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Las Vegas Children's Author C.A. Hartnell's New Book Series

Take a blast to the past in Las Vegas children's author C.A. Hartnell's fast-paced, fun-filled, historical fiction chapter books about the 1950s for middle-grade readers eight and up. The four books take place in El Monte, California, during the spring, summer, fall, and winter of 1955. The book titles reflect each of these seasons. They are Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, and Close Calls, Ferocious Fall: Our Wild Weather Escapes, and Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks. This four-book series, The1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann, was inspired by real places and actual events from the author's childhood that she desires to share with her readers.

Hartnell, of Las Vegas, Nevada, spent her grammar school years during the 1950s in El Monte, home of American Legion Stadium, where rock 'n' roll and cool cars thrived and multiplied, so she is uniquely qualified to write about those exciting and turbulent times. The author's 1937 Ford Slantback hot rod named Hawksride, with its chopped-top and painted flames, would have been right at home in the Legion's parking lot. Hartnell's eleven-year-old main characters in all four books, Pete and Carol An,n plus their beagle hound, courageously face the disease of polio during a scary Spring, learn to surf in wild waves, escape a dangerous Fall dust devil plus bad-news bullies, and collect clues to solve a mystery in order to save their Christmas joy. Cruise along with these All-American kids as a hip teen-age driver takes them for rides on Route 66 to Los Angeles, Lytle Creek, and Oak Glen, on Highway 39 to Huntington Beach for a day at the ocean, and other equally entertaining places in beautiful Southern California. Like wow!

Hartnell has created special stories filled with friendship, fun, mystery, magic, and adventure to entertain and encourage readers throughout the scary, sinister, ferocious, and wild year of 1955. Order these four historical fiction chapter books today!


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