Tricks, Treats, Ghosts, Goblins Abound in New Halloween Story

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Author Barbara Carey-Rydberg appeals to readers of all ages with new children’s book ‘The Texan and the Panther’.

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A night of trick-or-treating leads to a memorable Halloween adventure in “The Texan and the Panther: Dexter and Samantha’s Halloween Adventure” (published by Lulu), the new children’s book from author Barbara Carey-Rydberg.

Brother and sister Dexter and Samantha are the new kids on the block in their neighborhood, and they’re excited to spend their first Halloween there trick-or-treating and dressing up.

Costumed as a Texas cowboy and a jungle panther respectively, Dexter and Samantha set out armed with a flashlight to explore their new town. When they notice a dark house up on a hill, they decide it’s worth the long hike for the delicious treats that might be awaiting them.

Venturing beyond their neighborhood fills the children with anticipation and the thrill of exploring. However, when they arrive at the house on the hill, instead of finding the treats they expected, Dexter and Samantha have an unusual trick played on them by an eccentric ghost and a giggly goblin.

Featuring full-color illustrations, whimsical characters and singsong, rhyming text, “The Texan and the Panther” is an ideal way to get children in the Halloween spirit as they follow the characters’ own night filled with wonder, adventure and – as every Halloween should – tricks and treats.

The Texan and the Panther
By Barbara Carey-Rydberg
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 32 pages | ISBN 9781483416212
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 32 pages | ISBN 9781483416205
E-Book | ISBN 9781483416229

About the Author
Barbara Carey-Rydberg lives in St. Francis, Minnesota with her husband, Paul, and their dog, Bandit. She is the mother of two daughters and grandmother to five. She has been a freelance court reporter in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for the past 30 years. More information is available at

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