Better Together


By Kallie George

Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Cover design or artwork by Stephanie Graegin

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$37.99 CAD


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The Heartwood Hotel must prove its worth when a rival hotel comes to the forest! Full of courage, kindness, and adorable woodland creatures, one little mouse will discover the true meaning of home in this charming illustrated chapter book series.

Spring has come to Fernwood Forest, and the Heartwood Hotel is all a-bustle. With Mr. Heartwood off on vacation, it’s up to Mona and the rest of the staff to keep everything running smoothly.
When rumors buzz of a rival hotel, the Heartwood is determined to prove they’re the very best inn around with the most spectacular Spring Splash the forest has ever seen. Guests check in from near and far to compete for the Cutest Egg, the Tiniest Talent, and the Best Blossom.
But it’s not all fun and games! Is Henry the newcomer too happy to help out? And are those uninvited guests looking to cause trouble? There’s suddenly more to worry about than whose egg has the sweetest speckles. Can Mona find a way to bring everyone together in time to save them all from danger?

This heartwarming illustrated chapter book will delight newly independent readers and send them scurrying for the fourth book in the series, Home Again.
Don’t miss more stories about the Heartwood Hotel:
A True Home
The Greatest Gift
Home Again


  • Praise for ATrue Home (Heartwood Hotel #1):
  • "[A] warm, winning tale."
  • "This warm series starter is easy to love."
  • “Charming and imaginative, and full of endearing characters who excel at kindness as only animals can. With stories that highlights the power of friendship, the Heartwood Hotel is sure to leave readers eager to visit again.” 
    Ashley Spires, author and illustrator of The Most Magnificent Thing
  • “If there’s one thing...Kallie George knows, it’s how to create a tale full of whimsy.” 
    Quill & Quire
  • Praise for The Greatest Gift (Heartwood Hotel #2):
  • "Settle in a cozy chair and pass the cheese crumble! Mona’s adventures continue in this critter-crammed sequel that will pull at your heartstrings as well as your funny bone.”
    Cyndi Marko, author and illustrator of the Kung Pow Chicken series

On Sale
Feb 6, 2018
Page Count
176 pages

Kallie George

About the Author

Kallie George is the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series, as well as the Heartwood Hotel series. She works as an author and speaker in Vancouver, Canada, and she holds a master’s in children’s literature from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing books for young readers, she leads workshops for aspiring writers.

Shanda McCloskey is the author-illustrator of the STEM-friendly tales DOLL-E 1.0 and T-Bone the Drone, and has also illustrated Fire Truck Vs. Dragon by Chris Barton. Shanda (rhymes with “panda”) studied art in Atlanta and New York City, and now lives in Ball Ground, GA with two daughters, her husband, and dog.

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Stephanie Graegin

About the Illustrator

Patricia Maclachlan is the author of many beloved children’s books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, which won the Newbery Medal in 1986, several other bestselling books in the Sarah series, and picture books including All the Places to Love, What You Know First, Your Moon, My Moon, and Before You Came, co-authored with her daughter. A board member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, she lives with her husband in Massachusetts. They have five grandchildren-all of whom are firsts in her heart.

Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Don’t Feed the Baby, Water in the Park, Happy Birthday, Bunny! and several other books. She studied fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and went on to attend the Pratt Institute, where she received a master of fine arts in printmaking. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at

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