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Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with Maine author and Emmy-award winning reporter, Anna Crowley Redding, in support of her upcoming nonficition books for young readers, Rescuing the Declaration and Chowder Rules! 

Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America (illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham) will be released on April 14th from HarperCollins.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These are the words that helped found our nation. Today the Declaration of Independence is one of the United States' most heavily guarded treasures, but during the War of 1812 it would have been destroyed if not for one man whose story has nearly been forgotten by time. Come along on this historic adventure and learn how one ordinary clerk did a truly extraordinary thing. 

As a clerk for the State Department, Stephen Pleasonton spent his days quietly immersed in paperwork. He never expected to receive an urgent message telling him that the British army was on its way to the capital. And that the documents that Stephen was entrusted with--such as the original Declaration of Independence and the original Constitution--were all in danger!

It fell on Stephen to get our nation's most cherished and priceless artifacts safely out of Washington!

Chowder Rules! The True Story of an Epic Food Fight! (illustrated by Vita Lane) will be released on October 13th, 2020 from Islandport Press. 

Maine lawmaker Cleveland Sleeper loved steamy, creamy, dreamy clam chowder. Thoughts of tomatoes in his chowder made him see red. So he proposed a bill to make it a crime to add tomatoes to clam chowder. New Yorkers were offended! A war of words raged, until finally a duel of chefs settled the matter once and for all. The story behind the great chowder cook-off of 1939 is told by author Anna Redding with gusto, humor, and, of course, good taste.

To receive copies of these books, signed by the author, place your order with Print: A Bookstore. In the order comments during check-out, please include who you would like the books signed to. For any questions, reach out to our Children's Manager, Stephanie Heinz, at 207-536-4778 or Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of the safety of authors and staff, signatures and personalizations for books will now be done on bookplates. If you would prefer a signed book and do not mind a delay before it is shipped, please let us know in the comments on your order. As a special bonus, pre-order now and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a signed bundle of all four of Anna’s books! Two winners will be selected in October upon the release of Chowder Rules!

Before diving into the deep end of writing for children, Anna Crowley Redding’s first career was as an Emmy-award winning investigative television reporter, anchor, and journalist. The recipient of multiple Edward R. Murrow awards and recognized by the Associated Press for her reporting, Anna now focuses her stealthy detective skills on digging up great stories for kids—which, as it turns out, is her true passion. 

The reviews for Anna’s debut nonfiction Google It: A History of Google are in!

“Investigative journalist Redding does an admirable job of chronicling Larry and Sergey’s amazing successes and will inspire young people to follow in their ingenious footsteps. It’s more comprehensive than other books for young readers about Google’s founders, with energetically written short chapters, interesting facts, graphics, and photos” ―Booklist, starred review

“This readable and breezy history of the tech behemoth [is] An appealing and timely look at a universally relevant subject and a good fit for STEAM-related reading lists.” ―School Library Journal

“This chronological history of the first two decades of Google is attractively packaged to appeal to a teen audience. … Humorous accounts of Google’s unpretentious beginnings as a student project, and its early years as a bare-bones startup in a friend’s garage will intrigue teens who dream of growing their own projects into software and devices used by millions.” ― VOYA

And Anna’s follow up, Elon Musk: A Mission To Save the World was named a BEST STEM BOOK by the National Science Teachers Association for 2020.

And now, Anna announces her debut her first picture book, Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How we Almost Lost the Words that Build America (Harper Collins 2020).  This long-forgotten true tale follows a hero’s epic journey to save America’s Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other founding documents from British torches! Kirkus Reviews says “This rollicking tale gives a nice sense of the time period. It also emphasizes how the actions of a less-than-famous but determined individual can have great effect and demonstrates that each person’s role in history—even one that focuses on packing up government files and papers—is important. Budding historians as well as those unfamiliar with history will both enjoy this pleasant, fast-moving selection.”

Anna’s work has been published in three languages and have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections. Anna and her boys live outside of Portland, Maine. Anna is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062740328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - April 14th, 2020

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Chowder Rules!: The True Story of an Epic Food Fight Cover Image
By Anna Crowley Redding, Vita Lane (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781944762827
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Islandport Press - October 13th, 2020

Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250313621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 2nd, 2019

Google It: A History of Google Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250148223
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 14th, 2018