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Book based on gerbil’s escape from Fort Mac fires released

Julie Beth Lodge and her son Jackson pose with the children’s book based on Lodge’s own experience escaping the Fort Mac fires with her pet gerbil.
Julie Beth Lodge and her son Jackson pose with the children’s book based on Lodge’s own experience escaping the Fort Mac fires with her pet gerbil.

Saving Thunder the Great: The True Story of a Gerbil’s Escape from the Fort McMurray Wildfire was released on Nov. 5, and Catalina resident Julie Beth Lodge says she is pleased with the reception.

The children’s book is based on Lodge’s own experience escaping the Fort Mac fire with her pet.

 

Lodge and her son Jackson, who also plays a role in the book, enjoyed a book signing at Coles bookstore in the Peter Pond mall in Fort McMurray.

The book was written and illustrated by two well-known author/illustrators of children’s books. Some proceeds from the book will go to help the local SPCA in Fort McMurray, says Lodge.

“Well honestly, the help it’s doing for the SPCA is what I really get out of this as I am not receiving funds from the book,” Lodge told The Packet.

Lodge says the illustrator of the book decided not to go to the signing because she said it was not worth the five-hour drive each way.

“She said no one comes to these things. She said they hadn’t had more than two people to show up, let’s just says she was shocked because we signed 125 books,” says Lodge.

Saving Thunder the Great is now available on hardcover on Amazon.com and in book stores across the country.

The children’s book is based on Lodge’s own experience escaping the Fort Mac fire with her pet.

 

Lodge and her son Jackson, who also plays a role in the book, enjoyed a book signing at Coles bookstore in the Peter Pond mall in Fort McMurray.

The book was written and illustrated by two well-known author/illustrators of children’s books. Some proceeds from the book will go to help the local SPCA in Fort McMurray, says Lodge.

“Well honestly, the help it’s doing for the SPCA is what I really get out of this as I am not receiving funds from the book,” Lodge told The Packet.

Lodge says the illustrator of the book decided not to go to the signing because she said it was not worth the five-hour drive each way.

“She said no one comes to these things. She said they hadn’t had more than two people to show up, let’s just says she was shocked because we signed 125 books,” says Lodge.

Saving Thunder the Great is now available on hardcover on Amazon.com and in book stores across the country.

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