by Marylyn Kight Porter Speedy the Snail and His New Family is the story of a snail who meets his new family in a most unexpected way. This book was inspired by a real-life Speedy who did indeed make himself at home with the Porter family. The Porters would certainly agree that Speedy has been their most unusual pet so far. They have also learned quite a bit about snails as they have taken care of Speedy. They are delighted to be able to share their experience with young readers. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Marylyn Kight Porter has written her first book at the age of seventy-eight. She has entertained family and friends over the years with many amusing stories, but this is the first time she has put one to paper. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Mrs. Porter has three children and two granddaughters. Also of note, she is a past "Woman of the Year" for Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR Mandy Mach Haverly has captured the unique personality of Speedy the Snail in her imaginative and whimsical illustrations. She is the great niece of Marylyn Kight Porter, and this is the second children's book she has illustrated. Mandy has spent much of her life in the Virginia Beach area but now resides in California with her husband Tony and her new daughter Riley. (2006, paperback, 54 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.