Silver Medal: Military Writers Society of America 2022 (Touch the Dead)
Honorable Mention: Readers' Favorite 2022 (Touch the Dead)
Gold Royal Palm Literary Award (Mystery or Crime unpublished): Florida Writers Association 2019 (Touch the Dead)
2nd Runner-Up Book of the Year (unpublished): Florida Writers Association 2019 (Touch the Dead)
Indie Author Project YA Florida winner, one of fourteen regional contests 2021 (The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis)
Military Writers Society of America, Bronze Medal YA Historical Fiction, 2013 (The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis)
Florida Writers Association, Royal Palm Literary Award First Place, Young Adult, 2009 (The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis)
Florida Writers Association, Royal Palm Literary Award First Place, General, 2014 (Babe)
Reviews of Touch the Dead
Military Writers Society of America, 2022
"Step by step, Eden un ravels a seamy tale of druigs, betrayal and murder with plenty of red herrings in this intricate, complex mystery."
Reviewed by Nancy Panko
Readers' Favorite, 2022
"A swirling mix of suspense, mystery, and romance makes Touch the Dead a captivating sleuth story you're hooked on from start to finish. The plotting is intricate and completely unpredictable." Reviewed by Pikasho Deka
Reviews of The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis
"Elle Thornton has written a novel . . . with memorable characters, a quickly moving plot, and a painfully accurate portrait of prejudice and intolerance in the South of 1957 . . . This is a book that should be on every junior high school and high school library shelf."--Reviewed by Mike Stevens, founder and lead moderator of the discussion group "On the Southern Literary Trail"
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The Los Angeles Review, 2012
"Thornton manages to balance the age and voice of the narrator with a lyric sensibility, as well as with subject matter that cuts to the strained and difficult issue of race in the segregated South." Reviewed by Renee K. Nicholson
Military Writers Society of America, 2013
". . .a well written story . . . Thinking of the bravery displayed by young Emmett when he faced his killers motivates her to go to extra lengths to prove her worth to the general . . . [it] will delight anyone who enjoys a heartwarming story. . ."
Reviewed by Joe Epley, Board Member, MWSA