A Gift from Miss Missy’s School

Dear Readers, Writers, and Their Grownups,

This Christmastime and Holiday Season, all of us at Miss Missy’s School would love to give you the gift of family reading. If you’ve read our book for middle-grade and young adult readers and their grownups, please pass along to your family and friends what a fun story it is, so other families can enjoy it as well.

If you haven’t read the book yet, over the next couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ll be posting excerpts from Miss Missy’s School: A Pack of Farm Dogs Starts a School. We’ll always link to a pdf file that you can download and print, so you won’t have to look at a screen during family reading time if you don’t want to.

Let’s start with what you’d read first, if you picked up Miss Missy’s School in a bookstore, the back cover blurb. Missy herself wrote this brief description of the book.

Dear Children and Their Grownups,

Two of my people have created a book just for you—readers who long for a story of a different sort. In our tale there are no dragons for heroes to slay, or worlds for wizards to save. It’s simply the story of how my pack and I came to realize we needed a school for all the animals on our farm who wanted to learn and teach from those great books of knowledge passed down to us through… Oh, sorry! Marica says I run on sometimes. Back to our story. Mighty were the challenges we faced! It’s not easy starting a school. But in the end, teamwork, perseverance, and creative thinking paid off.

I know you’ll love our story! We are an entertaining pack, and with our people, an endearing family. But I must warn you. Though Marica wants you to make new friends and enjoy our little adventures, she also wants you to learn a few things. You may have never heard of some of these, so she explains them along the way.

I wish I could tell you more, but I must get back to that lesson plan for The Jungle Book. It’s not writing itself, you know. See you inside!



If you can’t wait to get started and see what’s happening, you can download and read the Preview.

The Preview is all of the beginning of the book, up to the middle of “Chapter III: Farther Along Farm.”

You could spend two or three nights of cozy family reading, getting to know Missy, her Dear Friend Rocky, Tiger the Cat, Gilbert & Bebe, and the poor starving hound and her pup who Missy and Rocky discovered one night when…

THE STORM HAD PASSED but the wind was still howling ferociously when Marica opened the door to let Rocky and Missy out for their evening patrol around Farther Along Farm.

Please share.