New Release Books by Callie Barkley

Callie Barkley is the author of The Critter Club 4 Books in 1! #3 (2022), Liz's Pie in the Sky (2021), Ellie Tames the Tiger (2021), Amy the Puppy Whisperer (2020) and other 47 books.

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The Critter Club 4 Books in 1! #3

release date: Jan 04, 2022
The Critter Club 4 Books in 1! #3
Join the Critter Club on their animal adventures in this heartwarming bind-up of books ten through thirteen of the adorable Critter Club chapter book series! Meet the Critter Club: Amy, Ellie, Liz, Marion, and all their animal friends! Together, these four girls help lost or lonely critters find homes. Join them as they find a lucky pig, rescue a baby octopus, babysit younger siblings, and care for precocious chickens. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. This sweet paper-over-board bind-up includes: Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig Liz and the Sand Castle Contest Marion Takes Charge Amy Is a Little Bit Chicken

Liz's Pie in the Sky

release date: Oct 05, 2021
Liz's Pie in the Sky
In this twenty-third book of the Critter Club series, Liz and her friends spend a festive fall weekend at Marigold Lake. They bake pies, go on nature walks, and help a goose keep up with his flock! Liz and her friends are at Marigold Lake for a festive fall weekend. Liz has lots of ideas for the weekend: they’ll go fruit picking, bake pies, and admire the nature around them. While out and about, the girls discover an injured goose who is hungry and separated from his flock. Will they be able to get their goose friend, Pie, back in shape so he can fly south with the others? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Ellie Tames the Tiger

release date: Mar 30, 2021
Ellie Tames the Tiger
In this twenty-second book of the Critter Club series, Ellie prepares for her stage debut while she and the other girls try to keep a new kitty from wreaking havoc on their barn! Ellie is paired up with a classmate, Paul, on a special dance number for the school play. But right from the start, Paul gives her the cold shoulder! Will Ellie and Paul be able to patch things up in time to take the stage together? Meanwhile, Marion, Ellie, Liz, and Amy rescue an adorable kitten named Tiger...but he can’t stop causing mischief in the Critter Club barn! Can the girls team up to help Tiger—and find him a new home? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Amy the Puppy Whisperer

release date: Sep 01, 2020
Amy the Puppy Whisperer
In the twenty-first book of the Critter Club series, Amy discovers she has a real knack for training puppies. But when she takes on too many puppy clients, things get out of hand—or paw! When Amy meets the owner of a brand-new puppy at her mom’s vet clinic, she agrees to help the woman train her new pet. Amy does such a great job, she starts getting calls from more puppy owners! Things go great for a while, but soon, Amy is in way over her head. She can’t say no to a puppy in need and has taken on way too many clients! Amy barely has time for school or her friends in between all the puppies. Can she dig herself out of this hole before she goes barking mad? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

Marion and the Girls' Getaway

release date: Sep 10, 2019
Marion and the Girls' Getaway
Marion plans a perfect girls weekend for her friends—with a surprise appearance from a snow bunny!—in the twentieth book of the Critter Club series. Marion has planned the ultimate girls’ getaway. There will be skiing, a trip to the spa, and of course, hot chocolate! What Marion didn’t plan was a snow bunny sighting! As members of the Critter Club, she and her friends are so excited to find the most adorable bunny. But when Marion’s kitten, Ollie, scares the bunnies away, Marion scolds him. That’s when she notices he’s been acting a little strange the whole time. What’s wrong with Ollie? And will the girls get to see the bunnies again? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Liz and the Nosy Neighbor

release date: Sep 11, 2018
Liz and the Nosy Neighbor
Liz has a big class project to complete but how can she focus on it when her nosy new neighbor seems to be popping up everywhere? Liz must solve both problems in the nineteenth book of the Critter Club series. When a boy Liz’s age moves in next door, Liz hopes they might become friends. But right away Liz can tell the boy has no interest in being friendly. So why does he keep showing up everywhere she is? Plus, Liz has a big class project to complete—an animal habitat diorama—but she can’t think of anything to create and her nosy new neighbor isn’t helping! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Ellie Steps Up to the Plate

release date: Jan 30, 2018
Ellie Steps Up to the Plate
Ellie tries her hand at softball in the eighteenth book of the Critter Club series, but she begins to wonder if she’s only meant for the stage! When Ellie joins a softball team, she quickly realizes that the sport is harder than it looks! Is she meant only for the stage, not the field? And what happens when Ellie goes searching in the woods near the field for a stray ball and finds an injured baby deer?! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Liz at Marigold Lake: #7

release date: Dec 15, 2020
Liz at Marigold Lake: #7
Liz can't wait to spend the weekend with the Critter Club at her house on Lake Marigold, but when all the activities go horribly wrong, Liz worries the weekend will be a disaster. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. is an imprint of Spotlight a division of ABDO.

