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Stories from Longboater's father inspire new book

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Longboater Barbara Mishkin's new book is flying off bookshelves.

"TIP's Magical Journey: The Ride of Discovery and Inspiration," which came out Aug. 15, 2023, takes young readers on a captivating train ride filled with valuable life lessons. The book was inspired by a story Mishkin's father told her during her childhood. She passed down this story to her children, and they encouraged her to publish into a children's book.

The book follows an 8-year-old boy meeting characters from different countries and sharing their wisdom with him. It is an extension of the nonprofit she started nine years ago in Pennsylvania, the Inspiration Project.

"TIP's Magical Journey" has won several different awards from the National Parenting Center including Winner of the Holiday 2023 Inclusion Report, Literary Titan, Readers' Favorite Award and the five-star Readers' Choice Award in their Autumn Book Awards. On Amazon, the book has received more than 20 five-star reviews.

Mishkin said this is something she never expected at this point in her life. 

"It's a whole new world for me," said Mishkin. "It is the most amazing opportunity and is reaching people I didn't think it would reach. I have 80-year-old women who are reading the book and relating to it. So it is incredible to reach all these different audiences. Truly, a dream come true."



Petra Rivera

Petra Rivera is the Longboat community reporter. She holds a bachelor’s degree of journalism with an emphasis on reporting and writing from the University of Missouri. Previously, she was a food and drink writer for Vox magazine as well as a reporter for the Columbia Missourian.

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