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Summer Reads that Help Animals

Penguin (USA) kicks off Read Humane™ with spokesperson Nora Roberts

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    Read Humane promotes a selection of animal-themed books, and benefits The HSUS. Oleg Prikhodko/iStockphoto

Penguin (USA) is featuring special edition animal-themed paperbacks from six of the publisher's most popular fiction authors in its Read Humane™ campaign, running from May through August, 2012.

To celebrate The HSUS's work to help animals and to encourage others to do the same, Penguin is making a $25,000 donation to our Animal Rescue Team, and each book contains a page designed to encourage readers to support The HSUS.

In an exclusive video, number-one New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts, spokesperson for Read Humane, says she's proud to stand with Penguin in their effort "dedicated to protecting the lives of all animals and fighting animal cruelty." Roberts is joined by authors Rebecca M. Hale, Alison Pace, Miranda James, Linda O. Johnston, and Sofie Kelly.

Sneak peek

Preview below the Read Humane selections from Penguin's website. Then check out the list of participating retail outlets and pick up your copy of these limited editions!

"The Search" by Nora Roberts
"To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life—a quaint house on an island off Seattle's coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescues. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare..."

"How to Wash a Cat" by Rebecca M. Hale
"A deceased uncle and a surprising inheritance propel a woman and her two very curious cats into the mystery surrounding his death. An investigation that starts amid the curios and novelties of a San Francisco antiques shop follows a twisted trail of dangerous deception that leads all the way back to the days of the Gold Rush itself."

"Pug Hill" by Alison Pace
"For Hope McNeill, pugs are love, unconditional friendship, happiness, and freedom—all qualities currently in short supply in her own life. She's also short on time and apartment space, and for those reasons she doesn't have a pug of her own. But she does have Pug Hill in Central Park, where pugs (and their owners) from all over New York City convene. As Hope faces her fears, she wonders whether some fears are so big that even all the pugs in the world might not be enough..."

"Murder Past Due" by Miranda James
"Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris—and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash. They also know his former classmate-turned-famous bestselling novelist, Godfrey Priest. But someone in Athena took Godfrey off the bestseller lists—permanently, and with extreme prejudice. Now, Charlie and Diesel must browse through the history section of the town's past to find a killer."

"Beaglemania" by Linda O. Johnston
"Lauren Vancouver is the head of HotRescues, a no-kill animal shelter north of Los Angeles, but it's often human nature that puts her in the path of danger. Just like when she helps rescue four adorable beagle puppies that were dumped down a drainpipe at a nasty puppy mill. One of the mill's employees has a history of dog abuse—and a bone to pick with Lauren. And when he's found dead at HotRescues after threatening her, Lauren will have to sniff out the real killer to keep herself out of a cage..."

"Curiosity Thrilled the Cat" by Sofie Kelly
"When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are magical—and she's relying on their skills to solve a purr-fect murder."

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