AUTHOR: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

See what Charlene & her friends are up to in this amusing, character-building, story!
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


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Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes
Charlene the Star is becoming known for her talents, but she wants something exciting to do in her spare time. What new career does she have with her friends, Hattie, Elliott and Wooliam? You'll love their exciting adventures,full of life lessons!



Tails of Sweetbrier is an award winning autobiography of a little girl who wants nothing more passionately than to become a champion horseback rider, in spite of her handicap. Tails of Sweetbrier was the Silver Medal winner in the Feathered Quill Book Contest (2014). This inspring true story will show you that nothing is impossible if you persevere. Here are excepts from Tails of Sweetbrier:"Have you ever really wanted to do something, but you came across a roadblock of some kind? Maybe you're afraid of new things or maybe you have a physical challenge. You have to make a difficult choice. I made that choice once and it changed my whole life."

 Excerpts from review by Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti:Written by Deanie Humprys-Dunne and illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, Tails of Sweetbrier will leave you knowing that you, too, "have the power to make
your dreams come true."

From Review by Geraldine Ahearn:

The author points out the value of family and friendship, while motivating others to reach for their dream, despite obstacles that may have to be battled with along the way. Furthermore, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne encourages discipline, high self-esteem, and a positive attitude throughout this compelling story. The author motivates children to overcome their fears, achieve their goals, and follow their dreams. "TAILS OF SWEETBRIER" tugs at the heart, is as captivating as RADIO, and as inspiring as FORREST GUMP, with Tom


Charlie the Horse is a fictional tale about a young horse who wants to win the Kentucky Derby. What happens when Charlie starts his training? Does he focus on his work? Your child will love Charlie's amusing adventures and learn important life lessons as well. Charlie the Horse was a book of the week selection. Excerpts:"I want to be the best race horse around when I grow up, mama."

"You can be, Charlie, as long as you are willing to work hard, try your best and not give up when you have a bad day." From Review by Geraldine Ahearn:The main character Charlie is adorable, talented, and amusing. The author encourages children to work hard at reaching their goals, overcome their fears, and believe in themselves.


Charlene Ad80Charlene the Star doesn't like racing. What does she do instead? She finally finds her place to shine. You'll love her adventures and learn important life lessons.

Excerpts from review by Sherry Ellis:

The inherent message of the book is to find your talent and then work hard to develop it. This is a nice message that young kids need to hear. Charlene the Star is a enjoyable read, and one that I would recommend.

Excerpts from review by Geraldine Ahearn: This easy to read children's book is delightful and educational as it teaches young children to reach for the stars, and follow their dreams.

The author teaches the young reader how to follow the footsteps of a good role model, and the importance of doing your best, regardless of which career path you choose. More important, with time and patience, our talents will blossom in our special place in the world. Did Elliot's friendship and Mary's praise make Charlene feel proud? How did Charlene do at the Sterling Club? Was number thirteen a lucky number for Charlene? How did Charlene's goals and dreams differ from the dreams Charlie had at her age? Does Charlene become a champion? "CHARLENE THE STAR" is funny, heartwarming and as entertaining as THE Horsewhisperer."



CharleneHattieCharlene the Star & Hattie's Heroes

Hattie and her friends need something exciting to do. What is their new career? You'll love their amazing adventures!  You'll love this adorable, humorous story!

Excerpts form review by Geraldine Ahearn:

  The author takes the reader on an amusing adventure as the story teaches moral value, friendship, problem-solving, and challenges. A magnificent learning stimulation with adorable characters, who come to life.

Excerpts from Review by Author Sherry Ellis:
Charlene the Star and Hatties Heroes is a book that would appeal to young horse lovers and animal lovers. The added bonus is that it is a book that teaches good character. It's about helping others, working hard, setting goals, doing your best, and being a gracious winner or loser.


About Me

Author Portrait
Deanie is a graduate of Institute of Children's Literature. She was formerly an instructor of equitation at her parent's farm, Sweetbrier. She has four children's books published at this time. The first is Tails of Sweetbrier, an award-winning inspirational true story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion equestrian, in spite of her handicap. This is the story that won the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Contest. (2014) Tails of Sweetbrier shows that nothing is impossible if you persevere. It was chosen most inspirational book(visiting author) by the staff of the Pawling Book Cove. Her second book is Charlie the Horse is a fictional story of a race horse who wants to win the Kentucky Derby. Charlie comes from a famous family of race horses. He wonders if he has the talent to succeed. What will happen if he doesn't feel like running? What if he faces challenges on the race track? You'll find the answers to these questions and more while Charlie's adventures entertain and inspire you. Charlie the Horse was a book of the week selection. All of her books have received 5-star reviews.
Deanie's third book is Charlene the Star. Charlene was born into a famous racing family. What happens when she doesn't have the talent for racing? How does she show her trainers that she doesn't like racing? Does she become a model instead? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine.
Deanie's fourth book, Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes, is a tale of Charlene's adventures with her friends, Elliott, Hattie, and Wooliam. They accomplish amazing things in their new career. You'll love this delightful, funny, story, which teaches lessons valuable lessons about teamwork and helping others.All of Deanie's stories are full of important, character-building lessons for children and they are fun to read. Deanie has recently done an interview on, with renowned author, Amb. Claire Power Murphy. It is titled "Building Character Through Children's Books" and is part of Amb. Claire Power Murphy's show, "Improve Every Year." It received top billing. You find it listed in the archives indefinitely. Additionally, Deanie is now working as secretary to Claire Power Murphy in her orgs; Tomorrows Free Online and the
All of Deanie's books are now on Kindle! Both Tails of Sweetbrier and Charlie the Horse have been revised in second editions. You may find out more about Deanie's books on her new website: She also has a
Deanie and her sister/illustrator, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, have been featured on a local TV station, when they discussed Tails of Sweetbrier.
Deanie has received several blogging award nominations including: the Sunshine Award (2), Best Moments Award, Super Sweet Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Liebster Award (2), among others.
Deanie has been featured on several author websites including In addition, she was interviewed by host, Don McCauley on You may listen to her interview by clicking on the title of her book, Tails of Sweetbrier.



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