Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert
A true story by Paul M. Howey, illustrated by Judy Mehn Zabriskie
Published by AZTexts Publishing/ Produced by Five Star Publications, Inc.
- Winner of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award!
- A Southwest Books of the Year—Best Reading 2003! Children’s Book Selection
- Chosen as One of the Top Five Children’s Books of the Year by Copley News Service
Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert is a true story written for children 5-11 years of age but with an appeal that will touch everyone who loves animals.
It tells of a dog abandoned in the desert who not only survives, but also manages to keep alive her six tiny puppies. They're eventually rescued and she goes on to become a pet therapy dog. Freckles now works with youngsters, many of whom come from backgrounds strikingly similar to her own.
A gentle, inspiring story, Freckles promotes not only a deeper appreciation for all animals, but also for each other.
The book contains an illustrated glossary of desert animals and plants mentioned in the book plus special sections with discussion topics for teachers and parents and information about adopting pets and about pet therapy.
"It is my hope that people of all ages will read this heartwarming book and then choose to do something to make the world a better place for our children and for our animals."
Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and founder of Animal Rescue Foundation
What teachers, administrators, and students are saying about our author (and dog!) talks ...
"We were very fortunate to have Paul Howey and Freckles visit with our students in grades K, 1, 2, and 3. The presentation was outstanding! The students loved hearing the book beforehand and then meeting Freckles in person. Mr. Howey interacted very well with the students and they enjoyed their time with him. His focus on caring, perseverance, and the important life skills in the book were a perfect tie-in with our work with students. I recommend his presentation to all grades. We're having him back to visit with grades 4 and 5 as well!"
Marianne Lescher, Principal,
Kyrene de la Mariposa Elementary School
"Any school looking for a quality author visit should consider inviting Paul Howey and his dog Freckles! Mr. Howey is a master at modifying his presentations to appropriately engage each grade level. He not only talks about how he rescued Freckles ... but he also shares with students that inspirations for writing can come to them any time and any place."
Ann Gavin, Library Media Specialist
Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary
"Dear Mr. Howey, Your Dog is so adorable. Your book was great. And when I grow up, I want to be a writer just like you. Thank you for coming to our school!"
Jekisha, 1st Grade
"Dear Mr. Howey, Thank you for coming to our class. I enjoyed it! Will you teach me how to draw Freckles?"
Leanna, 2nd Grade
"Dear Mr. Howey, I don't have a pet but my mom always says I'm a pet ... I think Freckles fits you because Freckles is nice and your are nice, too."
Your friend, Yata, 3rd Grade
"I loved Freckles and her puppies and all your other dogs. I hope I see you at Author's Night tonight. Thank you for coming to our classroom!"
Gabrielle, 4th Grade
To schedule Paul (and possibly Freckles!) for a visit to your school, send him an e-mail at