Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell is a thoughtful, uniquely illustrated narrative about having empathy for other living creatures and sacrificing plans to help those in need, undercurrent with the importance of rescuing animals and a lesson in not comparing yourself with others. Kentucky Monthly
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 book is sweet. It shows real-life dilemma for a child: should she lie and say she did something wonderful or share the truth. Moms Radius Book Reviewer
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
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. Book Reviews Galore
Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell
Autographed book $18.00 plus shipping
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
Purchase through Amazon
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. Trooper is modeled after a rescue dog named Charlie.
The Maggie Project chronicles the journey from manuscript to book, shows writers how
to market a book, and helps parents teach kids how to recognize and handle peer pressure.