The Painted Ponies of Partequineus: While resting in her bedroom one day after school, eleven-year-old Vanessa is enveloped by a mysterious purple mist and taken to the enchanted land of Partequineus, where lonely children and magical ponies are kept prisoner by a terrifying dragon. Unless she can help them all to escape, Vanessa will have to stay in Partequineus forever. The Summer of the Kittens: When young Hanna McCormick takes on the difficult task of raising a litter of orphaned kittens, she begins a challenging journey of self-discovery. With her friend Jimmy, who bravely faces the world from a wheel-chair, she experiences love and loss, joy and sorrow, and learns that whatever life may take away from us, something of value is left in return. About the Author: Peter H. Riddle is a public school and university teacher. He and his wife Gay are former foster parents and dedicated advocates for animal rights. They have two children and three grandchildren.