PARADISE, Indiana – “The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana’s Football World” was recognized May 22 as a Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The award is open to all English language books including small presses, university presses and independent publishers. Works published from 2009 to 2012 were eligible for consideration. The award is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.
Written by Chicago-based author Thom Wilder, “The Road to Paradise” (Dog Ear Publishing, 2012) is the underdog story of a diminutive yet determined football team from tiny Paradise, Indiana. Given little chance to advance far into the state playoffs, the team of destiny overcame incredible odds to beat the seemingly invincible giants of Indiana high school football.
“It’s a great story about a great team in a great time,” Wilder said. “This undersized football team literally shocked the Indiana football establishment.”