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A Story of Courage and Friendship

In The Lonely Boats, a young boy named Michael recalls happy summers visiting his grandma Rose in Hattie’s Harbor with his family. One particular summer, his father tells him the story of a boat-builder named Garth who built two boats from felled oak trees and named them Kitty and Lou. When a hurricane threatens the village, Kitty and Lou spring into action. 

Available March of 2017

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About the Author

Michael-James is a native of Brooklyn, New York and grew up on Staten Island. His creativity began in his early years when he studied Art and Design starting in high school and continuing through college. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been in the home furnishings industry as an interior decorator for more than 25 years.

Michael-James currently resides in New York City, but on weekends he enjoys getting away to his lake house in the mountains.

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“This is my dad. He loved boats as much as I did when I was a kid…I wrote this book in his honor and memory. Rest in peace dad. With all my love.

—Your son, Michael-James Russo”

About the

Anna Nadler

Anna Nadler was born in Kaliningrad, Russia. After emigrating to America in 1993, as a teenager, she attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, and later – FIT, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in illustration.

Anna specializes in children’s book illustration, editorial illustration, fashion illustration, documentary art, creative logos, greeting cards, and other artistic projects. In her free time she also loves to sing jazz standards. Anna lives with her son in lovely and awesome Staten Island, NY.

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