Newest Installment of Award-Winning Children’s Book Series Released

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Author Linda Harkey releases the 4th book of the Hickory Doc’s Tales series: ‘Doc, Willie, and The Pack’

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Fans of the series will encounter familiar faces from previous books as they follow Willie the Crow while he tries to join the dog pack and accompany them into their house.

A continuation of the growing Hickory Doc’s Series, “Doc, Willie, and The Pack” shares a new story that will appeal to the reader’s love of adventure, animals and the outdoors. Fans of the series will encounter familiar faces from previous books as they follow Willie the Crow while he tries to join the dog pack and accompany them into their home. Willie’s hilarious attempts to gain access to the house will charm young readers and create a conversation about the importance of inclusion.

With past books in the series winning top literary awards, this addition continues the series’ tradition of offering learning experiences, humorous situations and memorable illustrations. A Kirkus Reviewer praised the series, calling it “a sweet slice of rural American canine life.”

Like the books that came before it, this new book also contains educational elements that make it a great fit for classrooms. Harkey has a passion for inspiring the younger generation to fall in love with reading and extensive volunteer experience reading the books in her series to local students.

“These hunting dogs jump off the page and come to life through Linda's tales of their adventures as they face challenges in life,” said Cindy Carr, a second-grade teacher who opened up her classroom to the author. “Linda's stories engaged our students in the lives of these dogs, sparking great discussions and learning activities about character development, sequencing, and elements of the story.”

“Doc, Willie, and The Pack” will entertain readers and shed a light on the importance of friendship and the value of kindness. With more books to be released, teachers and families alike will certainly enjoy the series’ continuous focus on helping children develop stronger reading skills and an appreciation of what the outdoors has to offer.

“Doc, Willie, and The Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)”
By Linda Harkey
ISBN: 978-1-4808-8048-1 (softcover); 978-1-4808-8047-4 (electronic); 978-1-4808-8049-8 (hardcover)
Available at the Archway Publishing Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Linda Harkey is a children’s book author, hunting dog owner and former teacher. Graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Education, her work as a docent at several local museums writing curriculum for elementary-aged children contributed to the creation of this series. Featured in Story Monsters Ink, OKC Pets Magazine, Tulsa Pets Magazine and American Kennel Club Gazette, she has plans to continue to share her passion for writing and publish more books. She has two children, three grandchildren and her bunch of loving dogs (who are featured in the series). She lives with her husband, Michael, in New Mexico where she volunteers her time in local classrooms promoting children literacy. To learn more, please visit

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