Cole
  • The Pearl of Great Price – Veronica Hughes
  • Gift of a Servant – Tamara Amos
  • Truth Never Changes: The Genesis of the Path – Michael L. Kilday
  • Surfing on a Banana Peel – Brona Fanelle
  • Party of Twelve: The Afterlife Interviews – Barbara Wityh
  • Re-Orient – Kevin Weaver


WINNER: Evangeline: Paradise Stolen – M.M. LeBlanc

RUNNER-UP: The Battered Heiress Blues – Laurie VanDermark


  • Adele: Wilderness Bride – Thora Kerr Illing
  • One Last Dance – Mardo Williams
  • Provenance – Carol Smilgin


WINNER: Tears For My City – Dean Dimitrieski

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RUNNER-UP: Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect – Wendy Bertrand


  • North of Hollywood – Rick Lenz
  • Walkout – Henry C. Woodrum
  • Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living…. - Sonia Marsh
  • The Old Rectory – Julia Ibbotson
  • A Not-So-Nice Jewish Boys Faces World War II – Norman Beim
  • Hearts on the Line – Marla Martenson
  • Oh Brother! – Cliff Fazzolari
  • Insight of Perseverance – Christopher Thomas/Dewight Major Jones
  • Moving Forward – Mary H. Bishop
  • The Iron Butterfly – Choon-ok Jade Harmon w/Ana Maria Rodriguez
  • Queue Juper – Jill Perry
  • A Million Miles From Home – Jeanne Selander Miller


WINNER: Nigger for Life – Neal Hall

RUNNER-UP: A Poem Alights – Peggy Troupin


  • Angels in the Barrier – R. David Fulcher
  • A Conscious Guide to Daily Living – Amna Ahktar/Kiran Kaur
  • In Gravity’s Pull – Gail Segal
  • From Pink Bows to Red Stilettos - - Xia Devore
  • Qu c'qui faut Pas/Where A Poet Ought Not – G. Tod Slone


WINNER: Living Shells – Charles E. Rawlings

RUNNER-UP: Rice’s Owls – Robert Flatt


WINNER: Paleo French Cuisine – Chef Alain Braux

RUNNER-UP: Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves – Kimberly Lovata, Laura Schmalhorst, Lou Lesko


WINNER: Echoes – P.J. Roscoe

RUNNER-UP: The Five O’Clock Follies – Theasa Tuohy


  • Rising Sunsets – D.H. Cermeno
  • Mountains of Fire – K.E. Pottie
  • A Brief Moment in Time – Deborah French