Melissa A. Jones Debuts With Animal-Friendly Children’s Book

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‘Squawky: The Little Blue Jay’ tells true story of bond formed between family, injured bird

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When Melissa A. Jones and her family found an injured blue jay and brought it home to nurse it back to health, the bird returned to them year after year following its release back into the wild.

Inspired by this unique, heartwarming experience, Jones thought it would make a nice children’s story. In her new book, “Squawky: The Little Blue Jay” (published by Trafford Publishing), Jones tells the true-life story of Squawky the blue jay.

Sally is a young girl who lives with her father. She is happy a blue jay family has built a nest in her backyard. When one of the baby birds gets stuck on a thorn in a tree, Sally and her father rescue him and name him Squawky.

Together, Sally and her father work to give Squawky the loving care he needs to get back into the wild, and the baby blue jay is returned to his nest a few days later. The experience forms a bond between the humans and their new backyard bird family.

“Squawky” is a colorfully illustrated, uplifting story about the love between a girl and her father, compassion for wildlife and the growing bond between humans and birds who need their help.

By Melissa A. Jones
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 52 pages | ISBN 9781490741499
E-Book | ISBN 9781490741482
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Melissa A. Jones is a 54-year-old mother of two girls, with a loving husband, Todd. They have been married for 33 years and currently reside in Oregon. Coming from a family of 13 children, Jones’ family spent vacations in the Oregon wilderness, where her parents instilled in her a love of the outdoors and an appreciation for wildlife.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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