Testimonials

  • Author C.A. Hartnell brings Christmas in the 50s to life in her classic children's chapter book, Wild Winter. Wild Winter, the fourth and final book in a series about best friends and neighbors, Pete and Carol Ann, offers a nostalgic glimpse into the lives of youngsters growing up in El Monte, California. Pete and Carol Ann decide to help raise money for needy families at Christmas time. But when someone steals from their fund, they are befuddled and dismayed. Despite bullies and thieves, the two are not deterred as they persevere and experience the joy of giving to those less fortunate during the Christmas season.

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  • This wholesome and engaging book takes two friends, Pete and Carol Ann, in Southern California through a spring season during the polio epidemic of the mid-fifties. My fourth grader and I both enjoyed reading it together and we're looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Sinister Summer was an enjoyable read and I loved all the 1950s references. It brought back great memories of when I was a young girl during those fun times. I would recommend this book for kids between 9 and 12 and to baby boomers.

    Gail Perry

  • This wholesome and engaging book takes two friends, Pete and Carol Ann, in Southern California through a spring season during the polio epidemic of the mid-fifties. My fourth grader and I both enjoyed reading it together and we're looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Margaret

  • If you are looking for a book that teaches about life in the 1950s in a fun way, this is the book to buy. The "scary" part of the book is in regards to the polio epidemic that was prevalent during the Spring of 1955. Since history isn't always a topic children like, I was pleased that my grandchildren enjoyed reading this book and learning about the polio epidemic, as well as learning, through the eyes of children, how life was lived in the 1950s. This would be a good book for teachers to use in teaching about the 1950s. I look forward to having my grandchildren read the rest of this four book series.

    Rebecca B.

  • This is a book for all ages, from 8 to 108, great to read andd educational too…carol anne story is sweet, fun and entertaining. It reflects on the 1950s, good time with family, friends, home baked books, diners and hot rods. This was also a time when things were a little scary, people faced the threat of the deadly disease polio and atomic bomb. read along with carol ann and you will really enjoy this book.

  • OH MY GOSH! I thought i was back in the 50's! Carol Anns Adventures bring the era back to life as well as being that age. its an east read and fun for all ages!

  • For those who didn't experience the 50s, this book will teach you many things about that time period in a  fun and entertaining way. For those who did experience the 50s, you will love being taken down memory lane. I highly recoomment this book for the whole family. It has something for everyone…historical facts regarding polio for the history buffs, hot rods for the car lovers, fun adventures for the young and young at heart readers, recipes for the food lovers, and last bu tnot least value teachings regarding God and family in an era when life was much simpler.

  • I enjoyed reading this book by Carol Hartnell. It was a fun adventure that brought back many wonderful memories of the 50s. Being a history buff I found the accuracy of this book to be exceptional. Fo rvcookie lovers the munch mouth molasses cookies melt in your mouth you met try them! It is refreshing to see an author give glory to the lord for her talents! I'm looking forward to the sequel book!

    Eileen Innis

  • What an original story! In a time when children's books start looking alike, CA takes us on a journey to the past with her vivid descriptions and acute understanding of young minds. A must read for all ages!

  • I was captivated by the story of Carol Ann and her friends. This is an excellent choice for a trade book for 3rd through 5th grade students. as a teacher i am concerned that students spend time racing quality books that pain the picture of young people struggling with fears and difficulties and developing character along the way. This one definitely meets that mark. 

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