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Saturday, April 23, 2011

T is for Signs of TROUBLE

Signs of Trouble by Janet Ann Collins
Illustrated by Jack Foster

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-111-5; 1616331119

eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-112-2; 1616331127


Children with learning disabilities get separated from their Special Education class on a field trip and use what they’ve learned to get reunited with them. The included activities can help children learn safety rules, understanding of people with special needs, basic reading skills, and creative writing skills.


Signs of Trouble is an adventurous story about two girls, a special ed student and her partner,  who get separated from their group. With a communication mix-up and a trip to the bathroom, the girls discover they are...gulp...lost!

During this edge-of -the-seat story,  we follow the characters as they face a real life test on what to do if you are lost.  Do they go with that strange lady who offered to help them find their group? Do they go looking for their group? Should they try to find the group meeting place on their own?

With some quick thinking and a creative solution,  the girls find a way to draw attention to themselves and get the help they needed.

This is a delightfully written story that all children can relate to. I loved at the end of the book there are a large variety of academic activities. More fascinating fun with author Janet A Collins!

Where to get Signs of Trouble:

Guardian Angel Publishing

About Janet A Collins:

Janet Ann Collins is a retired teacher who used to work at California School for the Deaf, Was a substitute teacher in many Special Education classes, and raised three foster sons with special needs in addition to her birth daughter.

She was a freelance feature writer for a newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a columnist for the Antique Auction Explorer and her work has appeared in dozens of other publications. Collins is the author of two other books with Guardian Angel Publishing, The Peril of the Sinister Scientist and Secret Service Saint.

About Jack Foster:

Jack Foster, children’s book illustrator, has illustrated more books for Guardian Angel Publishing, SHOO CAT!, Klutzy Kantor

You can see more of Jack’s work and leave him a comment at


Nancy Stewart said...

This is a great idea and a wonderful problem solver for kids as well. Congratulations!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you for the nice review, Jennifer.

Dixie Phillips said...

Bravo, Jan! Soooo proud of you. Loved the review, Jennifer.

BarbaraB said...

Thanks to Jen for hosting Janet Ann. This looks like a book that will be used a lot by teachers and parents of children with special needs.

Margot Finke said...

Signs of Trouble has a really cute cover - great kid appeal. And the story is one every kid should read and learn from.

Great review of a terrific story.

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Jack Foster said...

Your review is right on Jennifer! Love it! Hey thanks for the link :o)

Karen Cioffi said...

Janet, your book sounds great. I'm sure kids will be able to learn some coping skills through it. Best Wishes for its success!
Thanks for sharing Jen.

Susan Hornbach said...

What a great book for kids. Sounds wonderful. Wishing you great success!

Jennifer Gladen said...

Janet, looks like you are a hit! Thanks for stoping by everyone. Glad you like the sound of the book Karen :)

Jennifer Gladen said...

You're welcome Jack1 Your art work is fantastic! I love your attention to detail - it is consistent in every book!

Jingle said...

wow, superb book review,

you are a star writer, I am impressed.


Bless your weekend.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Jennifer, here's to making it this far, congratulations! I have an award for you!!

Sylvia Ney said...

I’m so glad I found you through the A to Z challenge. I look forward to visiting again.

Sarah Allen said...

This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

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