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Independent Press Award

2024 Distinguished Favorite

The Girl and the Lock on Her Heart

Lauren Lee

A self-love story that is easy to understand for children and relatable to adults whose inner child needed a hug! We live in a society where we are accustomed to focusing too much on the external world that our internal needs are often overlooked. It is time we go inwards and explore that love within ourselves starting from educating the young to healing inner child wounds!

A journey to love: friendship, romantic, and material love.
But the most important of all... self-love

There is a girl born with a lock on her heart, orphaned, and never learned of love. She is told that finding a key could unlock her heart and bring her love. So, she sets out on a journey to find it. But the journey is not easy, as she later learns that she needs to first find love before finding the key. Why is love the answer to finding her key? Will the girl who never learned of love find love and her key? She ultimately learns how to love herself which led her to unlock the power of self-love!

A self-love story being told with whimsical illustrations, limitless imaginations, and powerful self-affirmation. This story is a reminder to all readers that we all have love within us and that love for ourselves is more important than the love we found in our external environments.

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