the story of a little girl and the rescue dog that changed her life

Awarded prizes by the Tennessee Mountain Writers, Writer’s Digest, and the Alabama Writers' Conclave


Illustrated by Emiliano Ballai 

  • Taking Chances2:24

A big thank you to the 

Woodford Humane Society for joining

Randi Lynn Mrvos at the book signing of

Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell ​

Autograph book to (type name)

Randi Lynn Mrvos​


​I reviewed this book for my website and I really loved it! It teaches kids what's really important in life - and that quite often comes in the package of four furry paws!
Pet Friends Magazine, Jen Isbell

This charming story helps kids to understand the importance of empathy and unconditional love.  My kids delighted in reading this book and getting to know the furry friend at the heart of the story.

Magnolias and Manuscripts, Jennifer Prevost

Good life lessons are touched upon—peer pressure, competition, talking to  your family, having the support from your family, and knowing in your heart that you want to share something that made you feel good, with others.

Sarah Kazenmaier

This book is great for children of ages 4-8. The familiar setting of children learning at school is something in which
children will relate as they read about Maggie. It is a great book that teaches problem-solving skills for students. Also, the illustrations created by Italian artist, Emiliano Billai, make the detailed and realistic illustrations come to life and leap off the pages. Children will remember this story and want to read it many times over!

Sharon O

Very successfully the author weaves a story of love and caring, of giving up and receiving. Maggie’s family chooses to forgo the vacation to rescue a dog lying by the roadside. Every choice has a consequence. So much to learn from such a simple story. Young 4-8 years old will enjoy the tale, their parents will talk of problem-solving, compassion, care for animals.  Anjali 

​​​​Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell



Audio: "Taking Chances" by Skip Peck 

$18.00 plus shipping. 

     Maggie was written in 2011.

     The title for the book changed four times.

     The manuscript was shelved for five years.

     Maggie was submitted to 50 publishers before it was accepted for publication.  

Maggie is purely invented, but Trooper is modeled after a rescue dog named Charlie.

The Maggie Project chronicles the journey from manuscript to book