Best of Texas Book Award: Let The Little Birds Sing by Sandra Fox Murphy

A girl’s journey during harrowing times as a wagon train carries a pioneering family from the north to Texas.

Let The Little Birds Sing by Sandra Fox Murphy has received the 2019 Best of Texas Book Award for Texas Historical Novel.

B. Alan Bourgeoise, founder and director of the Texas Association of Authors, point out, “Readers of the exceptional titles selected for the Book Awards would agree that they are winning reads and top-tier selections in their categories. By any measure, the distinguished books from this year’s forty-eight winners are of stellar quality. Readers will love to fall into the pages and climb out with the greatest of satisfaction.”

This is the seventh year for TxAuthors to select winning titles written by Texas authors for the Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children’s Books. The association has members from throughout the United States and is not limited to Texas writers.

The winners from this year’s contest will receive their prestigious awards at the Celebration of Authors Gala in San Antonio on July 27, which is part of the Fourth Annual Authors Marketing Event.

Let the Little Birds Sing

In 1847, the McCord family, filled with hope for prospects of a better life, packed all their earthly belongings into covered wagons and left their homes in Indiana for Texas.

The world beyond was in front of seven-year-old Fidelia, and little did she know, as the wagons traveled down the dusty trail to the southwest, that there would be the need for all the courage she could muster.

Her faith would be tested and fortitude found in the most unexpected places.

Let the Little Birds Sing is the beginning of Fidelia McCord’s story, of the hardships she encounters and sees around her, told through the eyes of a precocious and determined girl.

It is a tale set in early America inspired by the journey of a girl coming of age amidst the perils of settling in a new and untamed land.

About Sandra Fox Murphy:

She is originally from Glasgow, Delaware, but grew up an “Air Force brat.”

Ms. Murphy was inspired to write verse and stories while studying the beatnik poets at Indian Valley College in California, and she is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Murphy stepped up her writing after retiring from the U. S. Geological Survey in 2009 when she started writing poetry and short stories with her writing club in Round Rock, Texas.

A Thousand Stars is her first novel, the story about Ann Hill that she was compelled to write. It is historical fiction set in Rhode Island during the seventeenth century, a story inspired by true events and colorful characters.

Her novel, That Beautiful Season, is a tale of the Civil War and its aftermath. A story rich in the love of family and the land near the Chesapeake Bay.

Her most recent release, Let the Little Birds Sing, is a story set in mid-nineteenth century America, inspired by true events … a girl’s journey during harrowing times as a wagon train carries a pioneering family from the north to settle in Cypress Creek near Austin City in Texas.

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