Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.

Charlene the Star was known for her jumping skills and ability to win in horse shows. But in this adventure, she wants something exciting to do in her spare time.

What will Charlene and her friends do for their new career?

What is Wooliam the sheep’s specialty?

Does his dream come true?

Young readers will enjoy this amusing tale, told by the adorable animal characters. This book highlights the value of friendship, helping others and teamwork.

Review by Hollie Anne Marsh: “Charlene the Star and Hatties Heroes is an encouraging and engaging story with an adorable set of animal characters that work together to face certain challenges. The story teaches young readers valuable lessons; about helping each other, working hard to achieve goals and also, about doing your individual best. The book is well written, with lovely illustrations and I just love the cute bonnet wearing chicken. I have no doubt that this book will become a firm favourite for any child!”

5 Star Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford (Readers’ Favorite): “Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s children’s early chapter book, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, is another joyful romp in the paddock type of story from the Charlene series. Like the other stories, this one provides young readers with lots of horse sense and excitement, as well as teaching them simple things about manners and respect. The animal characters are fun and enjoyable as they seek ways to help each other. The plot follows a plan to start a business that helps other animals overcome their fears and become the best they can be, while still sharing good manners and respect. This is a great story for horse and animal lovers.”

5 Star Review by Ann Ferri (Reviewer 348419): “What a wonderful book for children! It’s well written and will hold the child’s attention. I loved the way the author wrote the book with the animals talking and helping each other overcome problems and reach their goals.”

5 Star Review by Aimee Ann: “The synopsis of Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is gripping, glorious, and let’s not forget breath-taking. The novel has a plot that has surprised me more than once thanks to its captivating and absorbing nature. One thing is for certain when you read Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and that is you will never be bored reading because it is a diverse all-consuming assault of brilliance that will keep you motivated to read until the very end. It is like the author has a binding spell on young readers and the only way to break this spell is to fully immerse yourself in the layers of the book.”

5 Star Review by Geri Ahearn: “Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes is as funny as ‘Finding Nemo’, as entertaining as ‘Charlotte’s Web’, and as exciting as ‘Chicken Little’.”

5 Star Review by Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is an adorable story that will delight children from start to finish. One thing is for certain when you read Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and that is you will never be bored reading because it is a diverse all-consuming assault of brilliance that will keep you motivated to read until the very end. It is like the author has a binding spell on young readers and the only way to break this spell is to fully immerse yourself in the layers of the book.”

5 Star Review by Linda Pennington Black: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a beautifully written story of animal friends who have come together to encourage and help one another. Hattie loves her cute little bonnets and she prides herself on knowing what to do and when to do.”

5 Star Review by Theodore J. Cohen: “Children often feel they are the only ones facing challenges, things are always easier “for the other guy,” and they never are going to amount to anything. And of course, with children being children–which is to say, being capable of saying and doing cruel things (in the story, one horse kicks up mud in another’s face during a race) –situations involving competition can turn ugly fast. It’s easy for little ones to get discouraged under such circumstances, and here’s where they need all the encouragement they can get.

Reading a book such as this (and others in Ms. Dunne’s series) is the perfect tonic for brightening a child’s day and restoring their spirits. Who doesn’t love horses? Or a chicken that wears funny hats? Who can stay sad in the face of hearing about how friends can help friends overcome obstacles?”

Review by PSusan: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a delightful story where the animals take center stage. There are new challenges in which Charlene and her friends work together to support, encourage and learn determination. Teamwork is clearly shown in the character’s action as well as lessons in sportsmanship. The writing style is clear and flows well as the story unfolds. The characters are quite a mixed group, horses, a dog, a hen and a sheep, all with distinct personalities to appreciate. I loved the hat wearing hen.”

5 Star Review by Gigi Sedlmayer, Author: “Deanie Humphrys-Dunne did it again. What a lovely story about Charlene the horse and her friends, Hattie, the adorable chicken, the dog Elliot, the sheep Woolium. They all work together and help each other to get there, where they like to be. It’s a great book for horse lovers, and it is not only a story, it has the hidden meaning of “Never to give up and believe in yourself. Well done Deanie. Loved to read it.”

5 Star Review from Reviewer 98309: “I thought Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes was a cute read. I read it with my kids and they enjoyed it.”

Review from Penny G. (NetGalley): “This book was too cute! It is a wonderful children’s book about farm animals. My granddaughter enjoyed reading this together with me as her new ‘chapter book’. This story is told by the animals and is the second book in a series. We will be getting the rest to read.”

5 Stars Review from Kerrie H (NetGalley): “Several things I like about this children’s book. The illustrations are nicely done. The message is positive. (My paraphrase: set goals, be dedicated, don’t give up, team work, etc.) The story has a serious tone, but a lot of humor is sprinkled in. I loved all the characters! They were a sweet bunch of animals. One of the horses has blue eyes. When we raised miniature horses, we occasionally had a blue-eyed horse. I highly recommend this book.”

Amazon Review from SRM Reviews: “One way to positively influence our children is to expose them to good books that are engaging, entertaining and fostering healthy approaches toward life. This is exactly why I highly recommend Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s lovely book “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes,” which enchants and entertains while it promotes wonderful traits and virtues.”

Amazon Review by Sherry Ellis: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a book that would appeal to young horse lovers and animal lovers…It’s about helping others, working hard, setting goals, doing your best, and being a gracious winner or loser. All of these are valuable life lessons.”

Amazon review by J. L. Mitchell: “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is a beautiful tale about animal friends who are determined to succeed. It is a fun book with lovable characters. Highly recommended.”

Amazon Review by Janice Spina, Author: “This is an exceptional story for children of all ages.”

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Product Details:
Series: Charlene the Star (Book 2)
Paperback: 101 Pages
Reading Age: 8-10 Years
Grade Level: 3-4
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Edition (March 12, 2018)
Language: English
Grade Level: 3-4
Animal Books
Horses (Children’s 8-14)

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About The Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a multi-award-winning children’s author of eight books: My Life at Sweetbrier–A Life Changed by Horses, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, A Tractor Named Wilbur and Un Tractor Llamado Wilbur and Wilbur’s new Home.. Many of her fictional books are beautifully illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj who also designed the covers for them. Wilbur’s new Home is wonderfully jointly illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj and Wanda L. Urabazo. The series of Charlene the Star books is told by the animal characters.

Deanie’s writing has earned the coveted Mom’s Choice Awards for My Life at Sweetbrier and A Tractor Named Wilbur. Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes won the Reserve Champion Winnie Award at the Equus Film Festival in Children’s Fiction. In that same contest, My Life at Sweetbrier won the Winnie Award in Equine English Biography. Other accolades include the Titan Review Silver Medals, Readers Favorites silver medals, and New Apple Solo (Gold) Medal, among others.

Deanie believes the message that perseverance is the key to accomplishing amazing things and has made it her mission to share this message, one that can benefit every child. Through her inspiring, real life and fictional works, children learn that anything is possible when they refuse to give up on their dreams. Deanie knows from her own life experience that we can attain much more than we ever imagined possible by never quitting.

Deanie’s stories remind readers that tenacity is the key to success. She shares proof that obstacles can be overcome. With the goal of being a positive role model for generations of children, Deanie loves to write entertaining stories that emphasize values that build self-esteem and confidence in young readers. She works tirelessly to create stories that appeal to children in an engaging manner.

Deanie has been featured on several author websites including, and with authors JD Holiday and Annette Rochelle Aben.

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