The Lewes Historical Society announced that its publication, “The Lost Locket of Lewes,” won the first place award in children’s fiction from the Delaware Press Association.

In this illustrated book, readers join Virginia and Rodney as they discover a world in Lewes that spans two centuries. Through its blend of fiction and nonfiction, readers are introduced to life in Lewes in 1893. Kings Ice Cream was a fish market then, and Biblion was a men’s clothing shop. Leah Burton, the daughter of Rodney Burton, helps the twins solve the mystery of the locket.

Author Ilona Holland drew inspiration for the story from an actual locket owned by the Lewes Historical Society. The keepsake, containing a lock of hair and a photograph, was found on Lewes Beach after the Great Blizzard of March 1888. After researching the journals of the Lewes Historical Society and interviewing Hazel Brittingham and Mike DiPaolo, Holland created this original story for all ages.

Since the book’s release in September 2018, Holland has visited area schools to share the book and the process of writing historical fiction.

“The Lost Locket of Lewes” is available at the Lewes History Museum Store, 110 Shipcarpenter St., and at; as well as at KidsKetch, 132 Second St., Lewes; and Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.