LongTale Publishing Announces the Release of the First Book in the New Turtle Town Series – The Inner Puka By Melissa M. Williams

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Snap Shell is back in the new spin-off series by the author of Iggy the Iguana and Summer League!

Long Tale Publishing and author Melissa M. Williams will be releasing the book for elementary school students ages 8-12, titled The Inner Puka, at the Barnes & Noble, Copperfield location on June 25.

The first book in the Turtle Town Series, The Inner Puka, is about Snap Shell, a box-shell turtle from Texas, who must find his place among a society of surfing sea turtles along California’s southern coast. Snap Shell, the box shell turtle we all loved from the Iggy the Iguana series, has waited his whole life to follow his dream of becoming a real surfer. When his father is transferred to California, Snap gets the chance to embrace the much sought after waves of the West Coast. He faces many challenges, due to his physical differences from the other sea turtles. Good thing he brought his trusty blue flippers! On Snap's journey of becoming the only surfing box shell on the beach, he discovers long hidden secrets that will have the power to either destroy him or truly help him find the inner puka of his soul.

Parents will find that this book is also full of positive and valuable lessons for their children. “The foundations of my writing style have come from my own strong values that were taught to me as a kid. I wanted to find a way to make a fun loving story productive in a sense that the lessons learned are so subtle that children just ‘get it!’ After being around many kids in the school system, I have had the opportunity to see what kids are really looking for in chapter books these days,” said author, Melissa Williams about the book. The Inner Puka is available for purchase online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and TutleTownBooks.com.

Along with the release of Turtle Town-The Inner Puka,, Melissa and is hosting two separate 5 Day Creative Writing & Illustration Workshops for incoming 2nd-4th graders and 5th-8th graders in Houston on June 20th and July 11th.

About the Author:

Melissa M. Williams has been writing stories since the age of eight years old. Many of her stories were inspired by real-life experiences with childhood pets she owned while growing up in Houston, Texas. It is extremely important for her to reach out to her young readers and show them the benefits of using their creativity at a young age. While finishing her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, Melissa started substitute teaching, which inspired the writing of a series relatable to elementary students while including lessons, values, and acceptance within the storyline. Melissa spends most of the school year visiting students and encouraging them to think outside the box and write their own stories. Inspiring students to read and write is the main goal as she promotes literacy through her creative writing contests and activities within the Texas area. Melissa always reminds her audience that she gets her ideas from them. They young brain is a naturally creative brain, so we must learn to take advantage of that gift and continue to develop it into our later years. For more information, please visit http://www.IggytheIguana.com.


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