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Cheeky and CharlemagneCheeky and Charlemagne

by Donna Marie Seim, illustrated by Susan Spellman

Mission to North Country - Cheeky, a fun-loving river otter, and Charlemagne, a persnickety pine marten, are sent on a dangerous mission to help the furry animals of the North Country. Join these friends, and their woodpecker scout, Bandit, as they navigate raging rivers and hike tall mountains, while crossing paths with a mountain lion, surviving a blinding blizzard, and discovering the perilous danger of hidden traps. Will they arrive in time to save the animals from poisoned whizzer darts?

Readers' Comments

“As a teacher naturalist, I read field guides and children’s books alike, it is very rare to find the two intertwined as flawlessly as Donna Seim has done with Cheeky and Charlemagne.”
—Lisa Hutchings, School and Family Education Coordinator and Teacher Naturalist, Massachusetts Audubon’s Joppa Flats

“Donna Seim has done it again—I could not put the book down . . .”
—Prashant Khetan, CEO and General Counsel of Born Free USA

“To read this book is to join Cheeky and Charlemagne on an adventure of a lifetime.”
—Katelyn White & Catherine Bourque, children’s librarians, Newbury Town Library

Cheeky and Charlemagne is a must read and must have for all children’s libraries!”
—Maggie van Galen, children’s author of The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest series

“This charming book is doubly delightful. Not only is the reader treated to a very charming story . . . it is infused with wonderful tidbits about nature.”
—Michael Noonan, PhD, Professor of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Canisius College

About the Author

Cheeky and Charlemagne is award-winning author Donna Seim’s third novel for middle grade readers. Donna’s love for children and children’s literature has always been her passion, along with her love of animals.

Her first novel, Hurricane Mia, is an adventure story set in the Caribbean. Charley, her second novel is based on a true story of an abandoned boy in 1910. Charley has been awarded the Eloquent Quill Award, Top Honors from the Literary Classic Book Awards, and first place in Regional Literature from the New England Book Festival. Charley, the book, has now been adapted as Charley, the play, and is being performed in New England theaters.

Donna is also the author of two award-winning picture books, Where is Simon, Sandy?, and Satchi and Little Star.

Asante Sana Tanzania is Donna’s first armchair travel book, which takes the reader on safari in Africa. The title has won two national awards.

Donna is a graduate from The Ohio State University with a BSSW in the field of social welfare. Donna also holds a MA in Special Education from Lesley University.

Donna lives in Newbury, Massachusetts, with her husband, Martin, and her dog, Rags. You can see more of her work at

Ordering Information

$14.95, 6x9, softcover, 186 pages, illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-937721-53-4


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