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Heart of a Lion: Our Journey of Faith and Courage

by Willie & Brenda Burton with Barry Kienzle

An inspiring story of overcoming life's hardships through faith and courage. Willie Burton was born with cerebral palsy. He suffered through painful surgeries and endless physical therapy sessions throughout his youth, but his spirit and determination never wavered despite his disabilities. With the support of this adoptive mother, he signed up for the wrestling team at Fairdale High School where he was accepted by the team as an equal, later gaining national attention for his perseverance in order to win a single match on the mat.


ISBN: 9781946664778

Paperback / 160 pages

Ask for our book at your local bookstore or order directly from Headline Books or Amazon. Autographed copies of Heart of a Lion can be ordered directly from co-author, Barry Kienzle at www.BarryKBooks.com


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Willie: A Super Friend!

by Barry Kienzle, illustrated by Devika Joglekar

Willie: A Super Friend! is a special needs book about making friends. Willie and his classmates find out that understanding can build a bridge to friendship.

Willie has suffered from cerebral his entire life. When he was young he was challenged with being accepted by other children as their equal because they either didn't understand his disability or were afraid he would get hurt playing with them. He learned to cope, mostly by showing them in many ways he was their equal on the playground.

ISBN-13: 978-1951556495

Hardcover / 32 pages

"Growing up in a wheelchair can make you feel like you’re struggling all alone. As a kid with special needs it’s hard to look up to pro athletes or movie stars because they don’t look like you or go through the same things. I hope this book shows young kids with disabilities that they can do anything!"

Willie Burton


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Willie: A Super Friend! – Creative Child Magazine 2021 

Book of the Year Award - Kid's Story Book on Physical Challenges

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Heart of a Lion – LA Book Festival 2021  Honorable Mention - Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

Willie: A Super Friend! – LA Book Festival 2021  Honorable Mention - Best Children's Book


Willie: A Super Friend! – Mom's Choice Awards 2020  Gold Award - Children's Books

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

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Heart of a Lion: Mom's Choice Awards 2019  Gold Award - Young Adult Inspirational/Motivational

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Heart of a Lion

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2020  Finalist - Parenting/Family Non-Fiction

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is a literary awards program that recognizes and honors authors and publishers of exceptional independently published books.


Heart of a Lion

Readers' Favorite International Book Awards 2020  Silver Award – Non-Fiction Inspirational