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The Inspirational Story Behind the Book

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

Boy, I was pretty excited to see my book in hardcover. When I showed my dad the book, I said, “Dad, how cool would it be if I can get this book published for REAL someday!!!”

Being 11 years old at the time, I had no clue how to get a book published. So this is what happened… My book sat on the bookshelf collecting dust for 13 years.  

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

This is what I would hear:

“You are way too young to publish a book!

“It’s way too hard to publish a book!”

“It costs too much money to publish a book!”

             I even had one guy (“boyfriend”) that I dated tell me this: 

You aren’t smart enough to publish a book!”

 I sure was smart enough to dump him after that comment…right!?

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 the keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of America (2 years in a row), as well as, Keller-Williams Real Estate Investment agents.

My company and I just celebrated 3 years in business. These were some of the exciting moments throughout the years with Charlie!

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

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

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

  • Recognized on Fox News, Miami Herald, Lynn University Alumni News, West Boca News, Belle Glade Sun, Loggers Run News, Lakeland News, The Village Sun 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)

  • Book 2 launched, Charlie Takes an Adventure to Massachusetts

  • Sold over 8,000 copies of Charlie Takes an Adventure



~Press play to watch the video below. You will see the wonderful illustrations the book!~


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My Newest and latest book: 






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 2019

(Book #3) Charlie will be taking his next adventure in New York!!



(Book #4) And…… Charlie Takes an Adventure to Illinois is in the works….!!



Dream Big!!!

Haley Marguerite xoxo




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