Category Archives: Hurricane Katrina

The Eighth Book of Christmas


This is the eighth day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like true heart-warming story collections, then you’ll love…

Actual kids' letters from Fort Collins

Letters From Katrina is a coffee table book that draws inspiration from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi children share their Katrina survival stories and are inspired by thousands of pen-pal letters from students around the United States. Peek over the shoulder of our children, read their heartwarming letters, and discover the magic that occurs when we ask life’s most magical question…Will you be my friend?”

Note: Another wonderful book about Hurricane Katrina to pair this book with is Two Bobbies. It was written by my writer friends, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson, and is true story about a cat and dog orphaned in the hurricane who help each other survive.

Mark Hoog

Mark Hoog is the author of the Growing Field children’s leadership series, a sought-after motivational speaker, the Executive Director of the Children’s Leadership Institute and a Captain with United Airlines. Speaking throughout the world, Mark is inspiring youth, business organizations and corporations to live life without limit through his message of Conscious Leadership.

Heartwarming Animal Story Released


My writer friend, Mary Nethery, has one of the biggest hearts for animals that I know. When she heard the story of an orphaned dog who looked after a blind cat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she was compelled to share this story of friendship with children. Mary and her writer friend, Newbery Honor Medalist Kirby Larson, co-authored Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival. And if you, too, are an animal lover, you will certainly be touched by this story.

The book is illustrated by New Orleans artist, Jean Cassells, who sweetly captures the closeness of these two remarkable survivors. It’s no wonder the book was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection and Indie Next List: Top Ten Books of the Season.

Mary is having a book discussion and signing at Northtown Books in Arcata, California on Friday, August 8 from 6-9 p.m. where pets will be available for adoption as well.

If you want to know more about Bob Cat and Bobbi dog, check out Mary’s site: