Children's Books 

 BERT the Owl Bat 

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“Bert the Owl Bat,” second children’s book in “The Critters Series,” was released in August 2019. It is the story of an unlikely friendship between two “critters” who happened to meet quite by accident…a bat and an owl. They were leery of each other at first, especially since one was part of the food chain of the other, but they made the decision to be friends. When danger suddenly interrupted their lives, however, their friendship took on a whole different meaning.

 Published August 2019 

A professionally-illustrated, hard-cover Children’s book, the story of Hobie the Christmas Spider is created from a bit of Germanic folklore about an Old-World tradition…only from the perspective of the spiders! It teaches children about the love Jesus has for all living creatures – humans and animals, from the very large and sophisticated to the tiniest and seemingly most insignificant ones of all. It is a story of love and the “magic” of Christmas.

Collectible glass ornaments for "critters"

Now available are trademarked "Hobie the Christmas Spider" and "Bert the Owl Bat" glass ornaments, created by Blue River Studio LLC in Elizabethton, TN. Views shown here are front and back of the Hobie and Bert ornament, based on Madelyn's children's books. They are available for sale locally at the following locations or by contacting Madelyn through her gmail address listed on this website (see Contact section)

Mauk’s of Jonesborough

Jonesborough Visitor Center

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A new adventure - YouTube!

Narrated by me with background accompaniment by musician Howard Rohrer.

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"Your cover made me smile. Hobie is definitely cute. The artwork is lovely and a strong companion to the story words. This is an excellent interpretation of a folktale. Bringing some of the unknown ones to light inspires new ideas and the young readers might ask for their own family folktales as well."

     ...Writers Digest - December 2019

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Click here to hear Hobie's story on YouTube.

Hobie the Christmas Spider

 Published August 2017 

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