Jennifer Swanson
Penny and Rio:  The Mysterious
Backyard Meeting
by Jennifer
Penny and Rio are two dogs who are
complete opposites. Penny is curious
and always on the go, while Rio prefers a
good nap. At their new house, Penny
discovers that their backyard is the
meeting place for several different
animals. Penny doesn’t know why a cat,
a groundhog, a squirrel, and an owl
could possibly be meeting, but she
knows she has to find out. She comes up
with an ingenious plan for spying on
them and discovers their plot. She has to
stop them - but can she get her sister
dog, Rio, to help her or will Rio decide
that sleep is more important?     
Jennifer Swanson,  author of Penny and Rio:  The Mysterious Backyard Meeting
Jennifer Swanson lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband,  their three children, and her
two dogs.  She finds time to write in addition to being a substitute teacher, student, and a full-time
mom.  A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Jennifer is currently pursuing a master's of
education degree in K-8 science.  
Jennifer is inspired by her love of writing and memories of her  much-loved pets. While Jennifer
has been writing since she was a child, Penny and Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting holds a
special place in her heart as her first published book.  She hopes that you look forward to reading
more stories in the Penny and Rio series.
The books are based on loving memories of her real-life dogs, Penny and Rio, who were as
dynamic and adventurous in life as they are in the books.  Stay tuned for appearances of her new
dogs, Hannah and Lily, in upcoming books.
Jennifer may be reached at her email address,  
Here is a review of Penny & Rio from the
Midwest Book Review.  
Click here to view the
review on their website.  

Penny & Rio
Jennifer Swanson, author
Rosita Schandy & Neal Wooten, illustrators
Mirror Publishing
6434 W. Dixon Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214
9780981590417, $18.99

Penny & Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting
is a softcover children's book featuring two
canine friends who are diametric opposites.
Penny is curious and adventurous, while her
sister Rio likes to sleep most of the day. When
Penny discovers that a cat, a groundhog, a
squirrel, and an owl are using her backyard as a
meeting place, she is determined to learn more
about what is going on - while Rio is convinced
that sleep is more important. The narrative story
is detailed enough to make Penny & Rio ideal
for young people who are almost ready to
graduate to chapter books, and an important
underlying theme - that one should be
responsible for one's current pets and not
abandon them to the city pound for a new pet - is
also present in the cat's tale. Highly
recommended, especially for young dog lovers.
Congratulations to Jennifer on
having Penny and Rio: The
Mysterious Backyard Meeting
selected for inclusion in the
Children's Book Council 2009
Bibliographies.  Penny and Rio
will be read by over 12,000
children who will vote on their
favorite childrens book
published in 2008 for the
Children's Choice award.  For
more information, see the
Children's Book Council
It's official, Jennifer Swanson,
author of Penny and Rio: The
Mysterious Backyard Meeting,
is a finalist for the Royal Palm
Literary Award in the
published children's category.  
She will be attending the
annual Florida Writers
Association conference  Nov
15th where they will announce
the winners at their big
dinner.  Good luck, Jennifer!
Penny & Rio: The Locked Doghouse
by Jennifer Swanson
The crime-fighting dog duo of Penny
and Rio are on the case again!
Squeaky the mouse desperately
needs their help to recover his
precious belongings from a locked
doghouse next door. But will Hobbes,
the Great Dane, who lives in the yard
object? Through an inventive plan,
the resourceful pair strive to solve
this mystery. Can they recover
Squeaky’s belongings before the
doghouse is destroyed? Follow
along as the dynamic detectives,
Penny and Rio, discover that they can
do anything, as long as they work
together.     B &     B &   
Penny & Rio: The Diamond Collar
by Jennifer Swanson
A new adventure! The dynamic
canine detectives, Penny and Rio,
escape from the backyard for the first
time in search of a valuable diamond
collar lost by Hannah, the beautiful
show dog. During their search for the
misplaced treasure, they encounter
Ted, the loveable and energetic
collie, Sarge, the belligerent and
forceful German shepherd, and an
obstacle of epic proportions. But just
when it feels like Penny has reached
the end of the adventure, the prize is
ripped from her grasp. Solving this
new problem will take all the
ingenuity and determination these
dog detectives can muster.
Award-winning books in the Penny and Rio series:
Penny and Rio : The Mysterious Backyard Meeting
Penny and Rio : The Locked Doghouse Mystery

Recipients of the:
2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Juvenile Fiction – Early Reader
The Dove Foundation’s Family Approved Seal

What people are saying about Penny and Rio books:
"If your children love pets then they will love Penny & Rio."  --- Kristi Bernard, The National Writing Center for Children

"Entertaining, Heartwarming and Educational! Jennifer Swanson brings back the famous dog detectives, Penny & Rio, who are well-known
for fighting crime, and mysteries. This delightful chapter book, packed with colorful illustrations will capture the heart of any reader,
regardless of age…" --- Geri Ahearn Book Reviews

"These cute books are great for kids who are ready for short chapter books…And, it’s nice to have a story that is as wholesome as these
are: the books are dove family approved." --- Kathy Davis,

"We can’t wait to read more Penny and Rio books" --- Shawn’s Sharing Book Blogs

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