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A flooding river takes Clarissa Catfish to the Peoria Riverfront Museum. She thought exploring the Illinois River was exciting but once she is taken inside the museum, the real adventure begins. Clarissa explores the exhibits and makes new friends but will she escape the man who has dinner plans for her?

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Roadrunners run. Why don't they fly? Take a look in this book and you'll find out why.

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What happens to a booby that can't fly? Brian Brown Booby, a resident of Cayman Brac, finds himself stranded on a beach on Grand Cayman. The Brac is too far away for a booby to fly to, even if Brian could fly, which he can't. Will he make it back to the Brac? Fly Back to the Brac, Brian Brown Booby is the heartwarming true story of a young brown booby found on a beach on Grand Cayman. He was cared for by an animal rehabilitator and eventually learns to fly with others of his species. The book is available on Amazon.

Immature Brown Booby

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Silent Rocks highlights the damage caused by human activity to the iguanas on Cayman Brac. The book is now available on Amazon This book highlights the damaging effect of human behavior on the lives of native iguanas on Cayman Brac, an island in the Cayman Islands south of Cuba. Iguanas do not fare well in the face of human behavior, such as clearing land to build houses, leaving dangerous trash that accumulate in shallow waters, and paving roads that tempt the iguanas onto the warm pavement to bask, only to be maimed or killed by heedless drivers. The book encourages thoughtful awareness and action to help protect iguanas, and is suitable for all ages.

Iguana on Cayman Brac

Iguana on Cayman Brac

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The Lime Lizard Lads, curly-tail lizards of Cayman Brac, seek an adventure up on the bluff. Their goal is to reach Nani Cave and meet the dragon that lives there. Gene and Bony soon realize how big and how dangerous the world really is. Leaving home is easy, but can the lads make it back?
Available now on Amazon in print and Kindle formats!

Lizardnapped!

Captured by poachers, Curtis Curly-tail finds himself on a boat full of native animals being smuggled out of The Bahamas. As he struggles to help the other animals escape, he realizes he may not be able to save himself.
Available now on Amazon in print and Kindle formats!

Conch from the Bahamas. Photo by the author

Curtis and the Hutia

Curtis Curly-tail, the perfectly-sized lizard from Warderick Wells, hears something noisy in the night. It's Horace Hutia and his family, crunching on leaves. Curtis Curly-tail meets Horace, an endangered Bahamian hutia, a new resident of Warderick Wells. The colony of hutias are damaging the cay's ecosystem. Scientists arrive to help, but what will happen to Horace? This book has several endings with different ways to solve the problem. The reader decides which ending would help the hutias most.

Available now in paperback or Kindle format at Amazon!

The hutia, Capromys pilorides, by Jensflorian, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Cover image for Don't Call Me Turtle

Tortoises are not turtles, for so many reasons. Learn these important differences and many interesting facts about tortoises, who live in the desert, and turtles, who love the water.

NEW! Don't Call Me Turtle! is available for purchase by bookstores from Ingram Spark! while individual purchases can be made on Amazon in print and Kindle formats!

Recent Review of Don't Call Me Turtle! in the Arizona Daily Star: "To the casual observer, turtles and tortoises appear to share so many similarities that we often use the names “turtle” and “tortoise” interchangeably. But the fact is that they couldn’t be more different, says Elaine Powers, whose charming picture book employs clever rhymes and colorful illustrations to demonstrate why the two should never be confused. To begin with, while some turtles were built to paddle around in the water, she says, tortoises were not – throw a tortoise in the water, and he’ll drown. And that’s just the beginning of her lesson about these special — and very distinctive — reptiles, a lesson sure to fascinate junior naturalists and animal lovers."

Desert Tortoise. Photo by the author

Curtis, the perfect curly-tail lizard of Warderick Wells, decides to see where the tourists come from. He sets sail on his adventure in a ship of sneakers.

Based on the true experiences of the author's visits to the Bahamas.

Buy it on Amazon!


The original Curtis Curly-tail. Photo by the author

Curtis Curly-tail Now Available in French and Spanish!
Check out my new editions of Curtis Curly-tail now available at Amazon! Curtis Colirizada y el Barco de Zapatillas: Un Cuento de Aventura (Spanish Edition) and Curtis Queue Bouclee et le Bateau de Sneakers: Un Queue d'Aventure (French Edition)