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ToyBox Books “Between A Roc and A Hard Place” Receives A 2010 Holiday Seal of Approval

Front cover of Between a Roc and a Hard Place by Danny Birt

Front cover of Between a Roc and a Hard Place by Danny Birt


Winston Salem, NC (November 16, 2010) – If you found a baby floating down a stream in a wicker basket, or even opened your door and found that baby on the front step you’d take him in, wouldn’t you? Well, what if it was a baby dragon? That’s precisely what happened at the National Parenting Center when they found children’s novel, Between A Roc and A Hard Place, at their award-submissions door.

In spite of the obvious fire hazard the mythical little lizard represented (especially being made of paper and all), The National Parenting Center judges took her in, and promptly awarded Tephra and her new family of Rocs the National Parenting Center Holiday Seal of Approval for 2010.

ToyBox Books Between A Roc and A Hard Place, by Danny Birt

Award Category: Children’s Books

Recommended Ages: 9 and Up

Price: $12.00

Between a Roc and a Hard Place is the story of a young dragon named Tephra, who is abandoned as an egg and is subsequently adopted and raised by a family of giant birds (Rocs). Through trial and error, Tephra and her family members learn along the way what being a family really means. The story explores intricacies of adoption, especially interracial adoptions, all without ever mentioning the word ‘adoption.’ This theme is subtle to be appropriate for young adults who are exploring where they came from and who they are. The story follows a single character and can be read by young adults as such, but each chapter is written as a separate short story based around different characters’ interactions with the main character, making it accessible to younger readers who might read a chapter each night with their parents. Danny Birt, the author, has an MA degree in music therapy, and has worked with children who have special needs.”

Between A Roc and a Hard Place is published by ToyBox Books, a division of Cyberwizard Productions, a traditional, royalty-paying small-press publisher that provides high quality, enjoyable reading material for children and young adults.

The paperback book can be ordered online at Children as young as 9 will enjoy reading the book with their parents, and young adults will devour it, dare we say, like a dragon.


The National Parenting Center was founded in July of 1989 with the intention of providing the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice to parents everywhere. The advice provided is furnished by some of the world’s most respected authorities in the field of child rearing and development.

The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval program, created in 1990 as an adjunct to TNPC’s support services, identifies the finest products and services being marketed to the parent/child audience. From educational and entertainment products and equipment to travel destinations, the consumer oriented testing process solicits evaluations from parents and their children. This award signifies to other parents that their peers have acknowledged a product’s quality and desirability based on a wide variety of determining factors.

By any yardstick there is no denying that 2010 was a tumultuous year throughout the world and here at home. As it releases the final Seal of Approval report of 2010, and awards the first 2011 Seals of Approval, The National Parenting Center wants to recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to persevere in a climate and times such as these.  The companies and the people behind them have created products and services that really connected with its testers and are deserving of this award as well as the benefits that come with Seal.

It is the sole intention of The National Parenting Center to advise, support and guide parents with sound, responsible advice.

Danny has played the roles of author and editor in science fiction, fantasy, and professional publications such as The Raintown Review, Strange Worlds of Lunacy, Flashing Swords Magazine, and Musica Ficta. His fantasy series “The Laurian Pentology” is being published through Ancient Tomes Press, with the books “Ending an Ending,” “Beginning” and “Beginning An Ending” already in print. Two more titles to complete the pentology are forthcoming. In addition to literary publication, Danny composes classical and filk music, such as his nonstop hour-long piano solo “Narcoleptic Pianist,” and the ever-peculiar and hilarious album “Warped Children’s Songs.”

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