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RALLY CAPS Winner of Best Children’s 7 and Over Book by Reader Views 2007 Annual Literary Awards


Austin, Texas, March 20, 2008---RALLY CAPS, co-authored Stephen J. Cutler and Jodi Cutler Del Dottore, was selected as the Best Children’s 7 and Over Book of 2007 by Reader Views Annual Literary Awards. The entries are judged by Reader Views reviewers, all avid experienced readers considered experts in their respective fields.

“Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year from budding authors who have worked hard to achieve their dream of being published,” Reader Views Managing Editor Irene Watson says. “Our Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors, all talented writers who we know have very promising writing careers ahead of them.”

RALLY CAPS is a humorous, fun-filled baseball camp story. Ten-year old Jordan is injured in a frightening baseball accident. Recovery is difficult. At summer camp, he forms a friendship with a deaf Italian boy, Luca, who wears a cochlear implant. Luca’s compelling “Nothing is Impossible” attitude, along with the inspiration from his idol, Cal Ripken Jr., gives Jordan the courage to return to baseball with a passion. Recently Cal Ripken Jr. endorsed RALLY CAPS by saying, “RALLY CAPS is a heartwarming book about perseverance and courage. Congratulations to Steve and Jodi for taking the challenges in their lives and turning it into a wonderful book that helps teach valuable lessons of acceptance and resilience to kids and adults alike.”

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore’s motivation for writing was to create a strong hearing-impaired character who wears a cochlear implant, to provide a character in literature with whom her son and other deaf children could identify. Jodi, who lives in Grosseto, Italy, has taken RALLY CAPS a step further and is educating the Deaf community with her blog, “An American Mom in Tuscany: Jordan’s Cochlear Implant Story,” at

RALLY CAPS, published by Publish America, ISBN 1-4241-7381-7, 2007, cover art by Kathy Temean,, may be purchased at or any major distributors online. Casa Editrice Innocenti, a publish house in Italy will publish RALLY CAPS in Italian in May, 2008.

Reader Views is currently accepting submissions for the 2008 Literary Awards. Entry information can be found online at


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 Cal Ripken Jr.
 Stephen J. Cutler
 Jodi Cutler Del Dottore

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