New Children’s Book Teaches Children How to Fit in and Helps Fight Cancer

Cortland, NY, April 23, 2017 --( When Central New York resident Shellie McSloy was getting ready to publish her first children’s book, she looked for an organization that supported children in need, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital came to mind. With the release of her new book, “The Peach Soccer Game,” Shellie will donate 10% of the royalties to St. Jude’s on behalf of Spring Hills Farm. What better way for kids to help other kids than by selecting this story.

Showing that it’s not easy to navigate the pecking order of a new place, this fun story deals with the challenges of being the new chicken in the coop. Shellie was inspired to write the tale and draw the illustrations after observing the quirky behaviors of her own chickens. “The Peach Soccer Game” is available on

She also plans to donate copies of the book to local schools and libraries this year.

About the Author: Shellie McSloy currently lives with her husband at Spring Hills Farm in Cortland County, NY with their horses, cows, pet dog, and of course their chickens. Shellie has a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a degree in Elementary Education from Keystone College. Her writings can also be found in Farm & Ranch Living Magazine.

Book Description:
Fun at the farm! It is tough being the new kid, or um chicken, in town. Just ask Penny. Follow Penny and her feathered friends as they navigate the ins and outs of the hen house, going up against Helga the Head Hen. Can Penny find a way for her, and her sisters, to fit in? Inspiration comes from an unlikely source, and a game is set. Join the chickens and all the farm animals in a goal scoring good time as they learn about meeting challenges and making new friends.
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