Deborah Burggraaf Honored For Latest Book

Author Deborah Burggraaf with her book, Sparky’s Rescue.

Local award-winning author and retired middle school teacher Deborah Burggraaf recently announced that her 17th book, Sparky’s Rescue: A Place To Call Home, has been recognized by the 2022 International Book Awards (IBA) as a finalist in the category of Animals/Pets-General.

It is also a finalist in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) in the 2022 President’s Book Awards in the category of Children’s-General.

On the book, Burggraaf teamed up with publisher Steve White of Protective Hands Communications to produce an inspirational tale about a rescue dog, Sparky, for children, as well as adults.

Award-winning illustrator Matthew Lumsden designed colorful and creative illustrations throughout the book. Burggraaf’s books are available for purchase at and on Amazon.