Monday, March 31, 2014

Debut title in award-winning chapter book series

Two all-American kids who befriend a runaway puppy, witness a hot rod crash, confront a terrifying disease, and find courage when they need it most.
Perry Cover
Take a blast to the past in author C. A. Hartnell’s exciting, fast-paced, historical fiction book for readers eight and up. Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955 is the first title out of four in the new four-part chapter book series titled "The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann" inspired by actual events from Hartnell's childhood.

In the debut book, readers meet eleven-year-old Carol Ann and her friend Pete, who leads her on exciting adventures straight out of the 1950s. Among other adventures, the two eleven-year-olds befriend a runaway puppy and spy on its owner, "mean, old Mr. Chester," confront their fears about vaccinations, witness a hot rod crash, find themselves face to face with the ravaging affects of polio, and more. The result is a wholesome, exciting, and poignant glimpse of life in the 1950s.

Hartnell is uniquely qualified to write about polio because several relatives had polio and other relatives were doctors who worked on the polio vaccine and were friends of the Jonas Salk family.

She comments, "I decided to combine my personal connection to this disease with historical fiction, which is my favorite reading material. Friendship, fun, adventure, mystery, and courage fill the pages of this book."

Hartnell's four-book chapter book series, "The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann," won the 2013 Mom’s Choice Award – Silver Award for California. The debut book in the series, Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, won the 2013 Moonbeam Children's eBook Awards – Bronze Award.

The other books in the series are Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, and Close CallsFerocious Fall: Our Wild Weather Escapes, and Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks. For more information or to request media commentary, email or visit

AUTHOR: C. A. Hartnell spent her grammar school years in El Monte, California, home of American Legion Stadium, where rock 'n' roll and cool cars thrived and multiplied. She's the proud owner of Hawk's Ride, a 1937 Ford Slantback hot rod with a chopped-top and painted flames. Hartnell is a board member of Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Southern California and has authored five activity books for them. She's written articles for the Guild's newsletter and the hospital's TODAY in-house newspaper. She also sits on the foundation board of Opportunity Village, Las Vegas, Nevada, and has compiled an activity book for them. She lives with her husband in the Southwest United States and has four grown children who have blessed her with twelve grandchildren.

Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955 by C.A. Hartnell
Hawk Prints Publishing
Category: Juvenile Fiction, History
SoftCover: 978-0985543303, $8.99
eBook: 978-0985543365, $1.99
Availability:,, Lightning Source, Ingram,, iBookstore, Sony, Kobo, Copia, Gardner’s, eBookPie, and eSentral

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