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Outskirts Press Announces the Publication of Critters - A Dog’s Tale from Antioch, Ca Author Rochelle Kelly Vail

Antioch, CA, December 13, 2008 --( Outskirts Press author Rochelle Kelly Vail delivers an animal adventure like no other in Critters - A Dog’s Tale, a touching coming-of-age story for children that combines humor and adventure. At times a gritty portrayal of the perils that face abandoned pets, this thought-provoking action-adventure explores the powerful connection we share with domesticated animals and the role we play in their lives.

“Dog” is a pup too young to have earned a name. All he knows is that his life has taken a dramatic twist, and he and his pals from the animal hospital must set out to unravel the mystery of what has happened to Dog’s family. The critters include a stuttering ferret, a yappy little dog, a blind cat, a shy gerbil, and a tough old canine. This unlikely band follows Dog everywhere and seems determined to find in him what he can’t see for himself. Dog is insecure and fearful, and when one of his new pack members is stolen away and the pack plots his rescue, he is tested in a way he could never have imagined. Despite himself, Dog becomes the hero of his own amazing story.

First-time author Rochelle Kelly Vail, a longtime animal advocate, wanted this story (told from the perspective of the main character, Dog) to ring true. “Readers deserve that, and while the storyline in Critters is tough to swallow in spots, I think it shines a spotlight on some painful truths in our society, especially in how we treat our pets. I hope to inspire readers to look at their animals in a different light and hopefully make some future pet guardians cognizant of the choices they make.”

Critters will also appeal to children and young adult readers in another significant way: the notion of family and what it means to be a participating member of one. Like many children growing up in this age of evolving family dynamics, the main character in Critters has been thrust into an unfamiliar environment—one he fervently opposes. How Dog deals with what he cannot change is very much at the heart of this adventure. And since adventure is, after all, the mainstay of any good children’s novel, Critters delivers in full. It is a story of loss and discovery that will touch readers of all ages.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-0826-9 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback SRP: $11.95
Genre: Children’s

About the Author: Rochelle Kelly Vail, a California native, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.

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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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