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The Inspirational Story Behind the Book

I wrote Charlie Takes an Adventure when I was only 11 years old. It started out as a language arts project.  My teacher gave us the task to write a book.  At the end of the school year, my manuscript was returned to me in a “hardcover” format.  

And I gotta tell you… I was pretty excited to see this book in hard cover. When I showed dad my book, I said,“Dad, how cool would it be if I can get this book published for REAL someday!!!”

Well, being 11 years old at the time, I had no clue how-to get a book published. So what happened….? My book sat on the book shelf collecting dust for 13 years.  I tried and tried to get my book published, however, not one person thought it would be a good idea.

I would constantly hear the discouragement from family members, best friends, teachers and even librarians.        

They would tell me:

“Haley, you are way too young to publish a book!

“Haley, it’s way too hard to publish a book!”

“Haley, it costs too much money to publish a book!”

              And… I even had a boyfriend say to me,

“Haley, you aren’t smart enough to publish a book!”

Two years laterCharlie Takes an Adventure was hit with an overwhelmingly positive response from; children, parents and educators across the board. The book launched at the middle school I attended when I was in 6th grade, Loggers Run Middle School!  At this event, I gave a motivational talk to 400+ people in the auditorium, which included; students, parents, faculty, and the Superintendent of the Palm Beach County Schools.  

Since the launch of my book, I have visited 100’s of schools across America.  I have even been invited to inspire; Elementary and Middle Schools and religious afflictions with my motivational event titled, “Dream Big”.

  I have also been selected to be keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of America, as well as, Keller-Williams Real Estate Investment agents.

2017 was a very exciting and groundbreaking year for Charlie and I…

  • Miami Seaquarium placed order and it’s on their shelves

  • IMAG-Imaginarium Aquarium and Science placed order and it’s on their shelves

  • Launched an assortment of new products that compliment the book:  hand-made/stitched “Charlie” tote bags, wallets and  even penguin necklaces

  • Recognized on Fox News, Miami Herald, Lynn University Alumni News, West Boca News and Wei Radio.

  • Selected to read my book for a Target sponsored event at the Miami Children’s Museum

  • Selected to participate in Girl Fest for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (University of South Florida)



~Play the video below to see wonderful illustrations from the book!~

And if you want…make some popcorn first! LOL. Ha-Ha! :)


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Remember: Never let anyone tell you, you can’t!:)

In Stores and Online!

Give the gift of literacy… and buy this book 


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“Keep an eye out for Charlie’s next adventure, fall 2018.

 *** Can you  guess, where Charlie            will be heading in book #2? *** 


Dream Big!!!

Haley Marguerite xoxo




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