Something has to be done about Ralph Henry Dalton! The Biggest Bragger in the Universe thinks he’s the BEST at EVERYTHING, and he doesn’t mind shouting it out every second he can! The kids in Miss Kassell’s fifth grade class have had enough of his arrogant boasts. But, how to stop him?

Jerrianna Kingsley is certain she knows how. Her twin, Jeoffrey, is very sure she does not! This idea of an air hockey tournament with Malley, their uniquely talented cat, as the Mystery Guest Player, is doomed to failure Big Time! Malley is good at the game, but she plays only when and if she feels like it.

So, who says she’ll feel like it on this all important day?

To Jeoffrey, the day is lost before it even begins.  To Jerrianna, the day is bound to be won—who can hold his head up after being beaten by a cat? Of course, Ralph Henry Knows the win already belongs to Him!

However, the events of Tournament Day play out in a way no one expects . .

Zacq, the Uttridge’s silver gray cat, is in search of the best place to take a snooze. But finding one is a challenge since the other pets of the family are looking for a napping spot too.

Where will Zacq finally find his purrrfect spot? In the kitchen or the living room? In the basement, maybe? Or perhaps in Mom’s bedroom or Glynn’s . . . Or somewhere else entirely!

Find out where Zacq’s perfect place is and who he has to challenge to win it!

A Few Reviews

(Reviews were given before the title was changed.)

Melody USA Amazon Reader Review

I bought Dalton’s Last Stand, by Anita M Shaw for my daughter to do a book report for school. I read aloud to her, and I ended up liking the book as much as my daughter did.

What I liked about this book, as a parent, is that it is true to life. While the children have to come up with their own solutions to problems, they have a real relationship with their parents. The parents are neither too perfect, nor too cruel. Nor are they clueless idiots just there to make the kids look smarter.

The story is geared to 8 – 10 year olds, though any age might enjoy the story. Fifth graders, Jerrianna and Jeoffrey Kingsley and most of their classmates are tired of listening to Ralph Henry Dalton’s arrogant bragging. He lives on the best street in the best town, has the best of everything and no one else could possibly out do him in anything.

Jerrianna comes up with an ingenious plan to put Ralph Henry in his place. Hold an air hockey tournament at their house and whoever is the winner plays against her Mystery Guest player . . . which is their new pet, a seven toed cat named Snowshoe Mal who loves to play air hockey—when she’s in the mood.

Jeoffrey, always the pessimist, is certain this plan is doomed to failure, and that his family will be chased out of town for allowing Ralph Henry such an easy win. He’d like to just hide the cat away on that fateful day, so his mom would be forced to take Malley’s place as Mystery Guest.

And when that day comes, some guests show up the twins weren’t expecting. Puts a totally different spin on their event!

My daughter liked finding out that some of the children’s weakness had also been their parents’ problems when they were young. She enjoyed finding out how helpful an animal can be in helping kids cope with stressful situations.

The story is told first person by Jeoffrey. It’s an easy read and the dialogue is pretty much what normal kids say. I am looking forward to trying more books in this series when they come out.

Tracey – Amazon Reader Review
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This book is charming and delightful all in one. Some books that are aimed for children, the really good ones teach even adults lessons that they can take and lead in their own lives, while being entertaining as well and “The Kingsley Twins” does just that. Good storytelling and a book that you can read to your children, good read and I highly recommend.

This book is worth perusing.

Eugenia Fain – Authors Den Reader Review

This book is an engaging read that is intriguing from beginning to end. It chronicles the story of a stray cat who is adopted by a family; they then discover the cat with the maine coon tale has a surprise talent. It is able to play air hockey. The children who star in this book, Jeoffrey and Jerri, are twins, The idea occurs to them that they can challenge their neighbor, Ralph Henry, to an air hockey game with the winner playing the Mystery Guest Player. This surprise player is the cat. The winner of the challenge is . . . .

Karen Lynn Vidra – Authors Den Review

Cute write, Anita! Well done; purrrfection!
(((HUGS))) and love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. 😀

MJ Hollingshead – Authors Den Review
enjoyed the read