The Critter Club Ten-Book Collection

release date: Sep 08, 2020
The Critter Club Ten-Book Collection
Books one through ten of The Critter Club series are now available in one adorable paperback boxed set! In the small California town of Santa Vista, four best friends Amy, Ellie, Liz, and Marion help found and maintain The Critter Club, a rescue shelter for animals that need care. Join the Critter Club girls on their delightful adventures as they deal with regular eight-year-old problems like going to school and making friends while also helping some adorable little critters. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for emerging readers. This charming collection includes: Amy and the Missing Puppy All About Ellie Liz Learns a Lesson Marion Takes a Break Amy Meets Her Stepsister Ellie’s Lovely Idea Liz at Marigold Lake Marion Strikes a Pose Amy’s Very Merry Christmas Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig

Amy on Park Patrol

release date: May 09, 2017
Amy on Park Patrol
Amy must come up with a plan to save a park—and all the animals living there—in the seventeenth book of the Critter Club series. When Amy learns that part of a nearby park may be destroyed and replaced by a shopping center, she’s devastated. Amy has spent her whole life visiting and playing in that park, and she’s always loved going on nature walks there. She can’t stand the idea that the park—and all the animals in it—would disappear! Can Amy come up with a plan to save the park? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Marion and the Secret Letter

release date: Feb 28, 2017
Marion and the Secret Letter
Taking a turn caring for the class pet hamster, Marion is devastated when the hamster goes missing and she receives an anonymous letter in her locker with clues leading to a mysterious scavenger hunt.

Liz's Night at the Museum

release date: Oct 18, 2016
Liz's Night at the Museum
In the fifteenth book of The Critter Club series, Liz is excited for her sleepover at the museum...until she hears some spooky noises! Liz can’t wait for her sleepover at the Santa Vista Art & History Museum! After all, it’s been her dream to stay overnight at a museum. But when the lights go out, Liz starts to hear noises: a flutter here, a rustle there. Where are the noises coming from, and what is making them? Will this museum sleepover actually turn into a nightmare? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Ellie the Flower Girl

release date: Aug 02, 2016
Ellie the Flower Girl
Read on for the next Critter Club book: Liz's night at the museum.

Amy Is a Little Bit Chicken

release date: Dec 22, 2015
Amy Is a Little Bit Chicken
Amy and her friends care for some chickens and prepare for the Santa Vista Quiz Bowl in the thirteenth book of The Critter Club series! Amy has never liked being in the spotlight. When all of her friends decide to form a team for the Santa Vista Quiz Bowl, Amy isn’t so sure it’s a good idea. She knows she can answer the quiz questions…but can she do it in front of hundreds of people? Meanwhile, the Critter Club is caring for a few chickens that need a home. And as the day of the Quiz Bowl gets closer, Amy starts to feel a little bit chicken herself! Will she get over her stage fright and help her team win? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Marion Takes Charge

release date: Sep 08, 2015
Marion Takes Charge
Marion finally gets to babysit her little sister Gabby in the twelfth book of The Critter Club series! Marion has always wanted to babysit her sister—but her parents have said she is too young! When they finally ask Marion to watch Gabby during a party at their house, Marion can’t wait! But she quickly finds out that babysitting isn’t as easy as it looks. Gabby won’t listen to Marion at all. After getting upset about losing a board game, she makes a total mess and even draws on the table! When Marion gets called to the Critter Club to help out with a run-away cat, Gabby tags along and causes even more trouble! Maybe being a sister is better than being a sitter… With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Liz and the Sand Castle Contest

release date: Jun 02, 2015
Liz and the Sand Castle Contest
Liz deals with some unfriendly competition at the beach and tries to rescue a baby octopus in the eleventh book of The Critter Club series. Liz and her family are at the beach! Liz loves building sand sculptures, so when she sees a flyer for a sand castle competition, of course she enters. She thinks she’s found a new friend when she meets her neighbor Tommy, who is also competing, but Tommy’s not so nice. He teases Liz about the castle she’s building and he laughs when one of the pieces caves in. Then Liz’s castle gets ruined overnight! It’s the day of the contest judging, and Liz no longer has anything to enter. Did Tommy destroy Liz’s sand castle? Plus, Liz finds a baby octopus that needs help! Will she be able to get the octopus back in the ocean and swimming again? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

The Critter Club 3-Books-in-1!

release date: May 05, 2015
The Critter Club 3-Books-in-1!
Read about best friends Amy, Ellie, Liz, and Marion who band together to form a rescue shelter to save lost and lonely animals in their town. Each girl has different personalities and interests, but they all have one thing in common: a serious love of animals. Together they help a group of kittens, a cute puppy, and some itsy-bitsy, baby mice. Join The Critter Club and fall in love with this fun flock of friends

Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig

release date: Feb 17, 2015
Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig
The Critter Club cares for a precocious pig that might just be giving Ellie good luck in the tenth book of the Critter Club series. When The Critter Club takes in an abandoned pig named Plum, the girls are really excited. They’ve never had a pig at the club before! They love learning how to take care of Plum. And they especially love watching Ms. Sullivan’s dog, Rufus, interact with the pig. But no one is happier about the club’s guest than Ellie. Soon after Plum arrives, Ellie starts having some unusually good luck. She does really well on a test for her least favorite subject; she aces an audition for a play at a local theater; and she wins a prize at school! Ellie is sure that Plum is bringing her good luck. So when the rest of the girls tell Ellie that they’ve found someone to adopt the pig, Ellie knows she should be excited...but she’s not. Will Ellie’s good luck turn bad once Plum leaves? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Amy's Very Merry Christmas

release date: Sep 30, 2014
Amy's Very Merry Christmas
Amy comes up with the perfect Christmas present for Ms. Sullivan in the ninth book of the Critter Club series. It’s holiday time in Santa Vista, and Amy is especially excited for Christmas. Her dad and soon-to-be stepmom and stepsister are visiting, plus, there are some adorable guinea pigs at the Critter Club. But amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, Amy notices that Ms. Sullivan seems a little lonely. Though Ms. Sullivan assures Amy that she will have a lovely holiday with her dog Rufus, Amy begins to wonder if there’s something she can do to cheer up Ms. Sullivan. As Christmas Eve nears, the Critter Club girls still have not found families to adopt the guinea pigs. But then, in a Christmas miracle, each guinea pig gets a home. And come Christmas Day, Amy has devised a great plan to give Ms. Sullivan some cheer—and some company—on Christmas! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

The Critter Club Collection #2

release date: Jun 07, 2016

Ellie's Lovely Idea

release date: Dec 03, 2013
Ellie's Lovely Idea
Valentine's Day is near, and to raise money for a charity called Puppy Love, Ellie persuades the other Critter Club girls to join her in selling and delivering singing telegrams.

Amy Meets Her Stepsister

release date: Sep 03, 2013
Amy Meets Her Stepsister
Amy is excited to meet her new stepsister Chloe…but it turns out Chloe doesn’t feel the same way! Can Amy and Chloe get along? Amy’s mom and dad have been divorced for as long as Amy can remember, but nothing prepares Amy for the news she gets on a weekend visit to her dad’s house in Orange Blossom: Amy’s dad is remarrying! In addition to getting a stepmother, Amy will also be getting a stepsister her age named Chloe. As the girls spend more time together, Amy realizes that Chloe isn’t as nice as she appears to be in front of the grown-ups. Chloe plays pranks on Amy and is just downright mean to her. Amy worries that she’ll be stuck with this stinky stepsister for life. Will she and Chloe ever be friends? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

The Critter Club 3 Books in 1! #3

release date: Apr 11, 2017
The Critter Club 3 Books in 1! #3
Join Amy, Ellie, Liz, and Marion with these three heartwarming Critter Club books in one purr-fect paperback edition! Meet the Critter Club: Amy, Ellie, Liz and Marion, and all their animal friends. Together, these four girls help lost or lonely critters find homes. Join the girls as they take care of some sweet frogs, find a baby octopus at the beach, and care for a lucky little piglet! Included in this cuddly edition are Marion Strikes a Pose, Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig, and Liz and the Sand Castle Contest.

Marion Takes a Break

release date: Jul 09, 2013
Marion Takes a Break
When an injury slows her down, Marion counts on The Critter Club to help her realize what’s most important. From violin lessons to training for an upcoming horse competition, Marion is scheduled to the max. Even though she always makes time for her duties at The Critter Club, she is beginning to feel overwhelmed. But when an accident forces Marion to slow down, Marion relies on her friends (the two- and four-legged ones) to cheer her up! As Marion’s ankle heals, she discovers a new talent—and realizes that winning isn’t everything. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

The Critter Club 4 Books In 1! #2

release date: Mar 15, 2016
The Critter Club 4 Books In 1! #2
The first four heartwarming Critter Club books are all together in one "purr"-fect paper over board edition! Read about four best friends who band together to form a rescue shelter to save lost and lonely animals in their town. Amy, Ellie, Liz, and Marion each have different personalities and interests, but they all have one thing in common: a serious love of animals. Together they help a lost puppy, abandoned bunnies, a wandering turtle, and a litter of kittens, all while conquering the stage, summer school, and a horse competition! Join The Critter Club and fall in love with this fun flock of friends. Included in this cuddly collection are "Amy and the Missing Puppy," "All About Ellie," " Liz Learns a Lesson," and" Marion Takes a Break."

Liz Learns a Lesson

release date: May 07, 2013
Liz Learns a Lesson
Members of the Critter Club are all excited about their summer plans until Liz learns that, instead of taking an art class, she will have to go to summer school to improve her math skills; but a fun teacher, a classroom pet, support from her friends and advice from her brother just might get her through. Simultaneous.
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