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New Children’s Book Takes Young Readers Back to a Simpler Era

Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2008 --( Outskirts Press author Ryke Leigh Douglas blends entertaining fiction with educational content in her new book, Molly the Trolley and Bud. The story takes place in a simpler time in our history when trolleys were an important part of everyday life and valued for their usefulness. Electric trolleys were only around for a short time, but as an introduction to mass transportation, their impact on our society was significant.

The clang of the trolley bell was a welcome sound in the early part of this century. The trolley was a very important aspect of life and provided reliable transportation to town, work, and school from the surrounding countryside. In Molly the Trolley and Bud, a special bond of love and friendship forms between a trolley named Molly and a boy named Bud. Once Molly’s usefulness is called into question, however, only their friendship and a very special promise can save Molly from a terrible fate — the scrap yard.

Molly, the bright, shiny red and yellow trolley, rolled out of the trolley-car barn just outside of the small town of Reading, Pennsylvania. Her heart thumped loudly with happiness. Her eyes twinkled with joy! Molly felt as proud as a six-year-old who had just lost her first tooth. Molly loved her job!

Douglas is a retired elementary school teacher who envisions this book as a good complement to transportation units at the second and third-grade levels.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-2207-4 Format: 8.5 x 11 color paperback SRP: $11.95
Genre: Children’s

About the Author: Ryke Leigh Douglas is a recently retired elementary school teacher who has loved reading since childhood. She holds an MA as a reading specialist from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Her years in the classroom, coupled with her love of reading, have inspired her to write for children. Ms. Douglas hopes that her books will encourage children to discover the joy of reading and provide parents and teachers with stories that are not just entertaining, but also allow opportunities to nurture positive attitudes, good character traits, and encourage thinking “outside the box.” Molly the Trolley and Bud is the third in a series of recent children’s books, which include Sam’s Surprise and Tock a Tick. Work is quickly progressing on a fourth.

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About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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