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“Julie Maxey-Allison's … easy style makes the telling of an intriguing story very readable." 
     — Larry D. Brooks, President, Del Mar Historical Society

“Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting the perfectly restored Edelweiss house must wonder about its history.  
Julie does a great job of telling … how it is inextricably linked to the unique history of Del Mar. It’s a great read!” 
     — Bob Gans, President, Del Mar Foundation

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This book tells the fascinating story of life in the desert as seen through the eyes of Renaldo, a Sonoran desert tortoise. Photos, drawings and Renaldo’s clear explanations help readers of all ages and backgrounds understand desert ecology.

“I am more than 80 years old,” begins Renaldo, “and I’ve lived here all my life. I want to tell you about some of the things I’ve seen.”

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Winner of a Mom's Choice
​Gold Award  

3 Tales, 4 Dogs

A gift of local history . . .

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Tell and Show ™ Books

Winner of two 2018 International Latino Book Awards (Story & Pictures)

Tank & Friends series: ​Perfect for kids 4 to 8

Jack David, Noisiest Kid

Paperback editions

​​​​A double memoir …
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Desert ecology thru the eyes of a tortoise

This story of affection and kindness shared by grandmother and granddaughter will warm the hearts of children, parents and grandparents alike.  It's about love — and fun, and adventure (but not so much that it couldn't be read at bedtime) and a little magic. 

The perfect gift from grandmother to grandchild … or vice versa

Winner of a Bronze medal,
 Military Writers Society of America
(Memoir & Biography)

Nature & Environment

Winner of a 2018 International
​Latino Book Award  

Readers of all ages will get a kick out of these stories. Each book offers a sophisticated vocabulary, a well-crafted story line, great characters, and perhaps most important, humor. A sophisticated sense of humor, expressed at an early age, is often a characteristic of gifted individuals — which makes these stories great for kids in grades K–2 who are reading (or listening) at a much higher grade level.

“… challenging but yet age- and content-appropriate” — Dr. Bob Seney, Emeritus / Gifted Studies

2019 San Diego Book Award
​Finalist  (Children's Nonfiction) 

A Southern California story

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Perfect for kids 4 to 8! and their grandmothers

Winner of a 2019 International Latino Book Award 

To improve safety for drivers and highway workers, Dr. Elbert Dysart Botts and his team developed Botts Dots. These little round markers, laid out in rows, made it easier for drivers to stay within their lanes, especially in the dark or in rainy weather, or when sleepy or distracted. This is the story of Dr. Botts and his dots.

The story of how the noisiest kid in the class saved the day! 

Ideal for budding artists. Read a page, make a picture, put your name on the cover to claim your fame!

Some inventions are such a familiar part of our everyday lives that we don't stop to think about where they came from …

Easily accessible and richly illustrated, this book chronicles the secret lives of coral reef animals. Appealing to divers, snorkelers, and armchair travelers alike, it also reveals the connections between humankind and this most diverse ecosystem, as expressed in art, science and literature from ancient times to today, and forward into the future.

Author Chuck Weikert surprises readers with every page turn, building an appreciation for reef creatures to serve as a foundation for protecting them.

Jorge and the Lost Cookie Jar

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Follow Tank and Topo on their neighborhood search for pups to play with. 
Includes a family guide to "Dog Park Etiquette."

“… a cheerful and realistic book about a harmonious multicultural, multigenerational family … Although diligently unpacking boxes as they move into their new home, family members are not too busy to help in the youngest child's search for the lost cookie jar. Vibrant illustrations reflect the charm and diversity of modern Latino families.” — Mara Price, award-winning author of Grandma’s Chocolate

    “… a fun upstairs, downstairs search that reveals a surprising culprit. Children will relate well to this sweet story.” — Maria de la Luz Reyes, author of How Will I Talk to Abuela? (International Latino Book Award Winner)
kanaga diary

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Our Newest !

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Nature & Environment

It’s the winter of 1937–’38. World War II is brewing. At a remote duty station on Kanaga Island, Alaska, in the middle of the Aleutian chain, eight men are engaged in a U. S. Navy mission whose aim is secret even from them. Six of the men record weather data and monitor radio communications between Japanese fishing boats. A seventh is the cook. The eighth man, the medic, Chief Pharmacist’s Mate Royse Gibson, has little to do — no one in the small contingent gets sick, no one is injured. 
     There will be no mail in or out for months. So Gibson keeps a diary in the form of letters to his wife and two young daughters, to be mailed if ever it’s possible, detailing his daily routine and his far more interesting spare-time activities on the island. 
     Then one day Gibson and the cook go seal hunting — and disappear without
a trace.

     Gibson’s letters home, finally delivered to his family months later, comprise half of Kanaga Diary. The other half of this “double memoir” is his daughter Estelle’s story of the family, struggling, eventually moving on, but keeping his memory alive.
In 1995 Estelle and her husband set out for Kanaga, to investigate her father’s disappearance and to finally say goodbye.

Playmates for Puppies

Meet Tank the basset hound and three more delightfully quirky canines.

Track their travels on Neighborhood Maps.

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​​​Perfect for kids 4 to 8!

Who Invented That?  books

Spanish language edition

​​Hound's Glenn stories

The fascinating story of Southern California's iconic walled estate, 
La Atalaya, better known today as the "Snakewall Property." 

Written in a comfortable and colorful style, Brier Miller Minor's book covers three generations of Burnetts, the well-to-do family that built the estate and then migrated back and forth between the hubbub of Los Angeles and tranquility of Del Mar for nearly half a century. La Atalaya was built in the Roaring Twenties; struggled through the Great Depression, a devastating fire and World War II; and was lost to the family with the death in 1971 of the patriarch, the author's grandfather, cement mogul Coy Burnett. And yes, Minor pieces together the puzzle of how the name "Snakewall" came to be.

Beyond its obvious attraction for anyone with ties to Del Mar, this book will also appeal to those interested in Southern California history,or in the family dynamics of wealth, through good times and bad.