New Children’s Chapter Book Details Timeless Bond Between a Young Boy and His Dog

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Children’s book author Susan Troutt releases her latest book, “Caleb and Shallow”

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For her 9th publication, Troutt felt inspired to write this story after her 8-year old grandson came up with names for the characters.

Passionately written and filled with memorable characters, Susan Troutt’s “Caleb and Shallow” continues her legacy of providing books for young readers that are filled with both humor and heart. For her 9th publication, Troutt felt inspired to write this story after her 8-year old grandson came up with names for the characters. From there, the story of 12-year old Caleb and a golden retriever named Shallow came to life.

After experiencing a tragic loss and a broken leg, Caleb is going through big changes when Shallow, a stray dog, suddenly appears in his life. Caleb and his grandmother learn how to tackle challenges they face, including Shallow’s new role as house pet. The chapter book’s story is told in the voices of both Caleb and Shallow, and readers can expect a heartwarming tale that will resonate with anyone who has been through hard times.

Written with elementary and middle school readers in mind, Troutt hopes readers will feel inspired by the relationship between boy and dog and their ability to help each other grow.

“Even though one may feel alone in this world, there is someone out there just waiting to be a friend,” the author said. “The first step is always the hardest but reaching out to someone pays off in the end.”

“Caleb and Shallow” delivers a touching story that truly showcases the power of perseverance and friendship. This book makes the perfect gift for young readers and they can expect more stories from Troutt in the near future. Learn more about her previous works at

“Caleb and Shallow”
By Susan Troutt
ISBN: 9781728322636 (softcover); 9781728322629 (electronic)
Available at the AuthorHouse Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Kentucky author Susan Troutt began her writing career as a teenage guest columnist for The Shively News, a local Louisville, Kentucky newspaper. Her alma mater, Louisville’s Valley High School, welcomed her as the 5th female and the 42nd inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame for her contribution to the world of literature and education. She has devoted her life to helping children appreciate good literature and thus began writing children’s books. Her publications include the hilarious “Jake” series (The How-to Joke, Jake the Detective, The Math Problem, and Who Are You Calling Little Shrimpy?) and the realistic fiction series, “Tales from the Granite Countertop” (The Child Pirate, Pirates to the End, Not as It Seems, The Missing Persons List, and Caleb and Shallow). As a retired elementary teacher and former Boone County Teacher of the Year, her writing workshops encourage students to appreciate reading and discover the magic of words. She is also the chairperson of Indiana’s WordWrites Guild.

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