Inspirational Children’s Book Author JA Kundert Wins Top Prize in International Book Contest for Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride

Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride is recognized for its outstanding writing, design and overall market appeal out of thousands of books submitted to the Book Excellence Awards.

Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride is a captivating work of middle-grade fiction that follows eleven-year-old Abigail in her quest to solve a significant family mystery. In a series of fantastical events, Abigail tumbles from her 1976 Chicago life into the Wild West, where she meets Buffalo Bill Cody, friendly Native Americans, and Sego, a magical white buffalo, who helps her unlock the secret to her family’s past. Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride was named a Finalist in the Children’s Fiction category of the Book Excellence Awards. The awards competition is dedicated to recognizing both independent and traditionally published authors and publishers for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal in over 100 countries around the world.

Book Excellence gives my writing a mark of professional approval and recognition,” says JA Kundert. A best-selling, award-winning author of children’s and women’s fiction, Kundert writes with a passion and a purpose, to inspire readers to chase their dreams and believe in themselves. In writing Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride, Kundert’s goal was to help children step into their true identities and feel confident being themselves. “My goal is to inspire children to discover their world and give them inspiration for their life purposes and destiny.

Kundert expertly blends fantasy, history, and realism in this adventure story featuring Abigail, a relatable protagonist bursting with curiosity and imagination. Tasked with a school project that requires her to unearth her family lineage, she struggles to get answers about her mother’s side of the family. When she finds a news article featuring the story of Sego, a sacred white buffalo, she is reminded of her mother’s love of the majestic animals. She needs to ask her mother about her heritage, but after unexpectedly leaving on a work trip, her mother doesn’t come home. While hunting for clues, Abigail enters a linen closet that takes her on a magical journey through time to the 1800’s. Meanwhile, Sego, the white buffalo, has been sold to a Buffalo Bill Wild West revival show. Determined to live his life wild and free, he escapes his enclosure and joins forces with Abigail, who must help him find safety and peace. An enchanting coming-of-age story, the book delves into the quest for family heritage and explores the intersection between friends, family, and history.

Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride has received positive reviews from well-renowned literary organizations, authors, and reviewers around the world. Lee Gimenez, author of the action-packed thriller TRIPWIRE, writes, “Abigail and Sego is a beautifully written fantasy novel. The main character, Abigail, is a fascinating and precocious 11-year-old. Through her eyes we meet a variety of charming and entertaining characters, including friendly Native Americans and Buffalo Bill Cody.” In addition, Book Excellence writes, “An emotional roller coaster, full of warmth, love, and friendship. J.A. Kundert packs tension into every page in this historical, time-travel adventure.”

A captivating coming-of-age story with timeless appeal, Abigail and Sego’s Magical Train Ride is available for sale on Amazon and can be purchased here:

Readers, parents, educators and book clubs are encouraged to visit the author’s website for more information about the book and updates about new book releases:

About the Author, J.A. Kundert

Judy (J.A.) Kundert is an award-winning author of middle-grade fiction and non-fiction books. She is a graduate of Loyola University and earned her Master of Art Degree from DePaul University and the University of Denver.

To connect with Judy, please visit her website or Facebook page.

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